In the debate over the best way to publicly report PCI outcomes, a large registry study shows that risk-standardized in-hospital mortality after the procedure varies substantially across interventional cardiologists in the United States, even among those meeting recommended minimum procedure volumes, writes TCTMD. Moreover, an operator’s status based on having a high, low, or average mortality rate is generally not consistent from year to year, researchers report in a study published in JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions. Having a higher-than-average mortality rate did not seem to be influenced strongly by case mix or procedure characteristics, they note.
- Yet Another Study Underscores Drawbacks of Risk-Adjusted Mortality as a Measure of PCI Quality. TCTMD.com
- Study: Assessment of operator variability in risk-standardized mortality following percutaneous coronary intervention: a report from the NCDR. JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions. April 2017.
- .In-hospital risk-adjusted mortality poorly reflects PCI quality: so why is it being used?JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions. April 2017.