Dangerous to extrapolate local audit findings

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7047.1667a (Published 29 June 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:1667
  1. R H Mcallister-Williams,
  2. I N Ferrier
  1. Lecturer in psychiatry Professor of psychiatry University of Newcastle upon Tyne, Department of Psychiatry, Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4LP

    EDITOR,—Alice McGrath and Graham Jackson's survey of neuroleptic prescribing to residents of nursing homes in Glasgow1 has been given extensive coverage by the BBC. It was reported that the survey showed an alarmingly high level of neuroleptic prescribing, that 88% of patients received them inappropriately, and that significant numbers of residents were receiving high doses. These headlines were repeated regularly through 8 March on Radios 4 and 5. On reading McGrath and …

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