Risk adjusted mortality rate

The risk adjusted mortality rate (RAMR) is a mortality rate that is adjusted for predicted risk of death. It is usually utilized to observe and/or compare the performance of certain institution(s) or person(s), e.g., hospitals or surgeons.

It can be found as:

RAMR = (Observed Mortality Rate/Predicted Mortality Rate)* Overall (Weighted) Mortality Rate

In medical science, RAMR could be a predictor of mortality that takes into account the predicted risk for a group of patients. For example, for a group of patients first we need to find the observed mortality rates for all the hospitals of interest. Then we can build/construct a model or use an existing model to predict mortality rates for each of the hospitals. It is expected that the number of patients in each hospital will be different and hence we need an overall (weighted) mortality rate for all these hospitals. Once we have the above three rates, then we can utilize the above formula to find the risk adjusted mortality rate which will reflect the actual mortality rate of a particular hospital without being biased from the observed mortality.

In the English NHS the Summary Hospital-level Mortality Indicator, the Hospital Standardised Mortality Rate and the Risk Adjusted Mortality Index are all used.[1] The BBC produced a table in 2011 comparing mortality on various measures across all NHS acute trusts.[2]


  1. ^ "Summary Hospital-level Mortality Indicator". NHS Digital. Retrieved 20 December 2016.
  2. ^ "Hospital death rates: Full table". BBC News. 28 November 2011. Retrieved 14 July 2017.
  • D. Dinh, L. Tran, V. Chand, A. Newcomb, G. Shardey, M. Huq, B. Billah, C. Reid (2011) "Comprehensive Annual Surgeon's Report 2009-2010", Australasian Society of Cardiac and Thoracic Surgeons (ASCTS), Australia
Mortality rate

Mortality rate, or death rate, is a measure of the number of deaths (in general, or due to a specific cause) in a particular population, scaled to the size of that population, per unit of time. Mortality rate is typically expressed in units of deaths per 1,000 individuals per year; thus, a mortality rate of 9.5 (out of 1,000) in a population of 1,000 would mean 9.5 deaths per year in that entire population, or 0.95% out of the total. It is distinct from "morbidity", which is either the prevalence or incidence of a disease, and also from the incidence rate (the number of newly appearing cases of the disease per unit of time).

In the generic form, mortality rates are calculated as:

where d represents the deaths occurring within a given time period, p represents the size of the population in which the deaths occur and is a conversion factor from fraction to some other unit (such as multiplying by to get mortality rate per 1,000 individuals).

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