Quality Improvement for Pancreatic Cancer Care: Is Regionalization a Feasible and Effective Mechanism?

Mehul V. Raval, Karl Y. Bilimoria, Mark S. Talamonti*

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Variability exists in the quality of pancreatic cancer care provided in the United States. High-volume centers have been shown to have improved outcomes for pancreatectomy. Regionalization of pancreatic cancer care to high-volume centers has the potential to improve care and outcomes. Practical limitations such as overloading currently available high-volume centers, extending patient travel times, sharing patients within a multipayer health system, and incorporating patient preferences must be addressed for regionalization to become a reality. The benefits and limitations of regionalization of pancreatic cancer care are discussed in this review. To improve the overall quality of pancreatic cancer care at all hospitals in the United States, a combination of referral of patients with pancreatic cancer to high- and moderate-volume hospitals in conjunction with specific quality-improvement efforts at those institutions is proposed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)371-390
Number of pages20
JournalSurgical Oncology Clinics of North America
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2010


  • Pancreatectomy
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Pancreatic surgery
  • Quality improvement
  • Regionalization
  • Volume-outcome

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Surgery


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