Letters Ovarian cancer risk model

Authors’ reply to Candido-dos-Reis

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g6691 (Published 18 November 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g6691
  1. Dirk Timmerman, professor in obstetrics and gynaecology12,
  2. Jeroen Kaijser, research fellow12,
  3. Tom Bourne, professor123,
  4. Ben Van Calster, professor1
  1. 1Department of Development and Regeneration, KU Leuven, 3000 Leuven, Belgium
  2. 2Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University Hospitals Leuven, 3000 Leuven, Belgium
  3. 3Queen Charlotte’s and Chelsea Hospital, Imperial College, London, UK
  1. dirk.timmerman{at}uzleuven.be

We appreciate Candido-dos-Reis’s feedback and agree that the variable “oncology centre,”1 which we defined as “tertiary referral centres with a specific gynaecology oncology unit,” is unconventional.2 We anticipated that it would raise some questions. The variable was included because it is a predictor of prior risk of malignancy and because it is still predictive after controlling for the other eight patient …

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