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Are GP practice prescribing rates for coronary heart disease drugs equitable? A cross sectional analysis in four primary care trusts in England
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    Prescribing need is multifactorial

    Dear Editor

    While I applaud the aim of Ward, Noyce and St Leger [1] to promote equality of prescribing I fear that their method is overly simplistic. While I have reservations about how they chose to measure some variables, my main objection is that they have only examined relationships between two variables at a time and have failed to examine correlations between explanatory variables. Such an approach can lead to...

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    Ethnicity and Prescribing

    Dear Editor

    My understanding, confirmed by brief review of data on the ONS website, is that the South Asian population in the UK has a younger age distribution than the white population. In this case, would an indicator based on those aged over 35 need further adjustment for the age distribution beyond 35 in order to examine prescribing? Is it possible that we are seeing an age effect in the negative correlation...

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