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Measuring access to primary care appointments: a review of methods

Wendy Jones, Glyn Elwyn*, Peter Edwards, Adrian Edwards, Melody Emmerson and Richard Hibbs

BMC Family Practice 2003, 4:8  doi:10.1186/1471-2296-4-8

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Metodology and citation

Giedrius Vanagas   (2004-02-11 06:54)  Kaunas University of Medicine email

Authors of the article “Measuring access to primary care appointments: a review of methods” (1) aimed to search for and compare methods that have been published or are being developed to measure patient access to primary care appointments, with particular focus on finding methods using appointment system data.

The methodology of the scientific review well known and informatively described in the Cochrane Reviewers' Handbook (2). It seems that the authors in some extent used this book and review were designed appropriately. Authors highlighted that the retrieval of the literature initially identified total of 1763 citations and 38 articles retrieved for detailed assessment from the Pubmed and the Medline searches (1). Total number of citations highlighted in the Reference section is only 35 so at least missed 3 citations or there have need to be corrected The Results section.


1. Jones W, Elwyn G, Edwards P, Edwards A, Emmerson M, Hibbs R. Measuring access to primary care appointments: a review of methods. BMC Fam Pract 2003, 4:8

2. Cochrane Reviewers' Handbook []

Competing interests

None declared


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