Emanuela Barbini

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BACKGROUND Since health-related quality of life (HRQL) measures are numerous, comparisons have been suggested. AIM To compare three HRQL measures: SF6D, HUI3 and EQ5D. METHODS Three questionnaires (SF36, HUI3, EQ5D) were administered to 1,011 patients attending 16 general practices in two Italian cities. Information about patients' gender, age,(More)
INTRODUCTION Although most risk-stratification scores are derived from preoperative patient variables, there are several intraoperative and postoperative variables that can influence prognosis. Higgins and colleagues previously evaluated the contribution of preoperative, intraoperative and postoperative predictors to the outcome. We developed a Bayes linear(More)
BACKGROUND Different methods have recently been proposed for predicting morbidity in intensive care units (ICU). The aim of the present study was to critically review a number of approaches for developing models capable of estimating the probability of morbidity in ICU after heart surgery. The study is divided into two parts. In this first part, popular(More)
BACKGROUND Popular predictive models for estimating morbidity probability after heart surgery are compared critically in a unitary framework. The study is divided into two parts. In the first part modelling techniques and intrinsic strengths and weaknesses of different approaches were discussed from a theoretical point of view. In this second part the(More)
BACKGROUND Length-of-stay prediction for cardiac surgery patients is a key point for medical management issues, such as optimization of resources in intensive care units and operating room scheduling. Scoring systems are a very attractive family of predictive models, but their retraining and updating are generally critical. The present approach to designing(More)
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