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Journal Article
Commentary

Association between surgeon technical skills and patient outcomes.

Stulberg JJ, Huang R, Kreutzer L, et al. JAMA Surg. 2020;Epub Aug 19.

This study examined variation in operative technical skills among patients undergoing colorectal and non-colorectal procedures and the association with patient outcomes. Higher technical skills were significantly associated with lower rates of complicationsunplanned reoperations, and death or serious morbidity. The findings suggest that this skill variation accounts for more than 25% of the variation in patient outcomes.