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Background Variations in hospital admission rates have been extensively reported for many years, but this evidence has not had a wide impact on clinical practice. Understanding local reasons for high variation to improve quality of healthcare should be a focus of clinical governance. Our aim was...
Background Surveys of ‘self‐reported’ accidents suggest that South Asian children in the United Kingdom may have lower rates of childhood accidents, but little is known about their susceptibility to severe accidents compared with white children. Methods We conducted an ecological study at...
Background In the United States, an association has been proposed between better access to primary care and lower mortality. This paper reports an ecological analysis that evaluated whether population health was associated with general practitioner (GP) supply in England. Methods Data were...
Following a story line in Coronation Street in which ‘Alma’ died of cervical cancer there was a large increase in the number of cervical smears taken in Manchester. To ascertain the extent to which women were influenced to attend for smears by this story line and why, we carried out a postal...
There is increasing provision of welfare benefits advice in primary care (WBAPC). This reflects the present government's recognition of the association between socio‐economic and health inequalities. However, the assumption that increasing an individual's income will improve their health is not...
Background We aimed to determine the views of Directors of Public Health about the Health Technology Appraisal Programme of the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) before the move to strategic health authorities and primary care trusts in April 2002. Method In December 2001 we sent...
Background Results from previous studies examining determinants of parental consultation for child mental health provide inconsistent evidence concerning socio‐demographic predictors. The aim of this study is to identify the socio‐demographic predictors of parental consultation for child...
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