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New study questions the validity of publishing hospital mortality rates
Date:9/24/2007

percent of the total deaths were recorded. Overall, mortality statistics were underestimated by 4 percent using HES data.

The authors say publication of inaccurate statistics detracts from public confidence and that: If mortality statistics are to be released their quality must be beyond reproach.

They acknowledge the media are keen to publish such statistics and pinpoint Dr Foster who have pioneered this by providing newspapers with information on heart disease, for example, in return for a fee.

They conclude: Given the problems with data quality, the imprecision of risk stratification models, and the confrontational agenda in the media, we question the value of placing mortality statistics in the public domain.


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