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Ann Surg. 2018 May;267(5):823-825. doi: 10.1097/SLA.0000000000002579.

Measuring Processes of Care in Palliative Surgery: A Novel Approach Using Natural Language Processing.

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1
Center for Surgery and Public Health at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA.
2
Department of Surgery, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick, NJ.
3
Department of Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA.
4
Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA.
5
Department of Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA.
6
Department of Surgery, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston.
7
Department of Surgery, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA.

Abstract

: Palliative surgical procedures are often performed for patients with limited survival. Quality measures for processes of care at the end of life are appropriate in palliative surgery, but have not been applied in this patient population. In this paper, the authors propose 4 quality measures for end-of-life care in a palliative surgery, and then demonstrate the utility of natural language processing for implementing these measures.

PMID:
29112003
DOI:
10.1097/SLA.0000000000002579
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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