Using administrative diagnostic data to assess the quality of hospital care. Pitfalls and potential of ICD-9-CM

Int J Technol Assess Health Care. 1990;6(2):272-81. doi: 10.1017/s0266462300000799.


Diagnostic information within administrative data bases is generally in the form of International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-9-CM) codes. The purpose of this article is to introduce ICD-9-CM, to review its strengths and limitations, and to suggest ways that it can be used through administrative files for assessing the quality of hospital care.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Disease / classification*
  • Health Services Research*
  • Hospitals / standards*
  • Humans
  • Information Systems*
  • Methods
  • Quality of Health Care*
  • United States