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Rapid response to:


Measuring hospital clinical outcomes

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 30 January 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f620

Rapid Response:

Re: Measuring hospital clinical outcomes

The BMJ 'allows a mixture of English and American spelling depending on the provenance and main target audience of an article'. This article is aimed at a British audience in the wake of Mid Staffs and our sensibilities are affected by the spelling of words as center rather than centre and organization rather than organisation. The BMJ is a British publication foremost, which uses Chambers dictionary as a guide, where centre is spelt as it should be, with an re. Otherwise, before we know it we will be delivering 'patient centered' care.

Competing interests: No competing interests

05 February 2013
Annie Hunningher
Consultant Anaesthetist
Barts Health
Royal London Hospital, London E1 1BB