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January 8, 2003

Pulse Pressure and Risk of Cardiovascular Disease

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Letters Section Editor: Stephen J. Lurie, MD, PhD, Senior Editor.

JAMA. 2003;289(2):175-176. doi:10.1001/jama.289.2.175-a

In Reply: Drs Kennell and Klaus used our definition of compliance to infer that all women in the experimental group received intermittent support. On the contrary, the nurses aimed to provide 100% continuous labor support. We selected 80% minimum time as our standard for compliance, in recognition of the nurses' needs for meals and personal hygiene breaks at times when another nurse trained in labor support might be unavailable, and in anticipation of rare instances of emergencies with other patients. Because nearly all women had husbands and/or other family members with them, we doubt that any women were ever left completely alone.

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