Small area variations in hospitalization rates: how much you see depends on how you look.

Abstract

This research investigates the degree that estimates of the magnitude of small area variations in hospitalization rates depend on both the estimation method and the number of years of data used. Hospital discharge abstracts for patients 65 and older from acute care hospitals in Massachusetts from 1982 to 1987 were analyzed. The SCV statistic, the approach… (More)

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