Calculating survival in the hospital
Jason Sanders | August 21, 2008 at 09:36 amby
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However, the site has begun offering specific numbers if hospitals are above, or below, the national average for that category.
In the past, the information specified only whether a hospital was performing at, above or below the national average, without disclosing numbers.
Some people aren't happy about this, as certain hospitals experience sicker patients, or are in a more suseptable region (ie. An above average senior citizen population). The site has tried to counteract this by "risk adjusting the numbers and tak[ing] into account the previous health condition of patients."
Overall, though, the response has been positive and many believe that this will usher in more accountability.
"I do hope that it empowers groups of patients and community groups and hospital boards to engage in a conversation with their institution. They really need to be held accountable," [Harlan Krumholz, a cardiologist and professor of medicine and epidemiology and public health at Yale University] said. "This is a tool that can improve the conversation."
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