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Friday 03 Oct 2014Developing the Summary Hospital Mortality Index

Professor Mike Campbell - School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR), University of Sheffield

Lecture Theatre, Veysey Building, Salmon Pool Lane, Exeter EX2 4SG 13:30-14:30

In 2011 the Department of Health set out a specification for a hospital mortality index, to act as an alternative to the Dr Foster HSMR, which is a commercial development. In particular they wanted to consider deaths within 30 days of discharge from hospital as well as within hospital deaths. A tender for the statistical development of what is now known as the Summary Hospital Mortality Index (SHMI) was won by ScHARR in Sheffield. The speaker will describe the challenges of dealing with 96M records, and producing the Index. He will review the statistical methods used to produce the Index and describe some of the results. Finally he will review the uses and abuses of any summary mortality index.

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