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Robotic prostatectomy took off, despite a lack of evidence and risks of inequity

Katrina Hutchison, Drew Carter and Jane Johnson
Med J Aust 2017; 207 (2): 89-90. || doi: 10.5694/mja16.00916
Published online: 17 July 2017

Editor’s note:
The Lancet recently published an important Australian randomised controlled trial of robotic and open prostatectomy. We publish the following non-commissioned correspondence by Hutchison and colleagues together with an invited response from the corresponding author of the trial, Robert Gardiner, because of the relevance of the debate to Australian health care.

  • Katrina Hutchison1
  • Drew Carter2
  • Jane Johnson1

  • 1 Macquarie University, Sydney, NSW
  • 2 University of Adelaide, Adelaide, SA


Competing interests:

Jane Johnson was one of the chief investigators on a linkage grant from the Australian Research Council (LP110200217), with linkage partner organisations Bellberry Ltd, Western Sydney Local Health District, Houston-Thomson, the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and the University of Otago. Katrina Hutchison was a post-doctoral researcher on the grant-funded project, but was not one of the grant recipients.

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