Study of walk-in centres was flawedBMJ 2001; 322 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.322.7291.931 (Published 14 April 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:931
- Steve George, reader in public health,
- Val Lattimer, reader in nursing
- University of Southampton, Health Care Research Unit, Southampton General Hospital, Southampton SO16 6YD email@example.com
EDITOR—Jones in her news item reported a study that the Consumers' Association had conducted on NHS walk-in centres.1 The title of the report implies conclusive results. Jones does not, however, mention the methodological flaws of the study, and there are many.
This was a small study, designed and presented in a similar fashion to that on NHS Direct, published in August last year, which attracted criticism.2 Once again no control group was used, so we …