Maria Vizioli

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OBJECTIVES The Emilia-Romagna region of Italy has reduced the number of available hospital beds and introduced financial incentives to curb hospital use. The goal of this study was to assess the impact of these policies on changes over time in the number of acute hospital admissions classified in diagnosis related groups (DRGs) that could be treated safely(More)
We compared mortality rates league tables for six cardiac surgery centres developed using an administrative database (integrated with information on patients' EuroSCORE) with those drawn from a specialised clinical database. Data from 4017 patients undergoing cardiac surgery over the period January 1st-December 31st 2003, and identified both databases were(More)
BACKGROUND Evidence from studies conducted in Western countries indicates that a significant proportion of hospital beds are occupied by patients who experience a delayed hospital discharge (DHD). However, evidence about this topic is lacking in Italy, and little is known on the patients' and organisational characteristics that influence DHDs. Therefore, we(More)
BACKGROUND Health services and teams of professionals should be able to monitor the process and outcomes of the care provided, in order to assess and maintain quality. In this paper the application of the control chart technique as a tool for the evaluation of in-hospital mortality of patients with acute myocardial infarction is presented and discussed. (More)
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