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Letters Effect of recessions on health

Research authors’ reply to Barlow and Barr and Taylor-Robinson

BMJ 2016; 355 doi: (Published 16 December 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;355:i6639
  1. Charitini Stavropoulou, senior lecturer1,
  2. Divya Parmar, lecturer1,
  3. John P A Ioannidis, professor2
  1. 1School of Health Sciences, City University London, London EC1V 0HB, UK
  2. 2School of Medicine, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, USA
  1. C.Stavropoulou{at}

A valid point that Barr and Taylor-Robinson raise in their editorial accompanying our research article is that one should distinguish between economic crises themselves and policy responses to these crises.1 2 Nothing in our inclusion/exclusion criteria suggests that studies looking at policies would be excluded. None of the omitted studies Barlow refers to were excluded because they focused on policy responses to the crisis.3 They …

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