Study ignored influence of parity on women's needs

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7050.167a (Published 20 July 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:167
  1. Sarah Vause,
  2. Michael Maresh,
  3. Khaled Khaled
  1. Research fellow Director Research fellow Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists Audit Unit, St Mary's Hospital, Manchester M13 0JH

    EDITOR,—We wish to make two comments about Jim Sikorski and colleagues' trial comparing two schedules of antenatal visits.1 Firstly, with regard to continuity of carer we think that in any study in which the mean number of visits differs significantly between the two groups, variables such as those suggested by Binstock and Wolde-Tsadik should be used to take account of this difference.2 If the number of visits is reduced a woman will probably see fewer carers. Therefore the …

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