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Surg Clin North Am. 2005 Aug;85(4):757-71, vi-vii.

Quality assurance in bariatric surgery.

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Division of Bariatric Surgery, Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University, 600 Moye Boulevard, Greenville, NC 27834, USA.


Quality assurance is a function that exists in manufacturing,engineering, and the service industry. Bariatric surgery is an undertaking with a special form of consumer product and service. In this day of limited resources and significant value exchanges among stakeholders (ie, patients, surgeons, third-party payers),the goal of the bariatric community is to deliver quality outcomes with safety, efficacy, and efficiency. The American Society for Bariatric Surgery and the Surgical Review Corporation, in conjunction with the bariatric community, will use quality assurance methods to produce quality outcomes that will satisfy the value exchanges of all stakeholders.

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