Hospitals make too many errors when collecting data, finds public spending watchdog

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 14 April 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b1527
  1. Oona Mashta
  1. 1London

    UK hospitals are still failing to ensure they collect accurate reliable performance data despite their increasing importance to NHS bodies, patients, and hospital funding mechanisms, says a report from the public spending watchdog the Audit Commission.

    The quality of data, which cover key performance information such as treatments, varies widely in accuracy, says the commission’s latest report, Figures You Can Trust: A Briefing on Data Quality in the NHS. Although the error rate in data collection was as low as 0.3% in some hospitals, in others it reached …

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