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Surgical Outcomes Club
July 29, 2020

Achieving Critical Mass in Surgical Outcomes Research: The Changing Role of the Surgical Outcomes Club

Author Affiliations
  • 1Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness and Safety, Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center, Houston, Texas
  • 2Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas
  • 3Department of Surgery, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • 4Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • 5Division of Endocrine and Oncologic Surgery, Department of Surgery, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
  • 6Center for Surgery and Health Economics, Department of Surgery, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
JAMA Surg. 2020;155(10):911-912. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2020.1921

In 2005, the Surgical Outcomes Club (SOC) was created to advance research into the organization and delivery of surgical care using modern research tools—so-called health services research (HSR). Now HSR has expanded such that it dominates scientific sessions at all major surgical meetings and publications in every major surgical journal. In parallel, SOC membership has increased significantly from an initial 60 dues-paying members in 2005 to more than 260 in 2019. While this growth demonstrates the importance of and need for this type of research, it creates new challenges and opportunities for the SOC.

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