Influence of patient age and co-morbidity on outcome of a collaborative care pathway after radical prostatectomy and cystoprostatectomy

Michael O. Koch, Joseph A. Smith

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Purpose: We determined whether standardized care patterns developed with a collaborative care methodology can be applied successfully across all patient groups with favorable effects on cost and quality. Materials and Methods: We retrospectively analyzed financial and clinical outcomes in 109 radical retropubic prostatectomy and 47 radical cystectomy cases. Patients older than 70 years and/or with an American Society of Anesthesiology status of 3 or greater were compared to younger, healthier patients undergoing these procedures. Results: Standardized care patterns resulted in favorable financial and clinical outcomes in high and low risk patient groups. The only apparent difference was an increased need for rehospitalization after discharge for patients undergoing radical prostatectomy with a high American Society of Anesthesiology status. Conclusions: Standardized care patterns developed with a collaborative care methodology provide a high quality, cost- efficient approach to medical care. This methodology is applicable to all patient groups and is highly compatible with current medical practice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1681-1684
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Urology
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1996



  • outcome assessment (health care)
  • prostate
  • risk factors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Urology

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