Friday, 26 November 2010

Robotic Prostate Surgery: Marketing wins over data?

Despite no good short term data, or data on cancer control, the acceptance of robotic prostatectomy is continuing. This article in the NY Times gives insight into the problem of the introduction of new surgical techniques before adequate data shows it to be better, same or worse than established techniques. Robotic prostatectomy has a long learning curve, costs more and takes twice as long.

This difficulty of evaluating new technology in patient care is discussed in an editorial in the NEJM from August.

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