Can administrative data be used to compare postoperative complication rates across hospitals?

@article{Romano2002CanAD,
  title={Can administrative data be used to compare postoperative complication rates across hospitals?},
  author={Patrick S. Romano and Benjamin Chan and Michael E Schembri and Julie A. Rainwater},
  journal={Medical care},
  year={2002},
  volume={40 10},
  pages={856-67}
}
BACKGROUND Several quality assessment systems use administrative data to identify postoperative complications, with uncertain validity. OBJECTIVES To determine how accurately postoperative complications are reported in administrative data, whether accuracy varies systematically across hospitals, and whether serious complications are more consistently reported. DESIGN Retrospective cohort. SUBJECTS Nine hundred ninety-one randomly sampled adults who underwent elective lumbar diskectomies… CONTINUE READING
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