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Journal Article

Hospital mortality: when failure is not a good measure of success.

Shojania KG, Forster AJ. CMAJ : Canadian Medical Association journal = journal de l'Association medicale canadienne. 2008;179:153-7.

This commentary discusses the limitations of using hospital standardized mortality ratios as a measure of the quality of care, as illustrated in a recent study of preventable deaths after cardiac surgery.