This Atlas, an anthology of our six surgical reports, examines unwarranted regional variation in the care of several conditions for which surgery is one important treatment option. Each chapter begins with an examination of the underlying condition, the available treatment options before surgery, and the role of shared decision-making. The care during surgery is then presented, including aspects of quality, risks, and costs. The next section is concerned with the care of patients after surgery, including hospital readmissions and ambulatory care. Hardcover copies can be purchased here. Click read more to download a PDF.
A recent Brookings Institute working paper argues that state-level characteristics account for regional variation in health care. Read our responses here and here.
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