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Contemporary outcomes research: tools of the trade. Semin Pediatr Surg 2008 May;17(2):69-78



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Outcomes are, simply put, why a surgeon comes to work each day. For decades, surgeons have insisted on a regular self-examination of outcomes to ensure the optimal treatment of our patients. Clinical research in pediatric surgery has largely subsisted on outcome analysis as it relates to the rudimentary end-result of an operation, utilizing variables such as mortality, operative time, specific complication rates, and hospital length of stay to name a few. Recently, outcomes research has become a more complex endeavor. This issue of Seminars in Pediatric Surgery addresses a wide array of these newfound complexities in contemporary outcomes research. The purpose of this review is to assist the pediatric surgeon in understanding the tools that are used in contemporary outcomes research and to be able to use this information to ask new questions of our patients and ourselves as we continue to strive for excellence in caring for sick infants and children.

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Calkins CM


Casey Matthew Calkins MD Professor in the Surgery department at Medical College of Wisconsin

MESH terms used to index this publication - Major topics in bold

Activities of Daily Living
Cost-Benefit Analysis
Disability Evaluation
Quality Assurance, Health Care
Quality of Life
Surgical Procedures, Operative
Surveys and Questionnaires
Survival Analysis