Using Administrative Databases to Measure Surgical Quality for Rectal Cancer at The Ottawa Hospital from 1996-2010

Reilly Patrick Musselman
Purpose: The purpose of this thesis was threefold: 1) To explore the use of text-search methods for identifying rectal cancer patients in large datasets; 2) To examine temporal trends of surgical quality indicators for rectal cancer at a single, tertiary-care institution; 3) To validate the use of administrative codes for identifying rectal cancer patients in population-based datasets. Methods: 1) A text-search algorithm was developed, validated, and applied to all pathology reports at The Ottawa Hospital...
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