Dying to know: public release of information about quality of health care

This book examines the suggested policy of having more publicly available information about members of the medical profession.

Nuffield Trust Series No 12: Until recently doctors have been trusted by society to provide clinical care without having to demonstrate that they are achieving acceptable standards. Recognition of significant variation in the quality of health care and recent high profiled examples of the failure of self-policing by the medical profession have started to damage this trust. This has resulted in increasing calls for more information to be made available to the public in the form of comparative performance reports.

This book explores the potential advantages and problems of such a strategy. The authors draw upon the extensive experience of public disclosure in the United States and examine the lessons for an international audience. Co-published by the Nuffield Trust and RAND.

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Suggested citation

Leatherman S, Marshall M, Shekelle P and Brook R (2000) Dying to know: public release of information about quality of health care. Nuffield Trust and RAND.