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Are postal prompts really ineffective?

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: (Published 11 September 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:711
  1. Richard Edwards, lecturer in public health medicine (,
  2. Paul Murphy, primary care information manager
  1. Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 4HH
  2. Northumberland Health Authority, Morpeth

    EDITOR—Given the evidence presented in the POST study, a well designed cluster randomised trial, we were a little surprised that the investigators concluded that postal prompts to general practitioners have a “marginal role” in improving the secondary prevention of coronary heart disease.1

    The authors found that recording and advice were significantly increased for all except one …

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