Letters Hospital mortality rates

Beware surgeon specific rates

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c3144 (Published 16 June 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c3144
  1. Thomas C Holme, consultant surgeon1,
  2. Omer Aziz, specialist registrar1
  1. 1Department of Surgery, Lister Hospital, Stevenage SG1 4AB
  1. tomholme{at}hotmail.com

    Despite evidence that hospital specific mortality rates are vulnerable to differences in clinical coding and admission practices across the NHS,1 and criticism of their use as a surrogate measure of hospital performance,2 hospitals are attempting to use these data to calculate surgeon specific mortality. This should be done …

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