Thomas E. Feasby

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The validity of administrative data may be vulnerable to how well physicians document medical charts. The objective of this study is to determine the relationship between chart documentation quality and the validity of administrative data. The charts for patients who underwent carotid endarterectomy were re-abstracted and rated for the quality of(More)
BACKGROUND To update appropriateness ratings for carotid endarterectomy using the best clinical evidence and to develop a tool to audit the procedure's use. METHODS A nine-member expert panel drawn from all the Canadian Specialist societies that are involved in the care of patients with carotid artery disease, used the RAND Appropriateness Methodology to(More)
BACKGROUND Intravenous immune globulin (IVIG) is an expensive and sometimes scarce blood product that carries some risk. It may often be used inappropriately. We evaluated the appropriateness of IVIG use before and after the introduction of an utilization control program to reduce inappropriate use. METHODS We used the RAND/UCLA Appropriateness Method to(More)
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