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Parents practise triage for paediatric attendances

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: (Published 25 November 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:1438
  1. Terry Bradley,
  2. Brigid Mccann,
  3. John Glasgow,
  4. Chris Patterson
  1. Principal in general practice Trainee general practitioner Health Centre, Dunmurry, Northem Ireland
  2. Consultant paediatrician Accident and Emergency Department, Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children, Belfast BT12 6BE
  3. Medical statistician Department of Epidemiology and Public Health Queen's University, Belfast BT7 1NN

    EDITOR,--We agree with Jeremy Dale and colleagues that there is considerable overlap between the conditions presenting to primary care and those presenting to accident and emergency departments.1 We would point out, however, that, like many other authors, Dale and colleagues have drawn conclusions using information collected from only one side of the interface between primary and secondary care.

    Our own study of paediatric attendances in accident and emergency was also a prospective study but examined attendance …

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