Journal article

Application of Variable Life Adjusted Displays (VLAD) on Victorian Admitted Episodes Dataset (VAED)

Nick Andrianopoulos, Damien Jolley, Sue M Evans, Caroline A Brand, Peter A Cameron

BMC HEALTH SERVICES RESEARCH | BMC | Published : 2012

Abstract

BACKGROUND: The need to improve patient safety has been identified as a major priority for health reform in developed countries, including Australia. We investigated the implementation and appropriateness of Variable Life Adjusted Displays as a quality control procedure to monitor "in-control" versus "out-of-control" processes in Victorian public hospitals. METHODS: Victorian Admitted Episode Data from Department of Human Services, Victoria for 2004-7 were used. The VLAD is a plot of a cumulative sum of the difference in expected outcome (range 0-1) and observed outcome (0 or 1) for sequential separations. Three outcomes were assessed: in-hospital mortality for acute myocardial infarction, s..

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