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Simplistic Good and Bad Care Ratings Misleading to True Hospital Performance, Warns Ardentia

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Judging the quality of healthcare delivery based on an overall “good” or “bad” rating is both simplistic and misleading to the true performance of hospitals and acute care provision, warns Ardentia.

Recent ratings published by Doctor Foster Intelligence, which identified England’s “12 worst performing hospitals”, are based on just fifteen indicators across seven areas of healthcare.  The NHS is currently unable to provide data on a more comprehensive range of data, which would make the ratings more meaningful.

While national data sources offer a rough estimate of performance they are not refined enough or comprehensive enough to support meaningful judgments on whole hospitals.  Patient and service level reporting is crucial if trusts are to get a true indication of which areas are performing well, and where improvements can be made.

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