Factors affecting likelihood of applicants being offered a place in medical schools in the United Kingdom in 1996and 1997: retrospective study

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: (Published 09 January 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:94

Several errors occurred in this article by McManus (24October, pp1111-1117). It was not made clear that the whole of the first paragraph was a quotation from the 1986paper by Horton (cited as reference 1). In table 2the results for the University of Birmingham were wrong: the symbol • should have appeared in three additional rows — has made an insurance choice,” “is female,” and “is from an ethnic minority.” In figure 3the odds ratio for Birmingham for 1997should have been 1.526(95% CI 1.1616to 2.007), placing it between Glasgow and Leicester; the values for 1996 are correct but in the wrong position (further details of the corrected analysis are available at


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