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Higher-volume hospitals have better laryngectomy outcomes

from HealthDay News via Physician's Briefing

Christine G. Gourin, MD, from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, and colleagues evaluated the volume-outcome association for laryngectomy surgery to identify a minimum hospital volume threshold associated with improved outcomes. The researchers found that higher-volume hospitals were more likely to be teaching hospitals in urban locations and to treat patients who had hypopharyngeal cancer. Higher-volume hospitals were more likely to treat patients of white race/ethnicity, who were admitted electively, who had no comorbidity, and who had private insurance. Further, higher-volume hospitals were more likely to perform flap reconstruction or concurrent neck dissection. more

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