How Much Variation in Outcomes Is Too Much in a Center of Excellence for Bariatric Surgery?

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  • QUESTION How much variation in surgical outcomes exists among bariatric centers of excellence in the United States? FINDINGS In this analysis of claims data from 145 527 patients who underwent bariatric procedures, there was a 17-fold variation in rates of serious complications across accredited bariatric centers nationally and up to 9.5-fold variation across individual states. Significant variation was also seen in low-volume, medium-volume, and high-volume bariatric centers. MEANING Accreditation alone does not ensure uniform high-quality care for bariatric procedures, and further quality improvement efforts should be considered.
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  • Mehta T; Allison DB
  • Start Page

  • 1932
  • End Page

  • 1933
  • Volume

  • 319
  • Issue

  • 18