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Peripheral arterial disease: still on the periphery?

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 18 May 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:1213
  1. Belch Jill (, professor of vascular medicine,
  2. Gerry Stansby, professor of vascular surgery
  1. Vascular Diseases Research Unit, Institute of Cardiovascular Research, University of Dundee, Ninewells Hospital and Medical School, Dundee DD1 9SY,
  2. Northern Vascular Unit, Freeman Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne NE7 7DN

    EDITOR—Changes to the UK General Medical Services (GMS) quality and outcomes framework review include several new therapeutic areas.1 However, although the GMS contract continues to emphasise risk factor management in patients with coronary heart disease, stroke, or transient ischaemic attack, it again omits peripheral arterial disease, even though this has largely the same underlying cause and association with cardiovascular events and mortality. This omission is even more noticeable given …

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