Complete state-wide outcomes in elective colon cancer surgery
Ian G Faragher, Michael K-Y Hong, Douglas Stupart, David A Watters, Justin Yeung
ANZ JOURNAL OF SURGERY | WILEY | Published : 2018
BACKGROUND: Maintaining high standards in colon cancer surgery requires the measurement of quality indicators and the re-allocation of resources to address deficiencies. We used state-wide administrative data to determine the inpatient mortality for patients undergoing elective colon cancer surgery and to compare individual hospital rates. METHODS: The Dr Foster Quality Investigator Tool was used to explore the Victorian Admitted Episodes Dataset for elective admissions for colon cancer surgery between 2012 and 2016. The inpatient mortality rate, 30-day readmission rate and the proportion of patients with increased length of stay were measured. Risk-adjusted rates were used to compare public..View full abstract
The authors would like to thank Chris Brown from Dr Foster, Telstra Health for his work in the interrogation of the VAED and providing statistical support. This project was supported by the Department of Health and Human Services, Victoria.