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The Quality Initiative in Rectal Cancer (QIRC) trial: study protocol of a cluster randomized controlled trial in surgery

  • Marko Simunovic1, 2, 3Email author,
  • Charles Goldsmith2, 4,
  • Lehana Thabane2, 4,
  • Robin McLeod5,
  • Franco DeNardi6,
  • Timothy J Whelan2, 3, 7 and
  • Mark N Levine2, 3, 7
BMC Surgery20088:4

Received: 03 December 2007

Accepted: 15 February 2008

Published: 15 February 2008

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3 Dec 2007 Submitted Original manuscript
10 Jan 2008 Author responded Author comments - Marko Simunovic
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10 Jan 2008 Submitted Manuscript version 2
15 Feb 2008 Editorially accepted
15 Feb 2008 Article published 10.1186/1471-2482-8-4

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Authors’ Affiliations

Department of Surgery, McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada
Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster University, Ontario, Canada
Juravinski Cancer Centre, Hamilton, Canada
Centre for Evaluation of Medicines, Biostatistics Unit, St. Joseph's Healthcare, Hamilton, Canada
Division of General Surgery, Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto, Canada
Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine, McMaster University, Henderson General Hospital, Hamilton, Canada
Department of Oncology, Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada