Teaching hospitals 'provide better care for prostate cancer patients'

9 November 2011

Prostate cancer treatment is better at teaching hospitals, a latest study has suggested.

Researchers at the Henry Ford Hospital analysed the quality of treatment care for patients in teaching and non-teaching medical centres as part of an international study.

They found that patients who undergo radical prostatectomy get better results at academic hospitals when compared to non-learning environments.

Radical prostatectomy is the surgical removal of the entire cancerous prostate gland and some surrounding tissue and is the most common type of treatment for this type of cancer.

Trinh, Quoc-Dien, a Fellow at Henry Ford Hospital's Vattikuti Urology Institute and lead author of the study, said: "While our findings do not imply that teaching hospitals always provide better care than others, it is obvious that teaching hospitals have certain intrinsic characteristics that would explain the better results."

Published in the Journal of Urology, the study also found that of the 90,000 patients surveyed, those who underwent surgery at academic institutions had fasted recovery times, fewer blood transfusions and were less likely to face complications after an operation.

This study comes as some commentators have said that medical students should pay for their own training as well as the estimated £35,000 in university fees, The London Evening Standard reports.

Posted by Jeanette Royston

Trinh, Quoc-Dien, et al., " Radical Prostatectomy at Academic Versus Nonacademic Institutions: A Population Based Analysis", Journal of Urology, November 2011


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