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Mortality Rate is one of the significant quality indicators for the public to analyze healthcare centers. Mortality Rate (MR) for a medical institution is a measure of the number of deaths in that particular institution within a set period of time. However, MR cannot be a sole factor to consider the quality of services rendered by that institution as there are many conditions that influence the overall Mortality Rate of a hospital. We will discuss these impacting factors comprehensively in the following article, but let’s first begin by understanding the basics of Mortality Rate and how is it determined.
Defining Mortality Rate
Typically, hospitals are assessed for their quality care based on the following types of Mortality Rate:-
Number of deaths/Number of discharges + Number of deaths
Total number of maternal deaths/Total number of deaths
Total number of infant deaths/ Total number of deaths
Why Mortality Rate is not the Ideal Quality Indicator?
While a prominent factor to consider, the Mortality Rate of a healthcare center is not the ideal quality indicator. This is because, there are several factors including hospital types, locations, services, etc. that impact the overall Mortality Rate. Below, we have elaborated the key influential aspects of Mortality Rate:-
Mortality Rate can be a useful indicator of quality care while assessing a hospital. However, as proved above, it is not the ideal indicator. Patients must not just consider Mortality Rate but also assess other quality indicators and conduct a careful statistical analysis in order to determine the quality of services offered by the hospital in question. The above-mentioned factors offer an imperative basis of evaluation that can help them better understand the notion of Mortality Rate, further allowing them to make a well-informed health decision.
Dr. Rishab Sharma
Dr. Rishab Sharma MBBS, MD (Internal Medicine) He is associated with Fortis Escorts Hospital, Jaipur. Dr. Rishab has wide experience in managing a variety of diseases, as well as managing critical care units in large government and corporate hospitals.