Physician procedure volume and complications of cardioverter-defibrillator implantation.

@article{Freeman2012PhysicianPV,
  title={Physician procedure volume and complications of cardioverter-defibrillator implantation.},
  author={James V. Freeman and Yongfei Wang and Jeptha P Curtis and Paul A. Heidenreich and Mark A. Hlatky},
  journal={Circulation},
  year={2012},
  volume={125 1},
  pages={57-64}
}
BACKGROUND The outcomes of procedures are often better when they are performed by more experienced physicians. We assessed whether the rate of complications after implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) placement varied with the volume of procedures a physician performed. METHODS AND RESULTS We studied 356 515 initial ICD implantations in the National Cardiovascular Data Registry-ICD Registry, performed by 4011 physicians in 1463 hospitals. We examined the relationship between physician… CONTINUE READING