Hierarchical patient-centric caregiver network method for clinical outcomes study
In clinical outcome studies, analysis has traditionally been performed using patient-level factors, with minor attention given to provider-level features. However, the nature of care coordination and collaboration between caregivers (providers) may also be important in determining patient outcomes. Using data from patients admitted to intensive care units at a large tertiary care hospital, we modeled the caregivers that provided medical service to a specific patient as patient-centric subnetwork embedded within larger caregiver networks of the institute. The caregiver networks were composed of caregivers who treated either a cohort of patients with particular disease or any patient regardless of disease. Our model can generate patient-specific caregiver network features at multiple levels, and we demonstrate that these multilevel network features, in addition to patient-level features, are significant predictors of length of hospital stay and in-hospital mortality.