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Chart of the week: The UK's troubling record on deaths from Covid-19 compared internationally

Data story 03/06/2020

Each week, we'll be taking a look at a different aspect of the Covid-19 pandemic, presenting our analysis of the data in chart form to illustrate some key issues and invite discussion. This week, John Appleby compares deaths from Covid-19 in the UK with those of other countries.

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Chart of the week: Covid-19 death rate higher for men in public-facing or construction jobs than 'professional' roles

Data story 13/05/2020

Each week, we'll be taking a look at a different aspect of the Covid-19 pandemic, presenting our analysis of the data in chart form to illustrate some key issues and invite discussion. This week, John Appleby looks at which occupational groups have higher rates of deaths from coronavirus or other ca...

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Chart of the week: Covid-19 kills people in the most deprived areas at double the rate of those in the most affluent

Data story 06/05/2020

Each week, we'll be taking a look at a different aspect of the Covid-19 pandemic, presenting our analysis of the data in chart form to illustrate some key issues and invite discussion. This week, Billy Palmer looks at how deaths from Covid-19 seem to affect the most deprived areas of England disprop...

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Measuring mortality during Covid-19: a Q&A

Blog post 05/05/2020Sarah Scobie

Sarah Scobie answers some key questions on how mortality figures are collected and measured during the Covid-19 crisis. How do the numbers relate to the daily figures reported, and are all the extra deaths due to the coronavirus? This explainer was originally published on 5 May, and was updated on 2...

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Are more black, Asian and minority ethnic people dying with Covid-19 than might be expected?

Blog post 27/04/2020Theo Georghiou | John Appleby

Amid worrying recent media reports that a disproportionate number of BAME people are dying from Covid-19, Theo Georghiou and John Appleby take a look at how the demographics of the areas worst hit by the coronavirus can affect attempts to assess the extent of the problem.

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International comparisons of healthcare quality

Indicator update 31/07/2018Jessica Morris

International comparisons of the performance of health systems can be a powerful tool. As well as highlighting areas for quality improvement, they enable us to answer some big questions in health care.

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Indicator update summary: February 2017

Indicator update 24/02/2018Robert Reed

A round-up of updates to our indicators on issues including NHS resources, premature mortality, early intervention and substance misuse.

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News release: UK faces ‘mountain to climb’ in improving care quality, new comparative study finds

Press release 03/07/2015

Despite significant improvements since 2000, the UK can and should do better in preventing unnecessary hospital admissions and improving survival from killer diseases.

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Mortality rates: getting the right measure

Blog post 13/02/2015Chris Sherlaw-Johnson

The Secretary of State has recently announced an annual review of the case notes of 2,000 people who have died in hospital every year. Chris Sherlaw-Johnson examines the problems with this approach.

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Does healthcare save lives? Avoidable mortality revisited

Report 01/03/2004Ellen Nolte | Martin McKee

This study reviews the extensive literature on avoidable mortality.

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