Letters Hospital mortality comparisons

Claims about NHS deficiencies without robust data undermine trust

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f6158 (Published 15 October 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f6158
  1. Santhanam Sundar, consultant oncologist1
  1. 1Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, Nottingham NG5 1PB, UK
  1. sundar{at}oncology.org

The authors of a 2012 JAMA paper analysed coding data from the 2003-09 period and damningly suggested that the fall in hospital mortality in US patients with pneumonia was a result of trends in diagnostic coding.1

This is not surprising, given that the US …

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