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J Gastrointest Surg. 2013 Jan;17(1):86-93; discussion p.93. doi: 10.1007/s11605-012-2052-x. Epub 2012 Nov 6.

Quality assessment in pancreatic surgery: what might tomorrow require?

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Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA.



The Institute of Medicine (IOM) defines healthcare quality across six domains: safety, timeliness, effectiveness, patient centeredness, efficiency, and equitability. We asked experts in pancreatic surgery (PS) whether improved quality metrics are needed, and how they could align to contemporary IOM healthcare quality domains.


We created and distributed a web-based survey to pancreatic surgeons. Respondents ranked 62 proposed PS quality metrics on level of importance (LoI) and aligned each metric to one or more IOM quality domains (multi-domain alignment (MDA)). LoI and MDA scores for a given quality metric were averaged together to render a total quality score (TQS) normalized to a 100-point scale.


One hundred six surgeons (21 %) completed the survey. Ninety percent of respondents indicated a definite or probable need for improved quality metrics in PS. Metrics related to mortality, to rates and severity of complications, and to access to multidisciplinary services had the highest TQS. Metrics related to patient satisfaction, costs, and patient demographics had the lowest TQS. The least represented IOM domains were equitability, efficiency, and patient-centeredness.


Experts in pancreatic surgery have significant consensus on 12 proposed metrics of quality that they view as both highly important and aligned with more than one IOM healthcare quality domain.

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