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PSNet: Patient Safety Network
Journal Article
Commentary

The problem with preventable deaths.

Hogan H. BMJ quality & safety. 2016;25:320-3.

A key goal of patient safety improvement is preventing error, but challenges remain in distinguishing which harms are preventable. Discussing approaches to measuring preventable harm related to patient mortality, this commentary highlights limitations of hospital standardized mortality ratios as a quality measure and suggests combining multiple metrics designed with the complexity of health care in mind to uncover quality issues.