Study of walk-in centres was flawed

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.322.7291.931 (Published 14 April 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:931
  1. Steve George, reader in public health,
  2. Val Lattimer, reader in nursing
  1. University of Southampton, Health Care Research Unit, Southampton General Hospital, Southampton SO16 6YD pluto@soton.ac.uk

    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 …

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