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Benchmarking with Spine Tango: potentials and pitfalls.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19337759     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The newly released online statistics function of Spine Tango allows comparison of own data against the aggregated results of the data pool that all other participants generate. This comparison can be considered a very simple way of benchmarking, which means that the quality of what one organization does is compared with other similar organizations. The goal is to make changes towards better practice if benchmarking shows inferior results compared with the pool. There are, however, pitfalls in this simplified way of comparing data that can result in confounding. This means that important influential factors can make results appear better or worse than they are in reality and these factors can only be identified and neutralized in a multiple regression analysis performed by a statistical expert. Comparing input variables, confounding is less of a problem than comparing outcome variables. Therefore, the potentials and limitations of automated online comparisons need to be considered when interpreting the results of the benchmarking procedure.
Christoph Röder; L Staub; D Dietrich; T Zweig; M Melloh; M Aebi
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review     Date:  2009-04-01
Journal Detail:
Title:  European spine journal : official publication of the European Spine Society, the European Spinal Deformity Society, and the European Section of the Cervical Spine Research Society     Volume:  18 Suppl 3     ISSN:  1432-0932     ISO Abbreviation:  Eur Spine J     Publication Date:  2009 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-07-29     Completed Date:  2009-11-13     Revised Date:  2013-06-02    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9301980     Medline TA:  Eur Spine J     Country:  Germany    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  305-11     Citation Subset:  IM    
MEM Research Center for Orthopaedic Surgery, Institute for Evaluative Research in Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Bern, Stauffacherstrasse 78, 3014 Bern, Switzerland.
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MeSH Terms
Benchmarking / methods*,  standards,  trends
Data Interpretation, Statistical
Internet / trends
Neurosurgery / standards*,  statistics & numerical data
Outcome Assessment (Health Care) / methods*
Quality Control
Regression Analysis
Selection Bias
Spinal Diseases / surgery*

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