“Hospital in the home”: a lot’s in a name

Michael Montalto and Bruce A Leff
Med J Aust 2012; 197 (9): . || doi: 10.5694/mja12.11514
Published online: 5 November 2012

Better definition in individual studies will enable meaningful synthesis of research

To measure the effectiveness of innovations in health care, it is critically important to define the intervention studied. Unfortunately, this step is often lacking in health services research: definitions are often inadequate for reproducibility, and outcomes attributed to the intervention are consequently difficult to adjust for other variables. Meta-analysis can become messy.

  • Michael Montalto1,2
  • Bruce A Leff3

  • 1 Royal Melbourne Hospital, Melbourne, VIC.
  • 2 Epworth Hospital, Melbourne, VIC.
  • 3 Division of Geriatric Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Md, USA.

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