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Letters Thighs and heart disease

Great Danes

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 21 October 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b4251
  1. Ted Willis, general practitioner1
  1. 1Brigg, North Lincolnshire
  1. ted{at}

    Shouldn’t there be some sort of recognition—perhaps a prize—for the way the Danes keep producing interesting and useful population research? In one issue alone, the BMJ published Danish research on the safety of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors in pregnancy and the association of thigh circumference with risk of heart disease and premature death.1 2 Recently it published a useful long term study on the contraceptive pill and blood clots.3 Then there is the Nordic Cochrane Centre and its very good studies on, for example, the harms of breast screening.4

    How have the Danes done all this? Identity cards, a reliable population database, and a national registry of all prescriptions notwithstanding, it is commendable how they have utilised their systems for research. The rest of the world should express some appreciation.

    I wonder whether Danish systems cost as much as the NHS National Programme for Information Technology?5


    Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b4251


    • Competing interests: None declared.


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