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How should we interpret hospital infection statistics?

Allen C Cheng and Leon J Worth
Med J Aust 2014; 200 (5): 257-259. || doi: 10.5694/mja14.00101
Published online: 17 March 2014

In reply: We thank Watson for her comments and agree that there is probably room for improvement. However, for most hospitals that fall within the funnel, rank is likely to reflect random variation. This contrasts with the common interpretation that rank reflects the quality of care.

  • Allen C Cheng1,2
  • Leon J Worth2

  • 1 Monash University, Melbourne, VIC.
  • 2 Infection Prevention and Healthcare Epidemiology Unit, Alfred Health, Melbourne, VIC.

Correspondence: allen.cheng@monash.edu

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