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23 e-Letters

  • 'Compassionate community networks: supporting home dying ': useful parallels from previous practice
    Clare M Carolan
    The introduction of a novel scheme in Weston-super-Mare described by Abel et al.,[1] which utilises a health care mentor to assist palliative care patients identify supportive networks within their communities and seeks to foster the development of compassionate community networks is to be congratulated. While the scheme is undoubtedly innovative in a palliative care setting a comparable model was initiated in a generalist commun...
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  • Re:A response to 'Increased mortality in parents bereaved in the first year of their child's life': Statistical points and possible extensions
    Mairi Harper

    We are grateful for the opportunity to respond to Chu and Percy's interesting comments on our paper. We accept that older and younger age may be associated with more medical problems in mothers and this could explain some of the higher mortality in bereaved parents versus non- bereaved parents, however the increased mortality findings were demonstrated for fathers as well as mothers. Although the age of the mother may ex...

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  • A response to 'Increased mortality in parents bereaved in the first year of their child's life': Statistical points and possible extensions
    Wing B Chu

    We read with interest the article by Harper et al in the last edition of this journal (2011;1:306-309). By establishing a correlation between infant mortality and the increased mortality risk of the parents, the article speaks, albeit indirectly, to the possible links between emotional and physical states - a topic of important and growing interest. However, two points present themselves about the authors' analysis - the f...

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