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Comparing ICU Populations: Background and Current Methods

  • J. E. Zimmerman
  • E. A. Draper
  • D. P. Wagner
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Part of the Update in Intensive Care Medicine book series (volume 35)

To evaluate critical care services, outcome data must be collected and then compared to a performance benchmark or standard. The outcomes that are examined include mortality, complication rates, hospital and ICU length of stay, staffing level, or the use of treatment resources. A simple comparison of these outcomes, however, is frequently unsatisfactory because the characteristics of patients treated in different ICUs are not the same. In addition, the ICUs that are compared will often differ because of variations in hospital referral patterns, teaching status, and location. To meaningfully evaluate ICU performance, therefore, data comparisons must be adjusted for variations in both patient and hospital characteristics.

Keywords

Hospital Mortality Interobserver Reliability Glasgow Coma Score Simplified Acute Physiology Score Lead Time Bias 
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  • E. A. Draper
  • D. P. Wagner

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