referral centre bias
A popular term for the skewing of morbidity and mortality statistics based on data generated from referral and tertiary care centres.
Data from highly-specialised hospitals and medical centres are rarely representative of the population that a hospital of a similar size might service.
Synonyms Tertiary care centre bias
Reference Am J Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, Vol. 168, No. 3 (2003), pp. 323-329