Patient outcomes and length of hospital stay after radical prostatectomy for prostate cancer: analysis of hospital episodes statistics for England.
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the morbidity and mortality after radical prostatectomy (RP) in relation to the numbers of RPs carried out at individual hospitals, as recent studies of complex surgery report worse outcomes in low-volume hospitals, and there has been a large increase in RPs for localized prostate cancer. METHODS: We analysed hospital episode statistics data for all 18 027 RPs in English National Health Service hospitals between 1997 and 2004. RESULTS: In multivariate analysis, ther...Expand abstract
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