Table 4

Proposed Indicator of efficiency and ratio of improvement in pain treatment in oncology inpatients

Indicators

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007


Efficiency index

37%

45%

50%

64%

61%

82%

87%

Rate of improvement

-

12%

11%

27%

-7%

54%

27%


(we estimate that 64% of oncology inpatients have to be under opioid treatment: see in the text). Efficiency index [DDD/1000HS × 640-1 × 100]: Proportion of patients receiving opioid treatments in relation to the total number estimated who should be receiving them. Rate of improvement [(Final DDD/1000HS - Initial DDD/1000HS) × (640 - Initial DDD/1000HS)-1 × 100]: Proportion of patients requiring opioids who began to use them in the time considered.

Centeno et al. BMC Palliative Care 2009 8:2   doi:10.1186/1472-684X-8-2

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