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Robotkirurgi på bred front – utan evidensbaserad grund - Tekniken används allt mer, trots att den är dyr och att vetenskapliga bevis för patientnytta saknas.

Editorial letter
Authors Henrik Sjövall
Josefine Persson
Published in Läkartidningen
Volume 113
ISSN 1652-7518
Publication year 2016
Published at Institute of Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine and Clinical Nutrition
Institute of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Community Medicine, Health Metrics
Language sv
Links www.lakartidningen.se/Klinik-och-ve...
www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.f...
Subject categories Health Care Service and Management, Health Policy and Services and Health Economy, Surgery

Abstract

Robot-assisted surgery on a broad front - without evidence for being cost-effective Robot-assisted surgery is currently heavily marketed. The HTA centre in Region Västra Götaland has produced five HTA reports regarding use of robot-assisted surgery in different clinical situations (prostatic cancer, benign gynaecological surgery, pediatric pyeloplasty and fundoplication, and rectal cancer), finding weak evidence for a patient value. The current report by Per Carlsson et al confirms that robot-assisted surgery indeed leads to increased costs that are not balanced by augmented patient value, i.e. robot-assisted surgery cannot be regarded as cost efficient. We comment critically on the capricious introduction of new techniques/devices, a procedure that stands in sharp contrast to the strictly formalized system for approval of new drugs.

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