Quantitative assessment of the advantages of laparoscopic gastrectomy and the impact of volume-related hospital characteristics on resource use and outcomes of gastrectomy patients in Japan.

@article{Kuwabara2011QuantitativeAO,
  title={Quantitative assessment of the advantages of laparoscopic gastrectomy and the impact of volume-related hospital characteristics on resource use and outcomes of gastrectomy patients in Japan.},
  author={Kazuaki Kuwabara and Shinya Matsuda and Kiyohide Fushimi and Koichi B Ishikawa and Hiromasa Horiguchi and Kenji Fujimori and Hideo Yasunaga and Hiroaki Miyata},
  journal={Annals of surgery},
  year={2011},
  volume={253 1},
  pages={64-70}
}
OBJECTIVE In this community-based study, we assessed the advantages of laparoscopic gastrectomy (LG) and the impact of volume-related hospital characteristics on gastrectomy care. BACKGROUND The quality of gastrectomy care and the potential effects of volume-related hospital characteristics on gastrectomy care have not been comprehensively evaluated to date. METHODS We used a Japanese administrative database of 17,761 patients across 258 hospitals delivering both open gastrectomy and LG… CONTINUE READING

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