Design and statistical methodology of the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program: why is it what it is?

Am J Surg. 2009 Nov;198(5 Suppl):S19-27. doi: 10.1016/j.amjsurg.2009.07.025.


This article reviews the philosophy and principles of the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP) that the founders of the program had in mind when they developed the program; explains how the philosophy and principles led to the design and statistical methods that were chosen for the program; and reviews recently proposed changes to the program and potential problems that these changes may create.

MeSH terms

  • Hospitals, Veterans
  • Humans
  • Outcome and Process Assessment, Health Care
  • Quality Assurance, Health Care* / methods
  • Quality Assurance, Health Care* / statistics & numerical data
  • Surgical Procedures, Operative / adverse effects
  • Surgical Procedures, Operative / standards*
  • Surgical Procedures, Operative / statistics & numerical data
  • United States