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An exploratory study using data envelopment analysis to assess neurotrauma patients in the intensive care unit.
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PMID:  12638926     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Patients with severe head trauma were studied retrospectively to determine if Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA) could successfully model patients early in their stay in an intensive care unit. Variables examined were cerebral perfusion pressure, body temperature, mean arterial pressure, serum osmolarity and pCO2. Unlike regression-based models that focus on mean values for the group, DEA evaluates each patient individually calculating an "efficiency" score based on a patient's ability to maximize output for a given set of physiologic inputs. Patients with high efficiency scores were found to have a better chance of making a full recovery than similarly injured patients that were inefficient. This approach needs further study but may offer physicians the opportunity to improve patient outcome subject to the manipulation of individual variables from the results of a DEA model rather than aiming for normal or average physiologic values.
Brian Harris Nathanson; Thomas L Higgins; Richard J Giglio; Imtiaz A Munshi; Jay S Steingrub
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Health care management science     Volume:  6     ISSN:  1386-9620     ISO Abbreviation:  Health Care Manag Sci     Publication Date:  2003 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-03-17     Completed Date:  2003-04-14     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9815649     Medline TA:  Health Care Manag Sci     Country:  Netherlands    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  43-55     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Brain Injuries / classification,  diagnosis*,  physiopathology
Health Services Research / methods
Intensive Care Units / utilization*
Models, Statistical
Neurologic Examination*
Programming, Linear
Trauma Severity Indices
Treatment Outcome
United States

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