Title

A Software Program to Calculate Goodman and Kruskal's Gamma: a Method to Monitor Surgical-Site Infection Rates.

Publication/Presentation Date

11-1-1998

Abstract

Several studies have described a need for a valid statistical methodology to facilitate interhospital and intrahospital infection rates for their operative procedures. Physician awareness of postoperative surgical-site infection rates has been demonstrated as an effective means to reduce infection rates in both high- and low-risk surgical patients. This article presents a new software program that allows for simple data entry and provides results including the gamma statistic, sample size, variance, standard error, and Z value and P value of the gamma result. This software also provides a data interpretation table, allowing infectious disease department physicians or staff to determine if a significant relation exists between operative procedure infection rates and patient risk factors.

Volume

19

Issue

11

First Page

869

Last Page

871

ISSN

0899-823X

Disciplines

Community Health and Preventive Medicine | Health Services Research | Medicine and Health Sciences

PubMedID

9831948

Department(s)

Department of Community Health and Health Studies

Document Type

Article