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Routine telephone review of asthma: Authors' reply

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.326.7401.1267-c (Published 05 June 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:1267
  1. Hilary Pinnock (hpinnock@gpiag-asthma.org), General Practice Airways Group clinical research fellow,
  2. Robert Bawden, general practitioner,
  3. Stephen Proctor, general practitioner,
  4. Stephanie Wolfe, respiratory nurse,
  5. Jane Scullion, nurse consultant,
  6. David Price, General Practice Airways Group professor of primary care respiratory medicine,
  7. Aziz Sheikh, NHS/PPP Foundation primary care postdoctoral researcher
  1. Department of General Practice and Primary Care, University of Aberdeen, Foresterhill Health Centre, Aberdeen AB25 2AY
  2. Health Centre, Botesdale, Diss, Norfolk IP22 1DU
  3. Clarendon Medical Centre, Hyde, Cheshire SK14 2AQ
  4. Thorpewood Surgery, Norwich, Norfolk NR7 9QL
  5. Respiratory Unit, Glenfield Hospital, Leicester LE3 9QP
  6. Department of General Practice and Primary Care, University of Aberdeen
  7. Department of Public Health Sciences, St George's Hospital Medical School, London SW17 0RE

    EDITOR—We acknowledged in our discussion that only a third of eligible patients participated in our trial raising concerns about generalisability. Having identified a group reluctant to attend asthma clinics, achieving a high response rate to a postal invitation was always going to be difficult. As detailed in our paper, of the 307 excluded for other reasons, 50% had chronic obstructive pulmonary …

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