Dying to know: How to interpret and investigate hospital mortality measures

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Monitoring and improving the quality of care in our hospitals is a complex and ever more important task for the NHS, especially in the current economic climate. As part of this effort, the measurement and monitoring of in-hospital mortality has become a widely used method. Several different hospital mortality indicators that have been developed and there is debate about their use and validity.

The Association of Public Health Observatories (APHO) has published a step by step guide "Dying to Know" to help health professionals and Board members understand the problems and pitfalls of these measures and how to deal with them.

From 09:30am Thursday 21st October, click to download the APHO briefing: Dying to know: How to interpret and investigate hospital mortality measures


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