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Access to Care Metrics in Stage I Lung Cancer: Improved Access Is Associated with Improved Survival

Friday, November 4, 2022

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Source Name: The Annals of Cardiothoracic Surgery


Brendan T. Heiden, MD, MPHS, Daniel B. Eaton, Jr, MPH, Su-Hsin Chang, PhD, SM, Yan Yan, MD, PhD, Martin W. Schoen, MD, MPH, Mayank R. Patel, MD, Daniel Kreisel, MD, PhD, Ruben G. Nava, MD, Pamela Samson, MD, MPHS, Bryan F. Meyers, MD, MPH, Benjamin D. Kozower, MD, MPH, and Varun Puri, MD, MSCI
Although equitable access to care is critical to proper surgical lung cancer management, quality measures (QMs) that assess preoperative access to care are lacking. This study determined the relationship between meeting several preoperative QMs and various short- and long-term outcomes. Adherence to all QMs improved overall survival, but various factors including race and distance to hospital affected the ability to meet QMs.

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