Does healthcare save lives? Avoidable mortality revisited.
In this review the authors have traced the evolution of the concept of 'avoidable' mortality from its inception in the 1970s. they have undertaken a detailed methodological critique of this concept, examining questions of attribution, issues relating to comparisons over time and place, and relationships with other indicators of health service provision. To help future researchers they have produced a comprehensive, annotated review of the work that has been undertaken worldwide so far.
Nuffield Trust, London, UK., ISBN: 1902089944, 139 pp.