publication . Article . Other literature type . Conference object . Part of book or chapter of book . 2003

Room for improvement.

Ryan S. D'Souza; Rebecca L. Johnson; Layne Bettini; Phillip J. Schulte; Christopher Burkle;
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  • Published: 20 Dec 2003 Journal: ITNOW, volume 50, pages 27-27 (issn: 1746-5702, eissn: 1746-5710, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (OUP)
  • Country: United Kingdom
Abstract
The publication (1) shows that the mortality risk for preterm infants with a birth weight below 1250 g is considerably and significantly lower in centers treating 30 or more cases every year than in centers with fewer than 30 cases/year. If all preterm infants had been treated in such hospitals then mortality for the entire group would likely have been lower. This primary result must not be overshadowed by more detailed results. The heterogeneity of hospitals with 30 or more cases is, however, considerable. If the quality results were known for individual hospitals, it might be assumed that—if timely data were available and quality results were consistent over t...
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