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Surgeon technical skill has big impact on colon-cancer outcomes

JAMA Oncology
Reuters Health - 06/11/2020 - The technical skills of the surgeon have a considerable impact on patient outcomes followings colon-cancer surgery, according to a new study. "It may seem obvious but it's the first time ever demonstrated - surgeon technical skill (measured objectively) in removing the cancer results in better long-term cancer survival," lead author Dr. Karl Bilimoria of Northwestern Medicine, in Chicago, told Reuters Health by email. The study team recruited 15 surgeons from the Illinois Surgical Quality Improvement Collaborative (ISQIC) in 2016 to participate in a video-based program to assess surgeons' technical skills. Each surgeon was videotaped while performing laparoscopic right hemicolectomy. "Measuring and improving surgeon technical skills via video is now an area of surgery that is really taking off," Dr. Bilimoria told Reuters Health. The surgeon's technical skill was scored by other surgeons, including peers and expert reviewe...

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