Study suggests doctors may be neglecting patient’s preferences in MN

According to a new report released Thursday from the Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care (pdf), Minnesota has sharp variations in elective surgery rates from one place to another. Heart patients in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, are twice as likely as others in the state to have arterial bypasses. Men in Bemidji are three times as likely to have enlarged prostates removed.

The findings suggest that “doctors may be neglecting patients’ preferences and basing surgery decisions on other factors.” The data are from 2003 through 2007.

To read the full article, click here.

To read the Dartmouth Atlas report, click here.

Source: Star Tribune

Sachiye Day, VERTICES intern. sachiye@vertices.com

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