Standardised methods of data collection are required

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.310.6993.1534e (Published 10 June 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:1534
  1. Mark C Shaw
  1. Senior registrar in public health medicine East Sussex Health Authority, Brighton BN1 4ST

    EDITOR,—John Shanks and colleagues discuss the advantages, for the purpose of needs assessment, of combining knowledge from general practice with that derived from data sources held centrally.1 They suggest that health authorities and family health services authorities may need to wait for a merger to explore the benefits. In East Sussex both authorities have been exploring this for the past two years.

    The idea of providing general practitioners with census results for combination with information derived from their own systems …

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