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Slide Presentation from the AHRQ 2007 Annual Conference

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Advantages of MLD

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  • Measurement at any of the levels of a hierarchy enables examination of whether differences in average outcomes between organizations are explained by factors such as organizational practices/structures, or other characteristics of individual patients or providers


Most importantly, the technique allows for cross level analysis (hospital-physician, team-patient, patient-time)

E.g. Do certain IT characteristics in hospitals moderate the relationship between physician practice patterns and quality of care?

Does team culture affect the relationship between physician job satisfaction and turnover?

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