14 e-Letters

published between 2002 and 2005

  • Apparently ventilation tubes give immediate hearing
    Moghira Iqbal Siddiqui

    Dear Editor

    Regarding the article by Michael B Aldous,[1] I was little concerned about the impression I got from the randomized control trial. I ask them to consider the proven fact that immediate hearing improvement that takes place following placement of ventilatory tubes. Is it not a fact that fluid accumaulation in middle ear results in profound hearing loss? Does the modern formulas calculating significance and po...

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  • Are chest X-rays needed to diagnose pneumonia?
    Santabhanu Chakrabarti

    Dear Editor

    The question asked in a recent article[1] was “In children with acute respiratory infection, is tachypnoea accurate for detecting pneumonia?” The answer obtained was “in children with acute respiratory infection, tachypnoea had a sensitivity of 74% and specificity of 67%”. Please note that radiographic determination of pneumonia was the reference standard to which the finding of tachypnoea was compar...

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  • Editors' Reply to eLetter from JC Platt
    EBM Editors

    Dear Mr Platt

    Many thanks for your eLetter regarding an abstract appearing in both EBM[1] and EBN[2] with different commentaries. In answer to your queries:
    First, when we have the same abstract appearing in both journals we do sometimes use the same commentary as well, however, if we think it doesn't fit our target audience we can require a fresh commentary. The risk is that, like all opinion, diff...

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  • Response to: A home-based, nurse-delivered exercise programme
    John C Platt

    Dear Editors

    The study:
    A home-based, nurse-delivered exercise programme reduced falls and serious injuries in people ³ 80 years of age. Robertson et al. Effectiveness and economic evaluation of a nurse delivered home exercise programme to prevent falls. 1: randomised controlled trial. [1]
    appeared in both Evidence-Based Medicine [2] and in Evidence-Based Nursing.[3]...

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