A decade's experience with quality improvement in cardiac surgery using the Veterans Affairs and Society of Thoracic Surgeons national databases.

@article{Grover2001ADE,
  title={A decade's experience with quality improvement in cardiac surgery using the Veterans Affairs and Society of Thoracic Surgeons national databases.},
  author={Frederick L. Grover and Annie Laurie W Shroyer and Karl E. Hammermeister and Fred H. Edwards and Thomas Bruce Ferguson and Stanley W Dziuban and Joseph Cleveland and Richard E. Clark and G N Mcdonald},
  journal={Annals of surgery},
  year={2001},
  volume={234 4},
  pages={464-72; discussion 472-4}
}
OBJECTIVE To review the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) and the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) national databases over the past 10 years to evaluate their relative similarities and differences, to appraise their use as quality improvement tools, and to assess their potential to facilitate improvements in quality of cardiac surgical care. SUMMARY BACKGROUND DATA The VA developed a mandatory risk-adjusted database in 1987 to monitor outcomes of cardiac surgery at all VA medical centers… CONTINUE READING

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