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Term: Non-Discretionary Procedures

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Glossary Definition

Last Updated: 2007-09-26


Procedures for which there is little controversy over its indications; such procedures are generally the only treatments available or are the treatments of choice (e.g. colectomy for colon cancer, severe colitis or polyposis and thyroidectomy for hyperthyroid goitre); there is less controversy over the indications for these procedures.

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  • Gentleman JF, Vayda E, Parsons GF, Walsh MN. Surgical rates in sub-provincial areas across Canada - rankings of 39 procedures in order of variation. Can J Surg 1996;39(5):361-367. [Abstract] (View)

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  • Katz A, Bogdanovic B, Ekuma O, Soodeen RA, Chateau D, Burnett C. Physician Resource Projection Models . Winnipeg, MB: Manitoba Centre for Health Policy, 2009. [Report] [Summary] (View)

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