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Improving the practice of child death overview panels: a paediatric perspective
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    Re: The value of Child Death Overview Panels (CDOP) remains unproven
    • Dr Luke Allen
    • Other Contributors:
      • Dr. Simon Lenton, Dr. James Fraser and Dr. Peter Sidebotham

    Value for money

    We endorse the sentiments expressed by Mecrow and O'Connor, and acknowledge the concerns they raise. As emphasised in our paper, there is currently a lack of evidence for the efficacy, efficiency and effectiveness of the child death review process. However, we would argue that the value of the CDOP process is not predicated on a demonstrable reduction in mortality alone.

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    The value of Child Death Overview Panels (CDOP) remains unproven
    • ian k Mecrow, Consultant Paediatrician
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      • Louise M O Connor

    Allen et al (1) are to be congratulated in reporting the first attempt to quantify the efficacy and impact of Child Death Overview Panels (CDOP) in the UK. They note that Paediatricians contributing to the workings of the panel are of the view that the panels function well with 71% of responders agreeing or agreeing strongly that they offer good value. However, the nature of the study may have involved significant bias as...

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