Organisational factors affecting the quality of hospital clinical coding

Health Inf Manag. 2008;37(1):25-37. doi: 10.1177/183335830803700103.


The influence of organisational factors on the quality of hospital coding using the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Health Related Problems, 10th Revision, Australian Modification (ICD-10-AM) was investigated using a mixed quantitative-qualitative approach. The organisational variables studied were: hospital specialty; geographical locality; structural characteristics of the coding unit; education, training and resource supports for Clinical Coders; and quality control mechanisms. Baseline data on the hospitals' coding quality, measured by the Performance Indicators for Coding Quality tool, were used as an independent index measure. No differences were found in error rates between rural and metropolitan hospitals, or general and specialist hospitals. Clinical Coder allocation to "general" rather than "specialist" unit coding resulted in fewer errors. Coding Managers reported that coding quality can be improved by: Coders engaging in a variety of role behaviours; improved Coder career opportunities; higher staffing levels; reduced throughput; fewer time constraints on coding outputs and associated work; and increased Coder interactions with medical staff.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Australia
  • Benchmarking
  • Data Collection
  • Diagnosis-Related Groups / classification
  • Forms and Records Control / standards*
  • Geography
  • Humans
  • International Classification of Diseases
  • Management Audit
  • Medical Record Administrators / education
  • Medical Record Administrators / standards
  • Medical Records / classification*
  • Medical Records / standards
  • Medical Records Department, Hospital / organization & administration
  • Medical Records Department, Hospital / standards*
  • Needs Assessment
  • Organizational Culture
  • Professional Competence*
  • Quality Control*
  • Victoria