Scottish Mortality and Morbidity Programme
The Scottish Mortality and Morbidity Programme (SMMP) is a
collaboration which aims to improve mortality and morbidity
meetings and processes within NHSScotland through:
- learning and training to provide skills and support to design
and run effective mortality and morbidity meetings and
- sharing learning across NHSScotland, and
- technology and IT systems that support mortality and morbidity
What is the mortality and morbidity process?
The Mortality and Morbidity process describes the review of
incidents from the initial event to the mortality and morbidity
meeting and implementation of identified actions or outcomes.
A mortality and morbidity meeting is ‘a unique opportunity
for caregivers to improve the quality of care offered through case
studies. They provide clinicians and members of the healthcare team
with a routine forum for the open examination of adverse events,
complications, and errors that may have led to illness or death in
Mortality and morbidity meetings are also known as mortality and
morbidity reviews or conferences, case conferences or clinical
teaching conferences. The term ‘patient safety’ or ‘quality
improvement’ or ‘quality assurance’ (or a similar variant) is
occasionally appended as a prefix.
Mortality and morbidity meetings support a systematic approach
to the review of patient deaths or care complications to improve
patient care and provide professional learning. The meetings give
ownership to clinical teams and offer a direct opportunity to
improve care delivery in a timely manner.
Effectively run audit and peer review processes, incorporating
analysis of mortality and morbidity cases, contribute to improved
patient safety and professional development.