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Letters Hospital mortality ratios

Possible misuse of “palliative care” coding

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 25 May 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c2753
  1. Ronald J Clearkin, physician1
  1. 1Market Harborough, Leicestershire LE16 8EL
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    Many of the criticisms of hospital standardised mortality ratios1 2 relate in practice to the failure of trusts to code in depth, and to variations in results depending on which hospital standardised mortality ratio was used. That different techniques give different results should of course surprise no one.

    Hawkes examines a still …

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