How Regulation Can Improve Surgery image

The Regulatory Review, August 22, 2018
Benjamin Barsky, quoting Jonathan Darrow (Student Fellow Alumnus)


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Thousands of American lives are in surgeons’ hands every day. But, according to a recent article by a Harvard professor, these patients have good reason to worry about mistakes in the operating room and their chances at recovery.

Surgeons currently work under a decentralized regulatory structure that undermines evidence-based surgical care, writes Jonathan Darrow, a professor at Harvard Medical School. Because of this structure, surgeons operate on patients using procedures that do not have a solid grounding in research, which can compromise patient safety. Darrow argues that federal agencies should fill the gap in surgical literature by collecting evidence on surgical procedures, analyzing the data, and determining which of these procedures maximize patient welfare.

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