PIGPEN therapy for head lice

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 19 June 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:1405
  1. Trisha Greenhalgh, general practitioner
  1. London

    Background A review of the evidence suggests that chemical treatment is superior to combing in the treatment of head lice (BMJ 2003;326: 1256-8). But there's combing and combing.

    Participants and methods Two hundred urchins were recruited from a school playground and randomised using a culturally congruent method (“Oi, you lot—number off”). Exclusion criteria included congenital alopecia (n=1), dreadlocks (n=4), and having a parent who showed enthusiasm for rubbing organophosphates …

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