Letters

Good quality evidence is lacking

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7047.1673b (Published 29 June 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:1673
  1. Henrietta Lang,
  2. Michael Joffe
  1. Research associate Department of Primary Health Care and General Practice, Imperial College of Medicine at St Mary's, London W2 1PG
  2. Senior lecturer Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, Imperial College of Medicine at St Mary's

    EDITOR,—T Dowswell and colleagues report that in a feasibility study of a randomised controlled trial of home and hospital births 14.2% (71/500) of women were considered eligible for randomisation; 15% of them (11/71) consented to be randomised.1 Participation rates depend both on the expectations of the inviting physician and on women's willingness to participate, and neither of these is free from the influences of experience, context, and personality. …

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