Many centers simply guess which factors meaningfully relate to complex endpoints like patient participation in post-operative recovery programs. Others centers are more developed, and use evidence or best practice as a guide for what is more likely to work to improve their patients' outcomes. Now listen here: it turns out you can use your own data to predict what will work with your organization's patients in a meaningful way. The Minitab blog (what a great resource!) has a timely, recent example of how to use your data to achieve insights related to quality outcomes in your system. This entry highlights the binary regression, and yet the message is the same as one we have delivered before: stop guessing and start using your data...it only takes some time to learn and is much more valuable than what we typically experience in healthcare!
Tools like these can make a big difference for our patients, and can tell us where to focus (and not to focus) our scarce resources in healthcare. Use data, and not just gut or opinion, to make meaningful improvements to your patient care.