Comparison groups were not clear in studyBMJ 1996; 313 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7057.623 (Published 07 September 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:623
- Tony C K Tham, Visiting gastroenterology fellow,
- David R Lichtenstein, Instructor in medicine
- Endoscopy Center, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA 02115, USA
EDITOR,—A H Briggs et al compared the cost effectiveness of screening for and eradication of Helicobacter pylori in the management of dyspeptic patients under 45 in the community using decision analysis and concluded that cost savings in the strategy of screening for H pylori compared with treatment with cimetidine could take almost eight years to accrue.1 We think, however, that there are flaws and limitations in this study and that their conclusions should be interpreted with caution.
In their analysis of …
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