Quotation Dexter, F., Masurski, D., Ledolter, Johannes, Wachtel, R., Smallman, B., Nussmeier, N. 2012. Monitoring changes in individual surgeon's workloads using anesthesia data. Canadian Journal of Anesthesia 59 571-577.


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PURPOSE: We investigated whether changes in the number of cases performed by surgeons can be used as an appropriate surrogate for anesthesia departments' billed units. METHODS: We used both number of cases performed and the American Society of Anesthesiologists' Relative Value Guide (ASA RVG) units to assess all operating room anesthetics of an anesthesia group for two sets of 13 four-week periods. The units correspond to Canadian basic units and time units. RESULTS: Although the number of ASA RVG units is an economically important variable that quantifies perioperative workload, the number of cases is a suitable surrogate for ASA RVG units when used to monitor individual surgeons. The pooled mean Pearson correlation coefficient between the two variables was r = 0.95, with 95% confidence interval 0.94 to 0.96. In addition, there were essentially none to very weak pairwise correlations among surgeons. CONCLUSIONS: Informal hospital analyses of relative changes in a surgeon's caseload over one year using anesthesia workload data or anesthesia billing data will generally give equivalent results. The principal importance of our findings is that they can be used by anesthesiologists, specifically department heads, in their role as part of operating room committees. Such committees institute plans to revise the caseload of one or a few surgeons, and they then evaluate the results of those plans. The findings of this study are applicable to all anesthesia groups and may be especially valuable to the heads of anesthesiology departments who do not have the data to repeat our analyses.

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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Canadian Journal of Anesthesia
Citation Index SCI
Language English
Title Monitoring changes in individual surgeon's workloads using anesthesia data
Volume 59
Year 2012
Page from 571
Page to 577
URL http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22431148

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Ledolter, Johannes (Former researcher)
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Dexter, F.
Masurski, D.
Nussmeier, N
Smallman, B.
Wachtel, R.
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Institute for Statistics and Mathematics IN (Details)
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