Exploring the impact of regionalization activities on patients undergoing high-risk, resource-intensive cancer surgery in Canada

Project number: 
14-082
Approval date: 
Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Principal Investigator: 
Finley,Christian
Institution: 
McMaster University
Funding Agency: 
Canadian Partnership Against Cancer
Datasets requested: 
bc cancer
Medical Services Plan (BC Ministry of Health)
Hospital Separations (BC Ministry of Health)
Deaths (BC Vital Statistics Agency)
Consolidation file (BC Ministry of Health)
Research objective: 

Sub-Study 2:Dataset Analysis

Primary objective is to evaluate in-hospital and post-discharge mortality rates pre- and post- regionalization implementation, adjusted for type of resection, patient characteristics, histological subtype and pre-admission co-morbidity.

Secondary outcomes will focus on evaluating the appropriateness of care via temporal and intra-group analyses:
- To evaluate pre-post regionalization impact on length of hospital stay, stratified by institutional and surgeon volume and adjusted for patient and tumour characteristics and comorbidities
- To evaluate pre-post regionalization resection rates, stratified by institutional and surgeon volume and adjusted for patient and tumour characteristics and comorbidities
- To investigate the estimated number of diagnostic tests billed to BC MSP per cancer event
- To compare resection rates between provincial databases
- To compare the rate, location and reason for Emergency Department presentation pre and post regionalization to detect if there has been any shift in the type or location of presentation

Sub-study 3: Geographical spatial analysis and GIS outcomes:
- To descriptively map the distribution of the high-risk cancer surgeries, stratified for institutional volume through the application of GIS hardware, software and techniques.
- To assess trends in surgical procedure clusters, analysis of service availability relative to population density, and accessibility of services as a function of travel times with urban and rural service catchments


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