Cardiac surgery report cards: comprehensive review and statistical critique.

  title={Cardiac surgery report cards: comprehensive review and statistical critique.},
  author={David M Shahian and Sharon-Lise T. Normand and David F. Torchiana and S Mitchell Lewis and John O Pastore and Richard E. Kuntz and Paul I Dreyer},
  journal={The Annals of thoracic surgery},
  volume={72 6},
Public report cards and confidential, collaborative peer education represent distinctly different approaches to cardiac surgery quality assessment and improvement. This review discusses the controversies regarding their methodology and relative effectiveness. Report cards have been the more commonly used approach, typically as a result of state legislation. They are based on the presumption that publication of outcomes effectively motivates providers, and that market forces will reward higher… CONTINUE READING

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