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The care of preterm infants with birth weight below 1250 g: risk-adjusted quality benchmarking as part of validating a caseload-based management system.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  23049647     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
BACKGROUND: In Germany, controversy currently surrounds the contention that the quality of care for preterm infants weighing less than 1250 g is best assured by requiring that centers treat a minimum of 30 such cases per year.
METHODS: A risk-adjusted model was developed on the basis of neonatal data from 7405 preterm infants treated in German centers, and the effect of caseload on risk-adjusted mortality was analyzed. In addition, the discriminative ability of the minimal caseload requirement for quality assessment was studied. The authors designate the quality of care in a particular center as above average if the observed mortality is lower than would have been expected from the risk profile of the preterm infants treated there.
RESULTS: Risk-adjusted mortality was found to be significantly higher in smaller centers (those with fewer than 30 cases per year) than in larger ones (odds ratio, 1.34). Even among centers whose caseload exceeded the minimum requirement, there was still marked variability in risk-adjusted mortality (range: 3.5% to 28.6%). Of all the preterm infants treated in larger centers, 56% were treated in centers with above-average quality of care. 44% of the centers with above-average quality of care had caseloads in the range of 14 to 29 cases per year.
CONCLUSION: Because of the marked variability in risk-adjusted mortality, even among larger centers, a caseload of 30 or more cases per year is not a suitable indicator of the quality of care. The neonatal data of external quality assurance should be used to develop an instrument for quality-based coordination of care that takes not just morbidity and mortality, but also the treating centers' competence profiles into account.
Authors:
Marcus Kutschmann; Sven Bungard; Joachim Kötting; Andrea Trümner; Christoph Fusch; Christof Veit
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2012-08-06
Journal Detail:
Title:  Deutsches Ärzteblatt international     Volume:  109     ISSN:  1866-0452     ISO Abbreviation:  Dtsch Arztebl Int     Publication Date:  2012 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-10-10     Completed Date:  2013-03-18     Revised Date:  2013-07-11    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101475967     Medline TA:  Dtsch Arztebl Int     Country:  Germany    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  519-26     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
BQS Institut für Qualität & Patientensicherheit, Düsseldorf, Germany. m.kutschmann@bqs-institut.de
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Benchmarking / methods
Case Management / standards*,  utilization*
Female
Germany / epidemiology
Humans
Incidence
Infant Mortality*
Infant, Newborn
Infant, Premature, Diseases / mortality*
Infant, Very Low Birth Weight
Intensive Care, Neonatal / standards*,  utilization*
Male
Proportional Hazards Models*
Quality Assurance, Health Care / standards,  utilization
Risk Assessment
Survival Analysis
Survival Rate
Comments/Corrections
Comment In:
Dtsch Arztebl Int. 2013 Feb;110(7):118   [PMID:  23468825 ]
Dtsch Arztebl Int. 2013 Feb;110(7):117-8   [PMID:  23468824 ]
Dtsch Arztebl Int. 2013 Feb;110(7):117   [PMID:  23468823 ]
Dtsch Arztebl Int. 2013 Feb;110(7):116   [PMID:  23468821 ]
Dtsch Arztebl Int. 2012 Aug;109(31-32):517-8   [PMID:  23049646 ]
Dtsch Arztebl Int. 2013 Feb;110(7):116-7   [PMID:  23468822 ]

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