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Six hospitals are named as “outliers” for mortality rates

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 31 January 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g1252
  1. Nigel Hawkes
  1. 1London

Six hospitals in England have been identified as posing a greater than average risk of death to the patients they treat.

The data, which cover the two year period between July 2011 and June 2013 and are published by the Health and Social Care Information Centre,1 show that four foundation trusts—Mid Cheshire, Colchester, Aintree, and Blackpool—were mortality “outliers,” along with two trusts that have not gained foundation status, East Lancashire and Wye Valley.

The centre uses a measure called the summary hospital level mortality indicator (SHMI) to compare death rates for both elective and emergency admissions. Being recorded as an outlier in a single year …

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