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WiP Seminar: Are hospitalized patients becoming more complex?

March 6 @ 12:00 pm 1:00 pm

John Staples, MD, FRCPC, FACP, MPH
Scientist, Advancing Health
Clinical Associate Professor, UBC
Health Professional–Investigator, Michael Smith Health Research B.C.

Hiten Naik, MD
Research Fellow, Clinician–Investigator Program, UBC
General Internal Medicine Physician, UBC Hospital

Are hospitalized patients becoming more complex? Results from a population-based study

Complex patients require complex care. Clinicians, hospital administrators, politicians and journalists sometimes suggest that a relentless, decades-long increase in patient complexity has contributed to strained hospital capacity, ballooning hospital costs, increased clinician burnout, and poor health system performance. Claims of increasing hospital inpatient complexity are intuitively appealing but rarely interrogated using empirical data.

Drs Naik and Staples recently completed a population-based study that evaluated trends in complexity over a 15-year period using linked administrative health data for 3.4 million nonelective hospitalizations in British Columbia.

In this Work in Progress seminar, Drs Naik and Staples will discuss their research and its implications for our healthcare system.

This is a hybrid event, you may attend in person or virtually. Please register and indicate your preference.

The Cullen Family Lecture Theatre, St Paul’s Hospital