Removal from a GP's list: qualitative research is needed

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.323.7315.754 (Published 29 September 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:754
  1. Tim Stokes (tns2@le.ac.uk), clinical lecturer in general practice,
  2. Robert K McKinley, senior lecturer in general practice,
  3. Mary Dixon-Woods, lecturer in health policy.
  1. Department of General Practice and Primary Health Care, University of Leicester, Leicester General Hospital, Leicester LE5 4PW
  2. Department of General Practice and Primary Health Care
  3. Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, University of Leicester, Leicester LE1 6TP

    EDITOR—Pickin et al offer a postal questionnaire survey of general practitioners' reasons for removing patients from their lists.1 To date, published research on removals has relied on an analysis of routinely collected health authority data that do not allow the reasons for removal to be ascertained except for immediate removals on the grounds of violence. 2 3

    We think, however, that there are important problems with the methods adopted by Pickin et al. They …

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