Unnecessary surgeries and Hospital Standardized Mortality Ratios

Legault, Timothy
February 2011
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;2/8/2011, Vol. 183 Issue 2, pE94
Academic Journal
The article discusses the reports of the Canadian Institute for Health Information regarding developments in unnecessary surgeries in Canada. It states that hospital standardized mortality ratios (HSMRs) have decreased in 2010 compared to 2004-2005 while over 3600 therapeutic knee arthroscopies and around 1050 vertebroplasties were conducted in Canada in 2008-2009 despite questions on its effectiveness. It also highlights progress in cardiac care and hospital processes.


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