Mortality Rates Vary with Hospital Quality, Neighborhood Deprivation

JAMA Network

About The Study: The findings of this study including 1.8 million Medicare beneficiaries suggest that characteristics of a patient’s neighborhood and the hospital where they received treatment were both associated with risk of death after commonly performed inpatient surgical procedures. The associations of these factors on mortality may be additive. Efforts and investments to address variation in postoperative mortality should include both hospital quality improvement as well as addressing drivers of neighborhood deprivation.

Authors: Adrian Diaz, M.D., M.P.H., of Ohio State University in Columbus, is the corresponding author.

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