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June 26, 2002

Should Consumers Trust Hospital Quality Report Cards?

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Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 2002;287(24):3206-3208. doi:10.1001/jama.287.24.3206

To the Editor: In his Editorial in response to the study of Dr Krumholz and colleagues,1 Dr Naylor2 highlighted the methodological obstacles of using risk-adjusted mortality as an indicator of hospital quality. Our analyses of Cleveland Health Quality Choice,3 one of the largest experiments with public report cards,4 raise 2 additional issues.

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