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David C. Miller, Christopher S. Saigal, Mousumi Banerjee, Jan Hanley and Mark S. Litwin Diffusion of surgical innovation among patients with kidney cancer Cancer 112

Version of Record online: 10 MAR 2008 | DOI: 10.1002/cncr.23372

Partial nephrectomy and laparoscopy have been used relatively infrequently among Medicare beneficiaries with kidney cancer in the United States, and most of the variance in their use has been attributable to surgeon-specific factors rather than patient- or tumor-specific factors. Consequently, dismantling residual barriers to surgeons' adoption of partial nephrectomy and laparoscopy is an important step toward improving the quality of care provided to patients with kidney cancer.

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