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Research Letter
December 2017

Attitudes Toward Morbidity and Mortality Conferences Among Medical and Surgical Pediatric Specialists in Armenia

Author Affiliations
  • 1Division of Pediatric Surgery, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Los Angeles, California
  • 2Division of Pediatric Neurology, Arabkir Joint Medical Center, Yerevan, Armenia
JAMA Surg. 2017;152(12):1178-1180. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2017.2974

Morbidity and mortality conferences (MMCs) are a core component of surgical quality improvement (QI) efforts throughout the developed world. Although MMCs have been adopted in several low-to-middle income countries (LMIC), little is known about their early development and implementation.1

Armenia is an LMIC and former Soviet Republic with a population of nearly 3 million.2 In Armenia, most hospitals have only rudimentary QI programs, and very few institutions conduct MMCs.3 To understand the opportunities and barriers to developing MMCs, we assessed the attitudes and perceptions of hospital-based physicians in Yerevan, the capital of Armenia, and compared these attitudes and perceptions between surgical and nonsurgical clinicians.

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