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Authors take issue with commentary on their paper

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: (Published 11 March 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:713
  1. Lena A Sanci, fellow in adolescent health (,
  2. Carolyn M M Coffey, epidemiologist,
  3. George C Patton, director,
  4. Glenn Bowes, professorial fellow
  1. Centre for Adolescent Health, Department of Paediatrics, University of Melbourne, Parkville, Melbourne 3052, Australia

    EDITOR—We commend the development of the BMJ's guidelines on educational interventions, which were used to assess our paper.1 At several points in Ker's commentary on our paper, however, she raises the need for further information. We recognised this need when we prepared the manuscript. We were also aware, though, of the constraints on space; articles in the BMJ should not exceed 2000 words, and providing the requisite information would have made our paper substantially longer. An alternative would have been …

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