I spend a fair amount of time talking about how social determinants of health come into play, with respect to health care outcomes. I also talk a lot about things that don’t work, and therefore constitute waste in that they don’t affect outcomes positively, and cost money. But there are some aspects of health care (many, in fact) that do matter, and when research points that out, it’s worth highlighting. In a recent BMJ paper, a number of researchers investigated how surgeon specialization was associated with operative mortality in the United States.
Go read about that paper, and my thoughts on it, in my latest post over at the AcademyHealth blog!