Published in Blood Weekly, November 2nd, 1998
Although utilization report cards are commonly used to assess hospitals. In actual practice, however, they seldom account for differences in patient populations among hospitals, noted R.M. Poses et al. ("How You Look Determines What You Find: Severity of Illness and Variation in Blood Transfusion for Hip Fracture,," American Journal of Medicine, September 1998;105(3):198-206).
Poses et al. designed a study containing the following questions: (1) How does transfusion utilization for hip fracture patients vary among...
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