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Letters Appraisal and revalidation for UK doctors

Authors’ reply to Caesar and colleagues, Thornton, Kemple, and Singh

BMJ 2020; 371 doi: (Published 20 October 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;371:m4036
  1. Victoria Tzortziou Brown, academic general practitioner1,
  2. Margaret McCartney, general practitioner2,
  3. Carl Heneghan, professor of evidence based medicine3
  1. 1Institute of Population Health Sciences, Barts and London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London, London, UK
  2. 2Department of Primary Care, University of St Andrews, St Andrews, UK
  3. 3Centre for Evidence Based Medicine, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
  1. V.TzortziouBrown{at}

We thank Caesar and colleagues, Thornton, Kemple, and Singh for their letters to our analysis.12345

We were as perplexed as Goh6 by the references used by Caesar and colleagues in their response7 to support their arguments. The studies quoted do not provide objective evidence on the benefits of appraisal and revalidation for doctors and patients. Archer et al, in their independent evaluation, state: “We found no significant changes …

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