The Quality in Australian Health Care Study

Med J Aust. 1995 Nov 6;163(9):458-71.

Abstract

A review of the medical records of over 14,000 admissions to 28 hospitals in New South Wales and South Australia revealed that 16.6% of these admissions were associated with an "adverse event", which resulted in disability or a longer hospital stay for the patient and was caused by health care management; 51% of the adverse events were considered preventable. In 77.1% the disability had resolved within 12 months, but in 13.7% the disability was permanent and in 4.9% the patient died.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Australia / epidemiology
  • Cross Infection / epidemiology
  • Female
  • Hospital Records
  • Hospitalization / statistics & numerical data*
  • Humans
  • Iatrogenic Disease / epidemiology*
  • Length of Stay
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Odds Ratio
  • Patient Admission
  • Quality of Health Care