August 8, 2019

Study links cancer center affiliation to lower postop mortality

By: Judy Mathias

Editor’s Note

Patients who had complex surgical procedures for cancer at community hospitals that were affiliated with top-ranked cancer hospitals were less likely to die within 90 days after surgery than patients treated at nonaffiliated hospitals, this study finds.

Data for more than 14,000 Medicare patients showed 90-day mortality after complex cancer surgery was 9% higher at nonaffiliated hospitals after adjusting for patient and procedural variables. However, further adjustment for hospital characteristics that affect surgical safety mitigated the safety advantage of affiliate hospitals.

The researchers concluded that affiliate status appears to be a marker but not a robust, independent predictor of favorable outcomes.

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