Benchmarking with Spine Tango: potentials and pitfalls

Röder, C; Staub, L; Dietrich, D; Zweig, T; Melloh, M; Aebi, M (2009). Benchmarking with Spine Tango: potentials and pitfalls. European spine journal, 18 Suppl 3, pp. 305-311. Berlin: Springer-Verlag 10.1007/s00586-009-0943-7

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The newly released online statistics function of Spine Tango allows comparison of own data against the aggregated results of the data pool that all other participants generate. This comparison can be considered a very simple way of benchmarking, which means that the quality of what one organization does is compared with other similar organizations. The goal is to make changes towards better practice if benchmarking shows inferior results compared with the pool. There are, however, pitfalls in this simplified way of comparing data that can result in confounding. This means that important influential factors can make results appear better or worse than they are in reality and these factors can only be identified and neutralized in a multiple regression analysis performed by a statistical expert. Comparing input variables, confounding is less of a problem than comparing outcome variables. Therefore, the potentials and limitations of automated online comparisons need to be considered when interpreting the results of the benchmarking procedure.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Further Contribution)

Division/Institute:

04 Faculty of Medicine > Pre-clinic Human Medicine > Institute for Evaluative Research into Orthopaedic Surgery

UniBE Contributor:

Röder, Christoph; Staub, Lukas; Zweig, Thomas; Melloh, Markus and Aebi, Max

ISSN:

0940-6719

ISBN:

19337759

Publisher:

Springer-Verlag

Language:

English

Submitter:

Factscience Import

Date Deposited:

04 Oct 2013 15:09

Last Modified:

26 Jun 2018 14:07

Publisher DOI:

10.1007/s00586-009-0943-7

PubMed ID:

19337759

Web of Science ID:

000269994500004

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.30383

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/30383 (FactScience: 193048)

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