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Ageism in services for transient ischaemic attack and stroke: Ageism or cost-benefit analysis?

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 21 September 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:656
  1. Michael A McDowall, stroke registries coordinator (
  1. University of Edinburgh, Western General Hospital, Edinburgh EH4 2XU

    EDITOR—Young comments that ageism will always prosper when resources are inadequate for the target population.1 Is this really ageism, or is it application of a cost-benefit analysis—spending the limited resources where the greatest benefits will accrue?

    I suspect that most “ageism” in the system is based on the belief that the greatest benefit over …

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