Inaccurate data may lead to insufficient resources

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.310.6990.1327b (Published 20 May 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:1327
  1. Andrew C Burnett,
  2. Paula Bland
  1. Director of primary care development Kent Family Health Services Authority, Maidstone ME14 1QH
  2. Information analyst Thames Cancer Registry, Surrey SM2 5PY

    EDITOR,—We agree with Clive Richards and colleagues that accurate ascertainment is a problem for cancer registries.1 One of us (ACB) recently completed an audit of skin cancer care in the former South East Kent health district.

    Index cases of melanoma were identified, by date of diagnosis, from histology records for inpatients and outpatients at the district's three hospitals for the year starting 1 April 1991. A small number of cases from general practitioners …

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