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Prognosis and Outcomes in Surgical Disease
     

Prognosis and Outcomes in Surgical Disease

by Daniel P. McKellar, MD, Richard B. Reiling, MD, Ben Eiseman, MD
 

In today’s managed-care environment, it’s becoming more and more common: Your patient wants the least traumatic therapy; however, his/her health plan wants the least expensive, and you want the one most likely to produce a favorable long-term outcome but lack the time and resources to research success rates for every available intervention. In the

Overview

In today’s managed-care environment, it’s becoming more and more common: Your patient wants the least traumatic therapy; however, his/her health plan wants the least expensive, and you want the one most likely to produce a favorable long-term outcome but lack the time and resources to research success rates for every available intervention. In the end, you rely on your experience—and perhaps a hasty online search—to arrive at the right course of action, then call on your powers of persuasion to get everyone else on the same page.

If this scenario sounds all too familiar, Prognosis and Outcomes in Surgical Disease is an indispensable reference that will not only help you save time and optimize outcomes, but also facilitate the informed consent process with surgical patients under your care. Edited by Drs. Daniel P. McKellar, Richard B. Reiling, and Ben Eiseman, this book is unique for both its comprehensive scope and diagrammatic approach. In a single, convenient volume, you gain immediate access to concise, algorithmic presentations of expected outcomes for the surgical treatment of more than 150 different conditions, covering 99 percent of all conditions a surgeon may encounter.

Information that used to take hours to uncover is now at your fingertips and accessible at a glance. Furthermore, it is supplied by more than 150 world-renowned experts. Just open the text to the appropriate section, scan the algorithm to assess your options, and consult the shaded outcomes to weigh the pros and cons of the various treatments at your disposal. For easy reference, each disorder commands its own two-page spread, allowing you (and your patient) to compare and contrast therapies quickly, clearly, and objectively.

Prognosis and Outcomes in Surgical Disease is the definitive source for clinical results presented in a pragmatic, user-friendly way!

Editorial Reviews

Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Paul A. Taheri, MD, MBA (University of Michigan Health System)
Description: This reference about surgical outcomes has a unique and effective structure, in which clear diagrams and tables are presented on one page and a written description of the algorithm are on the facing page. The elegance of this design is that it affords simple navigation and rapid identification of issues.
Purpose: The purpose is to fill the much-needed void in the surgical literature in which a text functions as a reliance compendium for surgical outcome. The editors designed this book to allow readers of all levels to quickly understand the surgical outcome(s) surrounding a particular disease. They achieve their laudable goal with this text by delivering valuable content which is important to surgical practitioners.
Audience: Although targeted to the practicing general surgeon, this book is written at a level that is accessible to a much broader audience. Medical students, residents, case managers, and administrative executives would benefit from having this text available to them for their daily activities. Taken together, these editors and contributors have a history of outcome-based thinking and are credible in their presentation.
Features: General surgery is emphasized, and other domains such as vascular, cardiothoracic, transplantation, and pediatric surgery are all covered. Unfortunately the editors are unable to encompass even more diseases into this text. The rationale for omission of some pertinent topics is understandable, however, since even today outcomes for certain surgical disorders are not well understood. The only substantive shortcoming is the apparent desire to always apply an outcome percentage to each and every disorder. This has the effect of placing a broad range of percentages to a particular disorder as exemplified by the non-operative liver trauma rate of 20%-70%. However, the diagrams are clear and concisely organized, which facilitates rapid navigation through the text.
Assessment: This is a welcome addition to a surgeon's portfolio of textbooks and references. It is clear, concise, and organized in a simple, readable manner. As a reference manual, this text should be beneficial to a broad base of readers including medical students, residents, surgeons, and administrative personnel.
Reviewer: Paul A. Taheri, MD, MBA (University of Michigan Health System)
Description: This reference about surgical outcomes has a unique and effective structure, in which clear diagrams and tables are presented on one page and a written description of the algorithm are on the facing page. The elegance of this design is that it affords simple navigation and rapid identification of issues.
Purpose: The purpose is to fill the much-needed void in the surgical literature in which a text functions as a reliance compendium for surgical outcome. The editors designed this book to allow readers of all levels to quickly understand the surgical outcome(s) surrounding a particular disease. They achieve their laudable goal with this text by delivering valuable content which is important to surgical practitioners.
Audience: Although targeted to the practicing general surgeon, this book is written at a level that is accessible to a much broader audience. Medical students, residents, case managers, and administrative executives would benefit from having this text available to them for their daily activities. Taken together, these editors and contributors have a history of outcome-based thinking and are credible in their presentation.
Features: General surgery is emphasized, and other domains such as vascular, cardiothoracic, transplantation, and pediatric surgery are all covered. Unfortunately the editors are unable to encompass even more diseases into this text. The rationale for omission of some pertinent topics is understandable, however, since even today outcomes for certain surgical disorders are not well understood. The only substantive shortcoming is the apparent desire to always apply an outcome percentage to each and every disorder. This has the effect of placing a broad range of percentages to a particular disorder as exemplified by the non-operative liver trauma rate of 20%-70%. However, the diagrams are clear and concisely organized, which facilitates rapid navigation through the text.
Assessment: This is a welcome addition to a surgeon's portfolio of textbooks and references. It is clear, concise, and organized in a simple, readable manner. As a reference manual, this text should be beneficial to a broad base of readers including medical students, residents, surgeons, and administrative personnel.
From the Publisher
"This is a welcome addition to a surgeon’s portfolio of textbooks and references. It is clear, concise, and organized in a simple, readable manner. As a reference manual, this text should be beneficial to a broad base of readers including medical students, residents, surgeons, and administrative personnel."
Doody’s Journal

Paul A. Taheri
This reference about surgical outcomes has a unique and effective structure, in which clear diagrams and tables are presented on one page and a written description of the algorithm are on the facing page. The elegance of this design is that it affords simple navigation and rapid identification of issues. The purpose is to fill the much-needed void in the surgical literature in which a text functions as a reliance compendium for surgical outcome. The editors designed this book to allow readers of all levels to quickly understand the surgical outcome(s) surrounding a particular disease. They achieve their laudable goal with this text by delivering valuable content which is important to surgical practitioners. Although targeted to the practicing general surgeon, this book is written at a level that is accessible to a much broader audience. Medical students, residents, case managers, and administrative executives would benefit from having this text available to them for their daily activities. Taken together, these editors and contributors have a history of outcome-based thinking and are credible in their presentation. General surgery is emphasized, and other domains such as vascular, cardiothoracic, transplantation, and pediatric surgery are all covered. Unfortunately the editors are unable to encompass even more diseases into this text. The rationale for omission of some pertinent topics is understandable, however, since even today outcomes for certain surgical disorders are not well understood. The only substantive shortcoming is the apparent desire to always apply an outcome percentage to each and every disorder. This has the effect of placing a broad range of percentages to aparticular disorder as exemplified by the non-operative liver trauma rate of 20%-70%. However, the diagrams are clear and concisely organized, which facilitates rapid navigation through the text. This is a welcome addition to a surgeon's portfolio of textbooks and references. It is clear, concise, and organized in a simple, readable manner. As a reference manual, this text should be beneficial to a broad base of readers including medical students, residents, surgeons, and administrative personnel.
Booknews
Over 200 researchers and surgeons contributed articles to this text which examines surgical diseases in terms of prognosis and outcomes rather than diagnosis and treatment. The book is organized into 12 sections, most of which focus on a particular body system, such as the alimentary tract, or organ, such as the heart. The final section considers special topics including critical care and trauma, transplantation, and pediatric issues. Recommended as a supplement to other surgical texts. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781576261019
Publisher:
Thieme Medical Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date:
07/01/1999
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
463
Product dimensions:
8.66(w) x 11.81(h) x (d)

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