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Breast Cancer Research and Treatment

, Volume 105, Issue 2, pp 117–132 | Cite as

Provider’s volume and quality of breast cancer detection and treatment

  • Nicole Hébert-CroteauEmail author
  • Danièle Roberge
  • Jacques Brisson
Review Paper

Abstract

For many health conditions, the process or result of medical procedures improves with increasing caseload. The evidence about breast cancer has not been thoroughly assessed. This review synthesizes the literature about provider’s volume and performance in either breast cancer screening with mammography or treatment. Articles published in English between 1990 and 2006 were identified by a computerized search and by review of reference lists. In screening with mammography, the reading volume of the radiologist and the screening volume of the facility influence different components of performance. The most conclusive evidence for breast cancer treatment concerns the association between the surgeon’s caseload and the process or end-results of therapeutic interventions. Although the mechanisms of these associations still need to be clarified, large provider’s volume in screening mammography or breast cancer treatment is often related to the quality of medical interventions.

Keywords

Breast neoplasm Hospital Performance Physician Radiologist Screening mammography Treatment 

Notes

Acknowledgements

We thank Doctor Marie-Claude Messely for helpful comments on the preliminary version of the manuscript and Martin Croteau for editorial assistance.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nicole Hébert-Croteau
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Danièle Roberge
    • 2
  • Jacques Brisson
    • 3
    • 4
  1. 1.Direction des systèmes de soins et servicesInstitut national de santé publique du QuébecMontréalCanada
  2. 2.Centre de rechercheHôpital Charles LeMoyneGreenfield ParkCanada
  3. 3.Unité de recherche en santé des populations, Centre hospitalier affilié universitaire de QuébecQuebecCanada
  4. 4.Direction des systèmes de soins et servicesInstitut national de santé publique du Québec Ste. FoyCanada

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