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Letter indicates misreading of our paper on chromium waste

BMJ 2000; 321 doi: (Published 05 August 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:386
  1. Peter McCarron, lecturer in epidemiology and public health (,
  2. Tim J Peters, reader in medical statistics,
  3. I Harvey, professor of epidemiology and public health,
  4. R Brogan, consultant in public health medicine
  1. University of Bristol, Department of Social Medicine, Bristol BS8 2PR
  2. School of Health Policy and Practice, University of East Anglia, Norwich NR4 7TJ
  3. Greater Glasgow Health Board, PO Box 15329, Glasgow G3 8YZ

    EDITOR—We agree with Moffatt and Bhopal that studies examining the impact on health of environmental hazards pose particular challenges in terms of reaching judgments about cause and effect.1 We believe, however, that the concerns they raise indicate a misreading of our paper.2

    Moffatt and Bhopal question our use of the SF-36 validated quality of life questionnaire to measure self reported health. The SF-36 is the most widely used generic measure of health and functional status and has been found …

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