Validation of Administrative Codes for Palliative Care Consultation Among Critically Ill Children

Title

Validation of Administrative Codes for Palliative Care Consultation Among Critically Ill Children

Creator

O'Keefe S; Czaja AS

Publisher

Hospital pediatrics

Date

2021

Subject

administrative codes; consultation; critically ill children; Pediatric palliative care; PICU

Description

OBJECTIVES: To determine the validity of palliative care (PC) administrative codes (V66.7 and Z51.5) among critically ill pediatric patients. METHOD(S): In this single-center retrospective cohort study, we included all hospitalizations with a PICU admission between March 2016 and March 2018. Sensitivity, specificity, and positive and negative predictive values of the relevant codes were estimated by using a gold standard of a local PC registry. RESULT(S): During the study period, 4670 hospitalizations were included. The median admission age was 5 years (interquartile range 1.5-12.9) with 55% having at least 1 complex chronic condition. The median length of PICU stay was 1.8 days (interquartile range 1-3.4) and mortality was low (1.3%). A total 182 (3.9%) hospitalizations had evidence of a PC consultation. Administrative codes for PC had a sensitivity of 11% (95% confidence interval [CI] 6.8%-16.5%) and a specificity of 99.8% (95% CI 99.6%-99.9%). The positive and negative predictive values were 66.7% (95% CI 47.2%-82.7%) and 96.5% (95% CI 95.9%-97.0%), respectively. CONCLUSION(S): Among critically ill children, PC administrative codes had high specificity but poor sensitivity. The potential for underascertainment of this resource should be considered in future research using administrative data. Copyright © 2021 by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

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Citation

O'Keefe S; Czaja AS, “Validation of Administrative Codes for Palliative Care Consultation Among Critically Ill Children,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed August 2, 2021, https://pedpalascnetlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/17514.

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