severity of illness


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severity of illness

the degree of illness and risk of disease manifested by patients, based either on clinical data from the medical records or on hospital discharge/billing data. Outcome comparisons usually are interpreted in terms of severity of illness to ensure meaningful data interpretations are made.

se·ver·i·ty of ill·ness

(sĕ-ver'i-tē il'nĕs)
The degree of illness and risk of disease manifested by patients, based either on clinical data from the medical records or on hospital discharge or billing data. Outcome comparisons usually are interpreted in terms of severity of illness to ensure that meaningful data interpretations are made.
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