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Compensation: More painful than surgery?

Dr Mary Wyatt

There is a correlation between compensation and poorer surgical outcomes. What can be done?

Professor Ian Harris, an orthopedic surgeon and researcher from Sydney, led a team in reviewing the impact of compensation on surgical outcomes.   The team looked at all the research papers assessing outcomes from surgery that noted whether the patient was treated under a compensation system or not. Across the 200 or so relevant studies, there was information on approximately 20,000 patient results. Approximately 7,000 were treat...

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