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Are consenters representative of a target population?

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (Published 03 November 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:1082
  1. David S Millson, general practitioner principal (
  1. Leek Health Centre, Fountain Street, Leek ST13 6JB

    EDITOR—I write with reference to the paper by Junghans et al on recruiting patients to medical research.1 We recently published a method to determine if consenters to population surveys are representative of the target study population.2

    Recently introduced data protection legislation has changed research practice in the United Kingdom, although uncertainties about the interpretation of the legislation remain.3 Methods such as searching …

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