BMJ 1998; 316 doi: (Published 06 June 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:1700

Evidence of unmet need in the care of physically disabled adults

The BMJ is retracting the above paper by M H Williams and C Bowie (BMJ 1993;306:95-8) at the request of Dr Bowie. The General Medical Council found Dr Williams guilty of professional misconduct in February 1998 on charges which included research fraud. Dr Williams was responsible for the data collection of the original interview and examination survey in 1989 and the follow up telephone survey in 1990. Dr Bowie has been unable to verify that the data collection was carried out in an honest way. He did not scrutinise the data sheets at the time of the surveys; the data sheets of both surveys have been destroyed; and none of the 18 people still alive in Somerset and contacted by telephone six years later could remember the telephone interview.

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