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Jeremy Kahn Receives R01 to Develop New Critical Care Performance Measures

Tue, 04/14/2015

Jeremy Kahn recently received an R01 research grant from the National Institutes of Health for his project, “Novel approaches to profiling hospitals on critical illness mortality.” Funded by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, this study will develop and validate new ways to measure a hospital’s performance in the care of critically ill patients.

“Existing mortality measures focus on risk-adjusted mortality for ICU patients,” Kahn noted. “However, these measures neglect severely ill patients outside the ICU and fail to account for the quality of care after hospital discharge, providing only a narrow window into hospital quality.” Using state-of-the art statistical modeling techniques, Kahn and his team hope to create new performance measures that overcome these biases, facilitating large-scale quality improvement and comparative effectiveness research. The study begins in April 2015 and will last until March 2018.

Jeremy M. Kahn, MD, MS, is Associate Professor of Critical Care, Medicine and Health Policy in the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Graduate School of Public Health and Director of the CRISMA Program on Health Policy and Management.