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The association between deprivation levels, attendance rate and triage category of children attending a children's accident and emergency department
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    Re: Methodological problems in the study on deprivation and attendance at an A&E department
    • T F Beattie, Consultant in Accident and Emergency Care
    Dear Editor

    Dr. Leung's first comment relates to our method of calculating the proportions of child attenders in each deprivation category. The numerator we use to calculate each proportion is based on the number of first-time attenders, while the denominator represents the total population in each category. Dr. Leung argues that the proportion of children who were 'at risk' of being first attenders will be lower in the de...

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    Methodological problems in the study on deprivation and attendance at an A&E department


    Beattie et al found a trend towards increased attendance for the more deprived categories of children attending a children’s accident and emergency department. However, there are weaknesses in their study methodology.

    First, in calculating the proportion of population in each deprivation category, they included only true "first attenders" in the numerator but all children in the appropriate dep...

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