A quality assessment system for analyzing the results of inpatient care of children with cardiac abnormalities is described. Three Minnesota institutions (the Mayo Clinic, Minneapolis Children's Medical Center, and the University of Minnesota) participate with 15 other similar centers elsewhere in the United States in this system. Patient data are analyzed and adjusted for case mix to allow for differences in patient populations and referral patterns. The statistical methods used are shown for two conditions: ventricular septal defect and aortic valvotomy. Data presented show reduction in length of stay for cardiac catheterization. This change occurred as physicians annually reviewed and discussed the data and, as a result, instituted changes. This physician-directed program seeks improvement in patient care through physician education.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||7|
|State||Published - Jun 1 1990|