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The statement appears to accurately mirror the research paper. To me it looks about as well done as such a study could be done with the data available. Though beware of popsci news articles which ignore the authors caveats. Results 104 630 patients were treated by 3314 surgeons, 774 female and 2540 male. Before matching, patients treated by female doctors ...


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Risk aversion in surgeons is widely believed to be true but the evidence suggests it isn't universal The potential for surgeons to behave in risk averse ways occurs when surgeon level outcome data is published. This clearly creates an incentive to select patients whose risk of complications is low so that the published statistics for the surgeon look better. ...


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The jury is still out as to whether surgical checklists used in a first world environment makes substantial savings of life or reduces complications significantly. The benefit seen in Gawande's trial [1] may have all come from the third world hospitals that were also included but as far as we know, the hospitals were not made public as to which were which. ...


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Definitions The definition of "successful" is a little unclear here. Does it mean "restored to full health"? Clearly not, because the next line of the article states: However, it is not uncommon to see a loss of strength. Does it mean "removed all pain"? In that case, the answer is no. (See below.) Perhaps it merely means &...


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The only peer reviewed article is a meta-analysis they published so far makes the following claim: The well-conducted trials indicate a statistically significant 27% increase in mortality from the initiation of perioperative β-blockade that guidelines currently recommend. --Meta-analysis of secure randomised controlled trials of β-blockade to prevent ...


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