AHRQ--Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality: Advancing Excellence in Health Care

NEWS from 2002

November 5 2002 – Inpatient Quality Indicators Software Now Available in SPSS

The AHRQ Inpatient Quality Indicators (IQIs) software is now available in SPSS format. The new SPSS software is an alternative to the currently available SAS® version, and requires the SPSS® statistical software available from SPSS, Inc. Both SAS and SPSS® are commercially licensed software. Neither SAS Institute, Inc., nor SPSS®, Inc., has any affiliation with the development of the AHRQ QIs.

The SPSS® version of the iqi_download from the AHRQ QI Web site.

The Inpatient Quality Indicators (IQIs) are a set of measures that provide a perspective on hospital quality of care using hospital administrative data. These indicators reflect quality of care inside hospitals and include inpatient mortality for certain procedures and medical conditions; utilization of procedures for which there are questions of overuse, underuse, and misuse; and volume of procedures for which there is some evidence that a higher volume of procedures is associated with lower mortality.

top of page
October 25 2002 – Technical Report of Patient Safety Indicators Now Available

The technical report, "Measures of Patient Safety Based on Hospital Administrative Data - The Patient Safety Indicators" written by the Stanford-UCSF Evidence-based Practice Center is now available on the AHRQ Web site (http://www.ahrq.gov/clinic/evrptfiles.htm#psi). A print copy can be ordered by contacting the AHRQ Publication Clearinghouse (800-358-9295), and requesting publications no. 02-0038.

The technical report summarizes the development and evidence related to the Patient Safety Indicators (PSIs).

The Patient Safety Indicators (PSIs) are a set of quality measures providing information on potential in-hospital complications and patient safety concerns that can be identified with readily available inpatient discharge data. Most of the indicators provide hospital provider level or area level rates of potentially preventable complications that occur following surgeries, other procedures, and childbirth. The PSIs were developed based on appraisal of the pertinent literature, close examination of ICD-9-CM codes, clinician panel review and data analyses.

Software for the Patient Safety Indicators, written in both SAS and SPSS programming language, will be available in late 2002. The release of this software will be announced on this LISTSERV®.

top of page