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referral centre bias 

EVIDENCE-BASED MEDICINE 

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

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