Impact of Hospital Volume and Specialization on the Cost of Orbital Trauma Care – Corrected Proof

Purpose: To examine the impact of hospital volume and specialization on the cost of orbital trauma care.Design: Comparative case series and database study.Participants: Four hundred ninety-nine patients who underwent orbital reconstruction at either a high-volume regional eye trauma center, its academic parent institution, or all other hospitals in Maryland between 2004 and 2009.Methods: We used a publicly available database of hospital discharge data to identify the study population's clinical and cost characteristics. Multivariate models were developed to determine the impact of care setting on hospital costs while controlling for patient demographic and clinical variables.Main Outcome Measures: Mean hospital costs accrued during (Read more...)

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