A comparison of British and US mortality outcomes

Authors: Pritchard, C. and Galvin, K.T.

Journal: Nursing Times

Volume: 102

Pages: 33-34

ISSN: 0954-7762


AIM: In response to American colleagues' concerns about the state of the NHS, we undertook a comparison of deaths in England and Wales and the US.

METHOD: Figures for 1974-2000 were obtained from World Health Organization data on all-cause and cancer mortality rates.

RESULTS: Overall rates fell substantially in all three countries but there was a more significant drop in England and Wales over the period. The reduction in deaths in England and Wales was also economically more effective.

CONCLUSION: This finding is a credit to the NHS and should be a boost for patient and staff morale.

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