Further studies are needed to assess current outcome indicatorsBMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7063.1006 (Published 19 October 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:1006
- Steve Kendrick, Principal statistician,
- Marion Bain, Consultant in public health medicine
- Information and Statistics Division, NHS in Scotland, Edinburgh EH5 3SQ
EDITOR,—Richard J Davenport and colleagues question the validity of the clinical outcome indicators published by the Scottish Office.1 In fact, the results that they present suggest that the outcome indicators published in Scotland do their intended job—raising meaningful questions, nothing more—reasonably well.
The indicators in the authors' study—that is, the study data standardised for age and sex—suggest that mortality associated with standard care is higher than that associated with the care provided in a …