Location of Center May Determine Quality of Prostate Cancer Care

Location of Center May Determine Quality of Prostate Cancer Care
prostateThe quality of medical care received is influenced by the location of care services, according to a new study conducted at the New York University Langone Medical Center and the Laura and Isaac Perlmutter Cancer Center, published in JAMA Oncology. The research revealed that prostate cancer patients in certain locations of the country are more likely to receive inappropriate examination. The study entitled "Regional-Level Correlations in Inappropriate Imaging Rates for Prostate and Breast Cancers" demonstrated there was an overuse of imaging in 44.4% of the cases of low-risk prostate cancer, after examining medical records of 9,219 men treated in 84 different hospital referral regions (HRRs) between 2004 and 2007. In addition, imaging overuse was directly connected to certain regions of the Unites States, with a higher use in Northeast HRRs and a more appropriate use of imaging in the regions of Northwest and Utah. “These findings challenge us to move in a different d
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