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Letters Abdominal aortic aneurysm

Comparing studies for cost effectiveness of screening

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 28 July 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b3044
  1. Simon Thompson, director1,
  2. Lois Kim, lecturer2,
  3. Lu Gao, statistician1
  1. 1MRC Biostatistics Unit, Institute of Public Health, Cambridge CB2 0SR
  2. 2London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London WC1E 7HT
  1. simon.thompson{at}

    Ehlers and colleagues conclude from their long term modelling study that screening men aged 65 for abdominal aortic aneurysm is not cost effective.1 This conclusion conflicts with that of the 10 year follow-up of the randomised Multicentre Aneurysm Screening Study (MASS),2 our detailed long term modelling based on individual patient data in MASS,3 4 and other recent modelling studies.

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