Quality of British and American Nationwide Quality of Care and Patient Safety Benchmarking Programs : Case Neurosurgery

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Reponen , E , Tuominen , H & Korja , M 2019 , ' Quality of British and American Nationwide Quality of Care and Patient Safety Benchmarking Programs : Case Neurosurgery ' , Neurosurgery (Baltimore) , vol. 85 , no. 4 , pp. 500-507 . https://doi.org/10.1093/neuros/nyy380

Title: Quality of British and American Nationwide Quality of Care and Patient Safety Benchmarking Programs : Case Neurosurgery
Author: Reponen, Elina; Tuominen, Hanna; Korja, Miikka
Contributor: University of Helsinki, HUS Perioperative, Intensive Care and Pain Medicine
University of Helsinki, HUS Perioperative, Intensive Care and Pain Medicine
University of Helsinki, Clinicum
Date: 2019-10
Language: eng
Number of pages: 8
Belongs to series: Neurosurgery (Baltimore)
ISSN: 0148-396X
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/309142
Abstract: BACKGROUND: Multiple nationwide outcome registries are utilized for quality benchmarking between institutions and individual surgeons. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate whether nationwide quality of care programs in the United Kingdom and United States can measure differences in neurosurgical quality. METHODS: This prospective observational study comprised 418 consecutive adult patients undergoing elective craniotomy at Helsinki University Hospital between December 7, 2011 and December 31, 2012.We recorded outcome event rates and categorized them according to British Neurosurgical National Audit Programme (NNAP), American National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP), and American National Neurosurgery Quality and Outcomes Database (N(2)QOD) to assess the applicability of these programs for quality benchmarking and estimated sample sizes required for reliable quality comparisons. RESULTS: The rate of in-hospital major and minor morbidity was 18.7% and 38.0%, respectively, and 30-d mortality rate was 2.4%. The NSQIP criteria identified 96.2% of major but only 38.4% of minor complications. N(2)QOD performed better, but almost one-fourth (23.2%) of all patients with adverse outcomes, mostly minor, went unnoticed. For NNAP, a sample size of over 4200 patients per surgeon is required to detect a 50.0% increase in mortality rates between surgeons. The sample size required for reliable comparisons between the rates of complications exceeds 600 patients per center per year. CONCLUSION: The implemented benchmarking programs in the United Kingdom and United States fail to identify a considerable number of complications in a high-volume center. Health care policy makers should be cautious as outcome comparisons between most centers and individual surgeons are questionable if based on the programs.
Subject: Quality of care
Patient safety
Benchmarking
UNRUPTURED INTRACRANIAL ANEURYSM
SURGICAL SITE INFECTION
HOSPITAL PARTICIPATION
OPERATIVE DURATION
PATIENTS VALIDITY
RISK-FACTORS
CRANIOTOMY
OUTCOMES
TUMOR
MORTALITY
3112 Neurosciences
3124 Neurology and psychiatry
3126 Surgery, anesthesiology, intensive care, radiology
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