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Letters Publishing individual surgeons’ death rates

Publishing performance data is an ethical obligation in all specialties

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 09 October 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g6030
  1. Stephen N Bolsin, specialist anaesthetist1,
  2. Mark Colson, specialist anaesthetist2
  1. 1Geelong Hospital, Geelong, VIC 3220, Australia
  2. 2St John of God Geelong Hospital, Geelong
  1. steveb{at}

The article by Westaby dealing with publication of surgical mortality data is at best a superficial examination of the issue and at worst misleading.1 The evidence has been irrefutable for many years that the collection and feedback of risk adjusted mortality data will reduce death rates by as much as 40% in cardiac surgery …

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