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Research Article

Waiting list statistics. II: An estimate of inflation of waiting list length.

Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1987; 295 doi: (Published 07 November 1987) Cite this as: Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1987;295:1197
  1. A Lee,
  2. B Don,
  3. M J Goldacre
  1. Unit of Clinical Epidemiology, University of Oxford, Headington.


    The discrepancy between the length of the waiting list and eventual admissions from the waiting list was investigated by comparing data from two different sources of routine statistics in the Oxford region. It was estimated that about 28% of the waiting list comprised patients who were not eventually admitted to hospital within the region.