Alternatives to hospital care

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7038.1102 (Published 27 April 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:1102

Study's results may not apply elsewhere

  1. Nigel Sylvester
  1. General practitioner Friarsgate Practice, Friarsgate Medical Centre, Winchester, Hampshire SO23 8EF

    EDITOR,—I wish to urge caution in extrapolating the results of Joanna Coast and colleagues' study, which implies that a tenth of patients admitted to general hospitals could be relocated to more appropriate care.1 I am leading a “total fundholding” project in Winchester, in which the practice will purchase all care on behalf of our patients, and have been examining the …

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