Achieving a 5-star rating: Analysis of Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) scores among patients undergoing elective colorectal operations

Cornelius A. Thiels, Kristine T. Hanson, Kathleen J Yost, Kellie L. Mathis, Robert R. Cima, Martin D. Zielinski, Elizabeth B Habermann

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Abstract

Background Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) is a publicly reported survey of patients’ hospital experience. Methods All inpatient, elective colorectal resections with completed HCAHPS surveys at a single institution between June 2012 and April 2015 were identified. HCAHPS measures were analyzed according to published methodologies. Univariate logistic regression evaluated associations of various HCAHPS measures with age, sex, ostomy, approach, diagnosis, and prolonged length of stay (PLOS; ≥7 days). Key driver analysis demonstrated associations between the individual HCAHPS measures and the global hospital rating measure. Results We identified 755 patients. Younger age, inflammatory bowel disease, open approach, ostomy construction, and PLOS were associated with low quality of pain management. Patients with inflammatory bowel disease, open approach, and PLOS had a low overall star score (all P < .05). Care transitions and communication about medications received low scores but were associated highly with the global hospital rating measure. Conclusion Efforts aimed at improving pain management among patients with colorectal resection should focus on patients with inflammatory bowel disease, open operations, ostomies, and PLOS. Improving care transitions and communication about medications are important targets for improvement to increase the overall hospital score. Considering the importance of improving patient-centered outcomes, we suggest that all institutions utilize their existing HCAHPS data in this manner.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)902-914
Number of pages13
JournalSurgery (United States)
Volume160
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery

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