Measuring the quality of surgical care in Australia

David I Watson and Tim Bright
Med J Aust 2022; 217 (6): . || doi: 10.5694/mja2.51684
Published online: 19 September 2022

A single robust and widely accepted measure for comparing outcomes between hospitals and systems would be a step forward

Surgical procedures account for large proportions of Australian healthcare activity and costs. Few Australians will never have surgery, and most will undergo several procedures during their lives. Surgery outcomes should be of interest to all, and ensuring that quality outcomes are consistently delivered should be a priority.

  • 1 College of Medicine and Public Health, Flinders University, Adelaide, SA
  • 2 Flinders Medical Centre, Adelaide, SA

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