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How useful are our present statistics on sexually-transmitted diseases?
  1. K Woodcock

    Abstract

    Various aspects of the British statistics relating to sexually-transmitted diseases are examined. Defects in these are illustrated by data from a series of surveys. It is suggested that the information being collected and published is incomplete by an unknown amount, inadequate because it tells only of laboratory diagnoses, and unusable at a local level because it relates to no identifiable population. Some suggestions are made as to how the data collected might be made more useful: the first and most important is that a working party should decide for what purposes the statistics are required.

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