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Comparing survival outcomes for patients with colorectal cancer treated in public and private hospitals

Suzanne Kosmider, Ian T Jones, Ian P Hayes and Peter Gibbs
Med J Aust 2007; 187 (4): 250-251.
Published online: 20 August 2007

To the Editor: We suggest that marked differences in comorbidities could be one explanation for the superior outcomes for patients with colorectal cancer treated in private hospitals as reported in the study by Morris et al.1 We also have concerns about the quality of the data used in their study.

  • Suzanne Kosmider1
  • Ian T Jones2
  • Ian P Hayes2
  • Peter Gibbs1

  • 1 Department of Oncology and Haematology, Royal Melbourne Hospital, Melbourne, VIC.
  • 2 Department of Colorectal Surgery, Royal Melbourne Hospital, Melbourne, VIC.


Acknowledgements: 

We acknowledge the support provided by Julie Johns and Ngio Murigu, research coordinators at the Royal Melbourne Hospital.

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