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Guidance and FAQs

Hospital Standardised Mortality Ratios

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Interpretation Guidance

A Quick Guide Leaflet Download PDF file [393 KB] has been produced as an aid to understanding and interpreting the Hospital Standardised Mortality Ratio.

During 2015/16 ISD undertook to fully review the HSMR model methodology and proposed to update it from August 2016. For more information see the Research and Development page. Due to the changes in methodology, HSMRs published from August 2016 onwards cannot be compared to previous releases.

A guidance document on what these changes mean Download PDF file [221Kb] is also available.

Frequently Asked Questions

This document provides answers to some of the most Frequently Asked Questions on the HSMR and the 2016 methodology changes.

HSMR Frequently Asked Questions Download PDF file [270 Kb]


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