Authors' reply

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.310.6982.804 (Published 25 March 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:804
  1. Sheena Pinion,
  2. David Parkin,
  3. David Abramovich,
  4. Henry Kitchener
  1. Consultant gynaecologist Forth Park Maternity Hospital, Kirkcaldy KY2 5RA
  2. Consultant gynaecologist Consultant gynaecologist Consultant gynaecologist Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, Aberdeen AB9 2ZB

    EDITOR,—Anup Sharma and colleagues point out that serious complications may occur during hysteroscopic surgery. It was because of such anecdotal reports that we initiated our randomised trial. Pauli Kajanoja states that we disregarded the fact that 17 women underwent hysterectomy and 11 had a repeat hysteroscopic operation. On the contrary: analysis in randomised trials is based on “intention to treat,” so the recovery times reported include those for women having further treatment. The levels of satisfaction are those reported by the women themselves at 12 months, again independent of whether they had further treatment. A recent nationwide Scottish audit of hystroscopic surgery reported similar low rates of …

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