March 2, 2012

Reassessing Hysterectomy


Attention became focused on the overuse of hysterectomy during the 1990s, when the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality sponsored research and conferences on this topic. These forums highlighted the fact that there were clear differences in hysterectomy rates based on a variety of nonmedical factors including the geographic location of the patient, the race of the patient, and the sex of the gynecologist performing the surgery.1 Both scientific and lay publications continue to discuss this important issue. Yet despite intensive assessment, the rate of hysterectomy continues to be high, with only a small decline happening in the last few years.2

Minnesota Medicine, by Dr. Elizabeth Stewart, 03/01/2012

Tags: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, overuse of hysterectomy, Research, Women's Health

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