publication . Preprint . 2010

Adverse events in surgical inpatients: A comparative analysis of public hospitals in Victoria

Katharina Hauck; Xueyan Zhao; Terri Jackson;
Open Access
  • Published: 01 Feb 2010
We compare adverse event rates for surgical inpatients across 36 public hospitals in the state of Victoria, Australia, conditioning on differences in patient complexity across hospitals. We estimate separate models for elective and emergency patients which stay at least one night in hospitals, using fixed effects complementary log-log models to estimate AEs as a function of patient and episode characteristics, and hospital effects. We use 4 years of patient level administrative hospital data (2002/03 to 2005/06), and estimate separate models for each year. Averaged over four years, we find that adverse event rates are 12% for elective surgical inpatients, and 12...
free text keywords: Adverse events, hospital performance, hospital quality, patient complexity, jel:I11, jel:D21, jel:C2, jel:H4, jel:L3
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