Volume 44 | Number 5p1 | October 2009

Abstract List

Chu‐Lin Tsai, Sunday Clark, Ashley F. Sullivan, Carlos A. Camargo, Jr


To develop and prospectively validate a risk‐adjustment tool in acute asthma.

Data Sources

Data were obtained from two large studies on acute asthma, the Multicenter Airway Research Collaboration (MARC) and the National Emergency Department Safety Study (NEDSS) cohorts. Both studies involved >60 emergency departments (EDs) and were performed during 1996–2001 and 2003–2006, respectively. Both included patients aged 18–54 years presenting to the ED with acute asthma.

Study Design

Retrospective cohort studies.

Data Collection

Clinical information was obtained from medical record review. The risk index was derived in the MARC cohort and then was prospectively validated in the NEDSS cohort.

Principle Findings

There were 3,515 patients in the derivation cohort and 3,986 in the validation cohort. The risk index included nine variables (age, sex, current smoker, ever admitted for asthma, ever intubated for asthma, duration of symptoms, respiratory rate, peak expiratory flow, and number of beta‐agonist treatments) and showed satisfactory discrimination (area under the receiver operating characteristic curve, 0.75) and calibration ( =.30 for Hosmer–Lemeshow test) when applied to the validation cohort.


We developed and validated a novel risk‐adjustment tool in acute asthma. This tool can be used for health care provider profiling to identify outliers for quality improvement purposes.