|RCSEd ready to welcome members to President’s Meeting|
|Tuesday, 19 February 2013|
The RCSEd is set to hold its President’s Meeting, which will take place in Edinburgh on Friday 8 March and will focus on surgical outcomes. In an interview with Surgeons’ News, keynote speaker for the event Dr John Birkmeyer has discussed the many challenges of making the best use of outcomes.
Speaking about the trend towards centralisation of complex care at specialist centres, Dr Birkmeyer said: “There’s no doubt that, for certain types of complex surgical care, particularly cancer care, centralising care to high-volume regional centres is associated with better outcomes.
“However, centralising is a blunt tool to the extent that the volume handled by the hospital or the surgeon simply works as a proxy for the true proficiency of the surgeon. Some of the data that I’ll be sharing at the March meeting will make it clear that the more direct measures of a surgeon’s skill have a much bigger effect on outcomes than the number of cases that they handle.”