Pancreaticoduodenectomy outcomes in Australia

Neil Merrett, Arthur Richardson, Vincent Lam, Richard Walton, David Currow

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We read with interest the articles by Stevens et al.1 and Davis et al.2 regarding outcomes for pancreaticoduodenectomy (PD). We were nonplussed by the comment regarding New South Wales (NSW) exhibiting the highest post‐operative mortality rate (POMR) without acknowledgement that including this long time period is likely to mask, as demonstrated in the NSW plots, marked improvement over time in their measure. Presenting the mean in the presence of such variation does not give meaningful comparisons.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)938-939
Number of pages2
JournalANZ Journal of Surgery
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • Pancreaticoduodenectomy
  • post-operative mortality rate
  • Australia


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