Using death rates to evaluate hospital quality faulted, study finds

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January 11, 2012

A new study has researchers at Yale School of Medicine questioning whether death rates in hospitals accurately reflect hospital quality. 

Researchers looked at mortality rates of heart attack, pneumonia, and heart failure patients during the initial hospitalization and mortality rates of patients within 30 days. They discovered that the two approaches yielded different results for many hospitals. The study concluded that looking only at death rates of patients during initial hospitalizations favored hospitals that sent patients home quickly. Researchers suggested patient assessment take place over a standard time period to best assess hospital quality.  

Source: Medical News Today