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Factors affecting length of stay in teaching hospitals of a middle-income country

(2016) Factors affecting length of stay in teaching hospitals of a middle-income country. Electronic physician.

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Abstract

INTRODUCTION The length of stay (LOS) in hospitals is a widely used and important criteria for evaluating hospital performance. The aim of this study was to determine factors affecting LOS in teaching hospitals of Qazvin Providence. METHODS In this cross-sectional study, patients' health records were randomly selected from archives in teaching hospitals of Qazvin in 2013. Data were collected through a data entry form and were analyzed using Kolmogorov-Smirnov, Kruskal-Wallis, and Mann-Whitney U tests at the significant level of 0.05. RESULTS The mean of hospital LOS was 5.45 ± 6.14 days. Age, employment, marital status, history of previous admission, patient condition at discharge, method of payment, and type of treatment had an impact on LOS (p<0.05). Other factors, including gender, place of residence, and type of admission, did not affect LOS. CONCLUSION Because hospitals consume a perceptible part of resources in a health system, controlled and optimized use of its resources help to save a lot. Therefore, this study showed many clinical and nonclinical factors affect LOS in evaluating these factors, which may reduce inappropriate hospital stays and decrease costs.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Clinical and nonclinical factors,Hospital performance,Length of stay,Teaching hospital
Subjects: History of Medicine. Medical Miscellany > WZ 305-350 Miscellany Relating to Medicine
Divisions: Research Vice-Chancellor Department > Student Research Committee
Depositing User: مهندس هدی فهیم پور
URI: http://eprints.hums.ac.ir/id/eprint/4678

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