A comparison of two structured taxonomic strategies in capturing adverse events in U.S. hospitals

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Objective: To compare the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's Quality and Safety Review System (QSRS) and the proposed triadic structure for the 11th version of the International Classification of Disease (ICD-11) in their ability to capture adverse events in U.S. hospitals. Data Sources/Study Setting: One thousand patient admissions between 2014 and 2016 from three general, acute care hospitals located in Maryland and Washington D.C. Study Design: The admissions chosen for the study were a random sample from all three hospitals. Data Collection/Extraction Methods: All 1000 admissions were abstracted through QSRS by one set of Certified Coding Specialists and a different set of coders assigned the draft ICD-11 codes. Previously assigned ICD-10-CM codes for 230 of the admissions were also used. Principal Findings: We found less than 20 percent agreement between QSRS and ICD-11 in identifying the same adverse event. The likelihood of a mismatch between QSRS and ICD-11 was almost twice that of a match. The findings were similar to the agreement found between QSRS and ICD-10-CM in identifying the same adverse event. When coders were provided with a list of potential adverse events, the sensitivity and negative predictive value of ICD-11 improved. Conclusions: While ICD-11 may offer an efficient way of identifying adverse events, our analysis found that in its draft form, it has a limited ability to capture the same types of events as QSRS. Coders may require additional training on identifying adverse events in the chart if ICD-11 is going to prove its maximum benefit.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)613-622
Number of pages10
JournalHealth services research
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 2019


  • adverse events
  • measurement
  • patient safety

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy


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