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Worldwide Surgery Rates Tied to Economic Status
Date:6/25/2008

has emerged as a substantial global health issue, said the researchers, who suggested that public health interventions and educational projects may help improve surgical safety and quality of care.

"Our findings suggest that surgery now occurs at a tremendous volume worldwide, in settings both rich and poor. The implications are substantial. This unappreciated worldwide growth shows a great need for public health efforts to improve the monitoring, safety and availability of surgical services, especially in view of their high risk and expense. A public health strategy for surgical care is paramount," the researchers concluded.

The study was published in this week's issue of The Lancet.

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-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: The Lancet, news release, June 25, 2008


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