Mortality measurement: the case in favour


15 July 2014

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We have written this report in response to criticism in the media and the healthcare world of the use of risk-adjusted mortality measures. We believe that measurement of quality in healthcare is a complex undertaking, and that while no single indicator will ever adequately summarise the safety and quality of an organisation, recent polarised arguments proposing one measure over another are misleading and unhelpful. We advocate a multidimensional approach to measuring healthcare – including the use of risk-adjusted mortality measures – as the best way of monitoring safety and improving quality.

This report is also the source of a column published in HSJ.

We hope that you will find our report both interesting and a useful contribution to this important debate. We welcome any observations on the paper that you might have at