Surgical Variance Reports


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RACS and Medibank are pleased to publish Surgical Variance Reports, which analyse a number of clinical and other indicators for common procedures within general surgery.

Further reports will be published in the coming months, on common procedures within surgical specialities, including general surgery, urology, ear, nose and throat surgery, vascular surgery and orthopaedic surgery.

The data contained in these reports are based on analysis of de-identified Medibank claims data from 2014, which the College has analysed and interpreted. The reports deliberately pose questions that every clinician can reasonably ask about the possible reasons for the variations, and consider individual answers.

RACS and Medibank will continue to work together to identify opportunities to improve and enhance these reports so that they are as meaningful and useful as possible to surgeons, and we welcome everyone's feedback and comments.

The data contained in these reports do not define best practice, however it is hoped that by highlighting variation in practice, we will be able to improve clinical outcomes and patient care.

Surgical Variance Report - Orthopaedic Procedures (PDF 2.60MB)

Surgical Variance Report - Vascular Surgery (PDF 2.93MB)

Surgical Variance Report - Ear, Nose and Throat Surgery (PDF 2.4MB)

Surgical Variance Report - Urology (PDF 2.86MB)

Surgical Variance Report - General Surgery (PDF 6MB)