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Systemic predictors of adverse events in a national surgical mortality audit: analysis of peer-review data from Australia and New Zealand Audit of Surgical Mortality

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Turner, RC and Simpson Jr, S and Bhalerao, M, Systemic predictors of adverse events in a national surgical mortality audit: analysis of peer-review data from Australia and New Zealand Audit of Surgical Mortality, ANZ Journal of Surgery pp. 1-6. ISSN 1445-1433 (2019) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1111/ans.15386

Abstract

Background: Peer review of surgical deaths can identify deficits in individual and systemic delivery of healthcare, ultimately informing quality improvement.

Methods: From 2008 to 2016, cases reported to the Australia and New Zealand Audit of Surgical Mortality were analysed. Variables associated with peer-judged adverse events were sought.

Results: Of 21 045 cases evaluated, 24.8% incurred at least one adverse event judgement. The proportion of cases with reported adverse event significantly decreased over time. Following adjustment for demographic and clinical characteristics, significant negative patient-related associations were advanced age, greater American Society of Anesthesiologists grade, and neurological and malignant comorbidities. Significant associations were also found with systemic or organizational factors, including state/territory, surgical specialty and hospital regionality.

Conclusion: Examination of this peer-reviewed database revealed systemic or organizational predictors of adverse events that may have implications for quality improvement at an institutional or jurisdictional level. The extent to which these associations are due to the peer-review process itself should be the focus of further research.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:peer review, surgical audit, surgical mortality
Research Division:Medical and Health Sciences
Research Group:Clinical Sciences
Research Field:Surgery
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions)
Objective Field:Surgical Methods and Procedures
UTAS Author:Turner, RC (Professor Richard Turner)
UTAS Author:Simpson Jr, S (Dr Steve Simpson JR)
UTAS Author:Bhalerao, M ( Mrunmayee Bhalerao)
ID Code:134912
Year Published:2019
Deposited By:Menzies Institute for Medical Research
Deposited On:2019-09-12
Last Modified:2019-09-17
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