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Effectiveness of glucocorticoids in treating croup

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.319.7224.1577a (Published 11 December 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:1577

Authors acknowledge Cochrane Collaboration

  1. Terry P Klassen, chair ([email protected])
  1. Department of Paediatrics, University of Alberta, 2C3.67 Walter C Mackenzie Health Sciences Centre, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada T6G 2R7
  2. Department of Paediatrics, Addenbrooke's NHS Trust, Cambridge CB2 2QQ
  3. Department of Child Health, Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust, Ipswich IP4 5PD
  4. Manor View Practice, Bushey Health Centre, London Road, Bushey, Hertfordshire WD2 2NN
  5. University Department of Child Health, Leicester Royal Infirmary, PO Box 65, Leicester LE2 7LX

    EDITOR—It has been brought to my attention that we omitted some key acknowledgments in our recently published systematic review of glucocorticoids for the treatment of croup.1 The protocol for our review was registered with the Acute Respiratory Infection Review Group of the Cochrane Collaboration in 1997. Our review is currently under revision with the review group and will be published in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. The Acute Respiratory Infection Review Group was very helpful in searching its database of trials identified through handsearching of relevant journals and in providing insightful comments on our protocol.

    One advantage of having our study published in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews is that we will be able to update the review as new evidence is identified. The BMJ's policy of permitting duplicate publication with the Cochrane Collaboration is extremely important. I hope that other journals join in this support of the Cochrane Collaboration through like minded policies.

    References

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    General practitioners must be ready to treat children

    1. Angela J Tillett, specialist registrar in paediatrics ([email protected]),
    2. James D M Gould, consultant paediatrician
    1. Department of Paediatrics, University of Alberta, 2C3.67 Walter C Mackenzie Health Sciences Centre, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada T6G 2R7
    2. Department of Paediatrics, Addenbrooke's NHS Trust, Cambridge CB2 2QQ
    3. Department of Child Health, Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust, Ipswich IP4 5PD
    4. Manor View Practice, Bushey Health Centre, London Road, Bushey, Hertfordshire WD2 2NN
    5. University Department of Child Health, Leicester Royal Infirmary, PO Box 65, Leicester LE2 7LX

      EDITOR—The meta-analysis by Ausejo et al is timely as the croup season approaches.1 Despite the usefulness of corticosteroids having been recognised for many years, our experience is that children rarely receive them in any form before admission to hospital.

      Geelhoed et al …

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