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Is the NHS getting better or worse?

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 09 January 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:106

Role of information in assessing quality is undervalued

  1. Michael J Rigby, reader (
  1. Centre for Health Planning and Management, Keele University, Staffordshire ST5 5BG

    EDITOR—Smith's editorial on assessing quality of and in the English NHS underscored the essential role of good information at all levels.1 It appeared on the same day that the Nuffield Trust launched a volume of essays on the importance of vision, value, and innovation in health information.2

    However, the editorial perpetuated the frequent confusion between information and data and assumed that …

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