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BMJ 1996; 313 doi: (Published 07 December 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:1479
  1. Ray Fitzpatrick,
  2. Anne Klassen,
  3. Crispin Jenkinson,
  4. Tim Goodacre
  1. Professor Research officer Deputy director, health services research unit Department of Public Health and Primary Care, University of Oxford, Radcliffe Infirmary, Oxford OX2 6HE
  2. Consultant plastic surgeon Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Radcliffe Infirmary

    EDITOR,—We share Jayant S Vaidya and Nigel Sacks's concern about the response rate in our study. Space did not allow us to report the reasons for 10 patients being excluded from the preoperative assessment. Three respondents had the operation done privately; the questionnaires of two respondents were returned by the post office because they had moved; two respondents had their operation before completing the preoperative questionnaire; the …

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