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Access to emergency care in Palestinian West Bank: Interpretation of results is flawed

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.332.7552.1276-a (Published 25 May 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:1276
  1. Elihu D Richter, head (elir@cc.huji.ac.il),
  2. Rony Blum,
  3. Avraham Rivkind
  1. Center for Injury Prevention, Hebrew University, Hadassah School of Public Health and Community Medicine, PO Box 12272, Jerusalem 91120, Israel
  2. Center for Injury Prevention, Hebrew University, Hadassah School of Public Health and Community Medicine, PO Box 12272, Jerusalem 91120, Israel
  3. Department of General Surgery and Shock Trauma Unit, Hebrew University, Hadassah Medical Center, Jerusalem

    EDITOR—The study reported by Rytter et al attributes a risk for added admissions to hospital to delays from checkpoints, detours, and curfews imposed by the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) during January 2005—described as “a relatively calm period in the West Bank.”1 However, a review of their data raises some questions about the internal consistency and coherence of the findings and their interpretation. Of all 2228 contacts, 394 (17.7%) were delayed, and of these, 125 (32%) required admission to hospital, resulting in an overall …

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