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The independent Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (Institut für Qualität und Wirtschaftlichkeit im Gesundheitswesen, IQWiG) examines the benefits and harms of medical interventions for patients. We provide information about the advantages and disadvantages of examination and treatment methods in the form of scientific reports and easily understandable health information.

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Oesophageal surgery: quality increases with larger case volumes

2020-05-22 Greater survival probabilities in hospitals where complex oesophageal surgery is performed more frequently.

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Kidney transplantations: better results with larger case volumes

2020-05-22 Survival probabilities increase in hospitals where kidneys are transplanted more frequently.

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PSA screening: benefit does not outweigh harm

2020-05-22 Some men benefit from an earlier cancer diagnosis. However, more men are at risk of overdiagnosis and treatment-related complications.

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Belimumab in active systemic lupus erythematosus: added benefit for children and adolescents

2020-05-14 Information subsequently submitted allowed an assessment of the advantages in side effects in the addendum. The data situation did not allow a quantification of the added benefit, however.

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Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA): newborn screening promises a benefit

2020-03-27 The earliest possible diagnosis and treatment of infantile SMA through newborn screening leads to better motor development and less need for permanent ventilation as well as fewer deaths.

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Dupilumab for chronic rhinosinusitis with nasal polyposis: proof of added benefit

2020-03-02 The extent is non-quantifiable, but at least considerable. Positive effects in several symptom outcomes are not accompanied by negative effects.

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Biomarker tests for decision-making on chemotherapy for breast cancer: No evidence of transferability

2020-02-27 27.02.2020 The tests assign different women to the group “low risk of recurrence”. It thus remains unclear who could omit chemotherapy.

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Breast cancer surgery: better results with higher case numbers

2020-02-10 Increased chances of survival and fewer follow-up operations – positive correlation between volume and quality in the surgical treatment of breast cancer.

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IQWiG supports the "Jena Declaration”

2020-02-10 The Institute no longer translates the term “race” as “Rasse” in its assessments; instead, the term “Abstammung” (origin) is used.

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Upadacitinib (Rinvoq) for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis

Upadacitinib (trade name: Rinvoq) has been approved in Germany since December 2019 for the treatment of moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis in adults. It can be used either alone or in combination with methotrexate (MTX).   read more (Link to \Upadacitinib (Rinvoq) for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis\"" ‚Äì opens in a new window)


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