Journal article

How to use administrative data for surgical outcomes in acute diverticulitis

Michael K-Y Hong, Anita R Skandarajah, Omar D Faiz, Ian P Hayes

General Surgery | PiscoMed Publishing Pte Ltd | Published : 2016

Abstract

The measurement of quality outcomes is crucial in surgical care. Administrative data are increasingly used but their ability to provide clinically useful information is reliant on how closely the coding can define a particular cohort.        In acute admissions for diverticular disease, it is important to differentiate between complicated and uncomplicated diverticulitis, and between diverticulitis and diverticular bleeding. We aim to develop a method to define clinically relevant cohorts of patients from an administrative database in acute diverticulitis. Codes for acute diverticulitis were found from the ICD-10-AM (Australia and New Zealand) coding system, and the accuracy was established ..

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