Should informed consent for cancer treatment include a discussion about hospital outcome disparities?

Nadine Housri, Robert J. Weil, David I. Shalowitz, Leonidas G. Koniaris

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Background to the debate: Several studies have found disparities in the outcome of medical procedures across different hospitals - better outcomes have been associated with higher procedure volume. An Institute of Medicine workshop found such a "volume-outcome relationship" for two types of cancer surgery: resection of the pancreas and esophagus ( This debate examines whether physicians have an ethical obligation to inform patients of hospital outcome disparities for these cancers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere214
Pages (from-to)1413-1417
Number of pages5
JournalPLoS Medicine
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 1 2008


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