Authors' reply

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7057.623a (Published 07 September 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:623
  1. Andrew Briggs,
  2. Mark Sculpher,
  3. Robert Logan
  1. Research officer Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, Wolfson College, Oxford
  2. Research fellow Health Economics Research Group, Brunel University, Uxbridge, Middlesex UB8 3PH
  3. Wellcome advanced training fellow Division of Gastroenterology, Queen's Medical Centre, University of Nottingham, Nottingham

    EDITOR,—We welcome the support of G H Hall and others and of Stirling Pugh for the approach we adopted in our model: decision analysis is a powerful tool regardless of whether the instrument for modelling is a spreadsheet or a dedicated decision analysis package. In replying, it is useful to distinguish between objections to the parameter values we used and objections to the way in which we modelled the management of dyspepsia.

    The parameter values in the base case analysis were taken from the literature and from the clinical experience of two of us (RPHL and JHB). Clearly, clinical opinion varies and the literature contains many possible values. The effect of these uncertainties was …

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