A Method of Comparing Hospitals
Based On The EACTS Congenital Database
- Download the thesis: Method of Comparing Hospitals (PDF)
Ideas for this thesis have been developed when working with the EACTS Congenital Database. It approaches two problems.
1. Reshaping the data so a statistical analysis is possible
The Nomenclature (a list of diagnoses and procedures) is constructed in a way which makes any statistical analysis difficult. An attempt is made to create a new list which holds the principle of single point of truth.
2. Quality of care evaluation
Hospitals want their quality of care to be evaluated, yet every hospital has a different profile. Using mortality without any regard to operation complexity yields unfair results, especially for the ambitious hospitals.
While other methods employ arbitrary (assigned by hand) score values, proposed method learns from the facts.
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