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Patients' perceptions of need for primary health care services

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.7002.453c (Published 12 August 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:453
  1. Quentin D Sandife,
  2. Darren Shickle,
  3. Su Vuilo,
  4. Sharon Hopkins
  1. Registrar in public health medicine Honorary senior registrar in public health medicine Consultant in public health medicine Consultant in public health medicine Department of Public Health Medicine and Strategic Planning, South Glamorgan Health Authority, Cardiff CF13NW

    Patients could consider general good rather than their own

    EDITOR,--Jane L Hopton and Maria Dlugolecka examine the feasibility of using patients' perceptions of need for primary health care services to develop priorities.1 Their study illustrates three important deficiencies in engaging the general public to develop priorities for health care services. Firstly, we wonder how representative the respondents were of the general population. As 64% of the respondents were home owners and 61% car owners, was recruitment principally from the upper social class? Furthermore, it would have been beneficial if …

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