Journal article

Hospital characteristics, rather than surgical volume, predict length of stay following colorectal cancer surgery

Don Vicendese, Luc Te Marvelde, Peter D McNair, Kathryn Whitfield, Dallas R English, Souhaib Ben Taieb, Rob J Hyndman, Robert Thomas

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health | WILEY | Published : 2019

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: Length of hospital stay (LOS) is considered a vital component for successful colorectal surgery treatment. Evidence of an association between hospital surgery volume and LOS has been mixed. Data modelling techniques may give inconsistent results that adversely impact conclusions. This study applied techniques to overcome possible modelling drawbacks. METHOD: An additive quantile regression model formulated to isolate hospital contextual effects was applied to every colorectal surgery for cancer conducted in Victoria, Australia, between 2005 and 2015, involving 28,343 admissions in 90 Victorian hospitals. The model compared hospitals' operational efficiencies regarding LOS. RESULTS..

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