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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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