|Title:||Child-Pugh score and ascites for predicting economic outcomes in adult patients with acute hepatitis||Authors:||Yang T.-J.
|Issue Date:||2014||Journal Volume:||22||Journal Issue:||2||Start page/Pages:||88-91||Source:||Journal of Medical Ultrasound||Abstract:||
Objective: This study aims to determine whether clinical findings and abdominal ultrasound could be used simultaneously to predict medical resource utilization in patients of acute hepatitis. Materials and methods: A retrospective study with chart review was conducted from January 2003 to June 2007 on all patients admitted to the Emergency Department of the National Taiwan University Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan with a diagnosis of acute hepatitis. Patients with liver cirrhosis were excluded. Medical resource utilization is defined as the length of hospital stay and the total medical fee. Analysis of variance, Chi-square test, and t test were adopted in the data analysis. Results: A total of 117 patients met the inclusion criteria. The Child-Pugh score and mild ascites have positive impacts significant differences of medical on both the length of hospital stay and the total hospital charges. Our results showed a high correlation between the length of hospital stay and medical costs (r = 0.762). Conclusion: The Child-Pugh score and sonographic findings can be used to predict medical resource utilization in patients with acute hepatitis in the emergency department. ? 2014.
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