Variability in rates of use of antibacterials among 130 US hospitals and risk-adjustment models for interhospital comparison.

@article{Macdougall2008VariabilityIR,
  title={Variability in rates of use of antibacterials among 130 US hospitals and risk-adjustment models for interhospital comparison.},
  author={Conan Macdougall and Ronald E Polk},
  journal={Infection control and hospital epidemiology},
  year={2008},
  volume={29 3},
  pages={203-11}
}
OBJECTIVE To describe variability in rates of antibacterial use in a large sample of US hospitals and to create risk-adjusted models for interhospital comparison. METHODS We retrospectively surveyed the use of 87 antibacterial agents on the basis of electronic claims data from 130 medical-surgical hospitals in the United States for the period August 2002 to July 2003; these records represented 1,798,084 adult inpatients. Hospitals were assigned randomly to the derivation data set (65… CONTINUE READING

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