ARTICLEEstablishing a Mortality Review ProcessRachel, Marcia M. PhD, RN; Stewart, Mary W. PhD, RNAuthor Information School of Nursing, University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson. Corresponding Author: Marcia M. Rachel, PhD, RN, UMMC School of Nursing, 2500 N State St, Jackson, MS 39216 (firstname.lastname@example.org). Accepted for publication: January 3, 2009 Journal of Nursing Care Quality: July-September 2009 - Volume 24 - Issue 3 - p 211-222 doi: 10.1097/NCQ.0b013e31819b8e45 Buy Metrics Abstract Patients die in hospitals every day; some of these deaths are expected and some are not. Each death can provide information that improves the healthcare system, care provided by healthcare professionals, and hospitalization experience for patients and their families. A standardized mortality review approach in a system focused on quality can set the stage for, and facilitate, the improvement process. This article describes the experience of an academic health center in establishing a mortality review process. © 2009 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.