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Centre variation in cost and outcomes for congenital heart surgery*

  • Sara K. Pasquali (a1), Michael G. Gaies (a1), Jeffrey P. Jacobs (a2), J. William Gaynor (a3) and Marshall L. Jacobs (a4)...


Although overall outcomes for children undergoing heart surgery have improved, there is a significant variation in outcomes across hospitals. This review discusses the variation in cost and outcomes across centres performing congenital heart surgery, potential underlying mechanisms, and efforts to reduce variation and improve outcome.


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Correspondence to: Dr S. K. Pasquali, MD, MHS, Department of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases, C. S. Mott Children's Hospital, University of Michigan Congenital Heart Center, 1540 E. Hospital Drive 11-715Z, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-4204, United States of America. Tel: 734 936 7418; Fax: 734-936-9470; E-mail:


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Presented at: The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Cardiology 2012, 16th Annual Update on Pediatric and Congenital Cardiovascular Disease, Orlando, Florida, February 22–26, 2012.



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