Using Data To Evaluate Hospital Inpatient MortalityFranklin, Patricia D. MD; Legault, James P. MBAJournal of Nursing Care Quality: Using Health Care Data To Improve Utilization and Outcomes Abstract Author Information This article evaluates the use of hospital inpatient mortality as an indicator of health care outcomes and describes the development of related data. It demonstrates both the strengths and limitations of mortality as a measure of outcomes. It provides guidance concerning the development of raw and severity adjusted mortality data. It also provides information concerning data related to unexpected mortality and complications. Medical Director, Quality Management; University Hospital-SUNY HSC (Franklin) Director of Quality Management; University Hospital-SUNY HSC (Legault) Syracuse, New York © 1999 Aspen Publishers, Inc.