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Comparison of short term outcomes of open and laparoscopic cholecystectomy.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
Quality in health care : QHC
Publication Date
Volume
4
Issue
1
Pages
13–17
Identifiers
PMID: 10142030
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Ideally, a new surgical technique would be evaluated in a randomised trial. In the absence of such a trial, this observational study provides some evidence that the switch from open to laparoscopic cholecystectomy has brought benefits, particularly in terms of reduced length of stay in hospital. A range of clinical and patient derived indicators suggests that these gains have not been associated with a reduction in the quality of the outcome at three months.

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