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Letters Health in an unequal world

What about the needs of health workers in developing countries?

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: (Published 08 November 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:954
  1. Neil Pakenham-Walsh, coordinator, Healthcare Information For All by 2015
  1. Global Healthcare Information Network, Charlbury, Oxford OX7 3SE
  1. neil.pakenham-walsh{at}

    In their randomised trial showing reduced in-hospital mortality after improved management of children under 5 years with malaria, Biai et al concede that “we cannot distinguish between the effect of supervising the implementation of the guidelines and the effect of the financial incentive in reducing mortality.”1 But this crucial point was lost in the abstract—and in others' interpretations:

    • • The box summarising what the study adds—“In …

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