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Effectiveness of lipid lowering drugs in general practice: Article illustrates major problem

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 03 July 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:50
  1. Tim W M Wang, consultant (,
  2. Callum A Livingstone, senior lecturer,
  3. Gordon A Ferns, professor
  1. Department of Clinical Biochemistry, Frimley Park Hospital, Frimley, Surrey2GU16 5UJ
  2. Royal Surrey County Hospital, Guildford, Surrey GU2 7XX

    EDITOR—The article by Hippisley-Cox et al illustrates a major problem of describing a recommended cholesterol concentration as a target value—scatter around a bullseye will always ensure at least 50% of values above the target.1 What was most interesting about their data was the dispersion of last recorded serum cholesterol concentrations about the means. …

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