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Monday, 19th May, 2008

How do public sector professionals react to the increasingly common practice of publishing performance data? When the English NHS began publishing mortality rates of cardiac surgeons on the internet, it presented an ideal opportunity to explore just that. Though introduced as a measure to improve performance, some people predicted it would have the opposite effect, as surgeons may eschew clinically difficult cases to make the numbers look better. So, what, if any, effect has publishing this data actually had on stakeholders in the medical profession. This is the latest study to be commisioned by the Programme and it increases the number of projects in our unique set of studies on medical regulation to eight. Mark Exworthy and his team from Royal Holloway will examine the effect of publishing rates of mortality for cardiac surgeons on surgeons and other health workers, regulatory and commissioning bodies, hospital managers and patients. 

This project now has its own project page