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228 e-Letters

  • Guidelines on good publication practice
    CJ Kalman

    Editor,
    I was interested to read the excellent COPE Report Paper[1] and note Occupational and Environmental Medicine's intention to follow these guidelines.

    In particular, from the occupational health point of view, I welcome the inclusion of involvement of the study participants in consideration and agreement of the research protocol, though I am a little sad that the COPE Committee...

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  • Bullying in hospitals
    TS Koh

    Editor

    As victims of bullying and proponents of emotional intelligence in the health profession we read with interest your article on workplace bullying.[1]

    Kavimaki et al[1] did not mentioned whether the responses were anonymous. Identified responses may underestimate the incidence of bullying in the cohort. Given that previous studies (mentioned by the authors in the discussion) have shown a consid...

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  • Symptoms among endoscopy nursing staff
    Eugene R Waclawski

    The recent article by Vyas, et al.[1] raises some concerns to which I would be grateful if they could respond.

    1) In the abstract one of the objectives is stated as finding the nature and incidence of symptoms experienced by a large sample of hospital endoscopy nurses. The study design is cross-sectional and used an adapted version of the MRC questionnaire for respiratory symptoms. This study design normally re...

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  • Author's reply to occupational exposures and pancreatic cancer: a meta-analysis
    Anneli Ojajarvi

    Editor

    We thank Dr. Seilkop for his comment and have, in essence, not much to add to it. The study by Shannon et al.[1] had obviously been overlooked and the study by Arena et al.[2] was published after our deadline for the inclusion of studies.

    Dr. Seilkop´s Table has errors for the study by Andersson et al.[3] The number of pacreatic cancer deaths should be 2; relative risk should be 1.2; and 95% conf...

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  • Raynaud's phenomenon in vibration exposed workers
    Bernard Noel

    Editor

    Chronic hand vibration exposure is now a well-described cause of Raynaud's phenomenon. According to Palmer et al, it is estimated that 220,000 cases of Raynaud's phenomenon are attributable to vibration exposure in Great Britain.[1] These epidemiological data, based on a questionnaire, are considered reasonably accurate.[2] About 4.2 million workers are exposed to hand transmitted vibration but the real...

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  • Excess pancreatic cancer risk and exposure to nickel and nickel compounds
    Steven K Seilkop

    Editor

    A meta-analysis that was recently published in this journal[1] suggested an association between excess pancreatic cancer risk and exposure to nickel and nickel compounds (meta-risk ratio = 1.9, 95% CI = 1.2 - 3.2, based on 4 studies). Through correspondence with the authors (Ojaj rvi et al.), I learned that their analysis excluded the many epidemiological studies that had been conducted on workers in the...

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  • Re: Reporting of occupational and environmental research - author's reply
    Lesley Rushton

    Dear Editor

    Dr Loomis draws attention to the potential dangers of the rigid use of checklists and guidelines to judge occupational and environmental research. I agree with these sentiments, in particular the concerns about the increasing number of papers that use compliance with these guidelines as a justification for conclusions regarding causality. There is, however, one rapidly expanding area of research that...

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  • Reporting of occupational and environmental research
    Dana Loomis

    Editor,
    Rushton's recent article on the reporting of occupational and environmental research raises a number of useful points that all researchers would do well to remember when writing up epidemiological findings for publication. Without expressly intending to do so, however, the article also emphasizes the hazards of establishing formal criteria or checklists for the evaluation of scientific work. Good epi...

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