Journal Article
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The effect of facility characteristics on patient safety, patient experience, and service availability for procedures in non–hospital-affiliated outpatient settings: a systematic review.

Berglas NF, Battistelli MF, Nicholson WK, et al. PloS one. 2018;13:e0190975.

Procedures are increasingly performed in the outpatient setting, but little is known about how elements of ambulatory surgery centers and office facilities impact patient experience and safety. This systematic review found no evidence to support a difference in the safety of procedures performed in office-based settings versus ambulatory surgery centers. The authors suggest that further research is needed to understand how specific facility characteristics such as accreditation may affect safety.