Letters Surgical mortality

Hospital episode statistics v central cardiac audit database

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39374.474965.BE (Published 25 October 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:839
  1. Paul Aylin, clinical reader in epidemiology and public health1,
  2. Alex Bottle, lecturer in medical statistics1,
  3. Paul Elliott, professor of epidemiology and public health2,
  4. Brian Jarman, emeritus professor3
  1. 1Dr Foster Unit at Imperial College, Department of Primary Care and Social Medicine, London SW7 2AZ
  2. 2Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, Imperial College, London W2 1PG
  3. 3Dr Foster Unit at Imperial College
  1. p.aylin{at}imperial.ac.uk

    We published the follow-up of the Bristol Royal Infirmary analysis to which Westaby et al refer1 2 and have some comments on their paper.

    The online version suggests that the clinical teams did not verify the data. We wrote to the clinical team at Oxford over a year before our paper was published. After some months and a reminder letter sent to them, we received a response from the medical director of the trust …

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