Effect of casemix funding on outcomes in patients admitted to hospital with suspected unstable angina.
GD Kerr, D Dunt, IR Gordon
Med J Aust | Published : 1998
OBJECTIVES: To determine the effect of the introduction of casemix funding on resource utilisation and clinical outcomes in patients admitted to hospital with suspected unstable angina. DESIGN: A prospective cohort study with a 6-month follow-up. SETTING: A suburban community hospital in Melbourne, Victoria. PATIENTS: 336 consecutive patients admitted to the coronary care unit with suspected unstable angina before (156) and after (180) the introduction of casemix funding. INTERVENTION: Introduction of casemix funding in July 1993. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Indices of resource utilisation: length of stay in hospital, length of stay in the coronary care unit, and total cost of investigations (pat..View full abstract