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Value of data provided for health promotion programmes

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: (Published 08 October 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:959
  1. F M Haste
  1. Surrey Family Health Services Authority, Surbiton, Surrey KT6 6AV.

    EDITOR, - Family health services authorities have recently received an unprecedented amount of clinical data from general practitioners as part of the new health promotion and chronic disease management programmes. Yet the value of these data remains undetermined. For monitoring purposes general practitioners are required to provide data about risk factors, interventions offered, the prevalence of some major chronic diseases, and, for chronic disease management, the numbers of sufferers and treatments provided.

    In theory the provision of such data should, in the long term, …

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