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Study did not reliably exclude possibility of psychological damage

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7051.231b (Published 27 July 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:231
  1. J B Wright,
  2. M J Gannon,
  3. M Greenberg
  1. Consultant psychiatrist Lecturer in obstetrics and gynaecology University of Leeds Menorrhagia Research Unit, Box CW 34, General Infirmary at Leeds, Leeds LS2 9NS
  2. Consultant psychiatrist University College London, London WC1E 6BT

    EDITOR,—David A Alexander and colleagues conclude that there is no evidence that hysterectomy leads to postoperative psychiatric illness and that endometrial ablation and hysterectomy have a similar effect on psychiatric outcome.1 Their conclusion rests heavily on the appropriateness of the main instrument used to explore psychiatric outcome. They used the hospital anxiety and depression scale. This is a useful screening instrument, and it is also a good way of monitoring change in established depressive illnesses or …

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