Table 3

Sampling strategy for hospitals

Site ASite BSite CSite DSite ESite F
LocationSouth East (urban)LondonSouth East (rural)Herefordshire and parts of Wales (rural)Yorkshire
Midlands (urban)
Academic statusTeaching hospitalDGHDGHDGHTeaching hospitalTeaching hospital
Bed count
(small<500 beds<large)
PQIP engagementHighLowNoneLowMediumHigh
Length of time in PQIPLess than 1 yearLess than 1 yearNoneLess than 1 year18 monthsOver 2 years
  • DGH, District General Hospital; PQIP, perioperative quality improvement programme.