Letters Surgical mortality

Summary of other responses

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39374.627373.BE (Published 25 October 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:839
  1. Sharon Davies, letters editor
  1. BMJ, London WC1H 9JR
  1. sdavies{at}bmj.com

    Westaby et al make a good case for not publishing unreliable outcome data based on hospital episode statistics (HES),1 but they miss what ought to be two important issues, says Stephen Black, a management consultant in London.

    The first concerns how statistical information is presented. “Standard practice gives information to the public and to experts in a form almost guaranteed to mislead. This leads to the erroneous conclusion that members of the public can't …

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