Authors' reply

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.7002.454 (Published 12 August 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:454
  1. Jane L Hopton,
  2. Maria Dlugolecka
  1. Research psychologist Department of General Practice, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh EH8 9DX
  2. Consultant in public health medicine Lothian Health, Edinburgh

    EDITOR,--An important deficiency in the burgeoning research literature on health needs assessment and priority setting, particularly in attempts to incorporate users' views, is a preoccupation with methodological debate in isolation from debate about principles of social justice and morality. We attempted in our paper to deconstruct our own methodology to raise this debate rather than to summarise it. We are pleased that others are eager to take up the debate, and the issues raised by Quentin D Sandifer and colleagues are valuable …

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