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Adverse event rates as measures of hospital performance

Katharina Hauck (), Xueyan Zhao () and Terri Jackson

Health Policy, 2012, vol. 104, issue 2, 146-154

Abstract: Adverse event or complication rates are increasingly advocated as measures of hospital quality and performance. Objective of this study is to analyse patient-complexity adjusted adverse events rates to compare the performance of hospitals in Victoria, Australia. We use a unique hospital dataset that routinely records adverse events which arise during the admission. We identify hospitals with below or above average performance in comparison to their peers, and show for which types of hospitals risk adjusting makes biggest difference.

Keywords: Adverse events; Medical errors; Complications; Hospital quality; Patient complexity (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I11 D21 C2 H4 L3 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2012
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DOI: 10.1016/j.healthpol.2011.06.010

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