Sustainability of short stay after breast cancer surgery in early adopter hospitals

S.M.C. Ament*, F. Gillissen, J.M.C. Maessen, C.D. Dirksen, A.V.R.J. Bell, Y.L.J. Vissers, T. van der Weijden, M.F. von Meyenfeldt

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Between 2005 and 2007 a short stay programme for breast cancer surgery was successfully implemented in early adopter hospitals. The current study evaluates the sustainability of this success five years following implementation. A retrospective audit of 160 consecutive patients undergoing breast cancer surgery was performed five years following implementation of short stay. The total proportion of patients treated in short stay was 82% (hospital 1 83%, hospital 2 78%, hospital 3 87%, hospital 4 80%) after five years follow-up, which was comparable to the proportion in short stay directly after implementation (p = 0.938). Overall compliance to the key recommendations to facilitate short stay after breast cancer surgery increased from 65% directly after implementation to 78% five years after implementation. This study shows that short stay after breast cancer surgery was successfully sustained in early adopter hospitals five years following implementation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)429-434
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014

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