Measuring the quality of surgical care provision to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients

de Jager, Elzerie, Gunnarsson, Ronny, and Ho, Yik-Hong (2019) Measuring the quality of surgical care provision to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients. ANZ Journal of Surgery, 89 (12). pp. 1537-1538.

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[Excerpt] Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Australians have a life expectancy 8 years less than other Australians.(1) Access to equitable high-quality surgical care may be a contributing factor to this dis-parity. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients have a higher emergency to elective surgery ratio,(2,3) a global indicator of access to surgical care.(4) When Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Australians do access surgical care, they may experience higher rates of post-operative morbidity and mortality.(5–11) The focus must now shift from simply reporting disparities in surgical outcomes for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Australians to identifying,measuring and addressing the process measures involved in these poor surgical outcomes.

Item ID: 61667
Item Type: Article (Commentary)
ISSN: 1445-2197
Copyright Information: © 2019 Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.
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This article is available Open Access via the publisher's website.

Funders: Australian Government
Projects and Grants: Research Training Program Scholarship
Date Deposited: 21 Jun 2020 22:08
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1103 Clinical Sciences > 110323 Surgery @ 50%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111701 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health @ 50%
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