Statistics, damned statistics and time to intervene

Scott, N. A.; Sagar, P.
April 2009
Gut;Apr2009, Vol. 58 Issue 4, p608
Academic Journal
The article focuses on the conclusion gained with the combined Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) and Cancer Registry data in England between 1998 and 2004. It notes that the variation in abdomino-perineal excision of rectum (APE) rates mandates direct and immediate intervention in rectal cancer surgery. However, a concern was raised concerning the naivety of the data's statement on the use of APE and anterior resection (AR) as clinical techniques.


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