The geography of surgery

Number 17369
Subject Health Care
Source USA Today (Arlington, Va.)
State VA
Year 2000
Publication Date Sep. 19
Summary This U.S.A. Today package examines "how rates of common surgeries varied across more than 306 hospitals regions in the United States." It reveals that "... where you live can determine the surgery you get." The reporter details specific cases, in which patients have not always informed of different surgical options. The investigation shows that "physicians often exhibit a blind loyalty to favored procedure that goes beyond scientific evidence..." The package includes a list of the top surgery regions in the country, as well as graphics illustrating the regional rates of different types of operations throughout the country.
Category Contest Entry
Pages 14
Keywords Database Mapping Project;doctors;surgery;hospitals;medical research
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