Private Report Cards Don't Improve Trauma Mortality

While public reporting may improve quality of care in some arenas, private reporting may not do the same, especially when it comes to trauma mortality, according to research published in JAMA Surgery.

After providing individual hospitals with confidential reports on their trauma mortality rates as calculated with data from the National Trauma Data Bank, researchers analyzed trends in in-hospital mortality rates among each hospital's trauma patients.

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In-hospital trauma mortality benchmarking was not associated with a decrease in trauma patient mortality, even when grouping patients by mechanism of trauma or level of risk, according to the research.

Researchers suggested the knowledge that private trauma reporting may not be independently effective could be useful in developing more effective benchmarking programs.

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