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May 28, 2003

Health and Function of Patients With Untreated Idiopathic Scoliosis

Author Affiliations

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

JAMA. 2003;289(20):2644. doi:10.1001/jama.289.20.2644-a

In Reply: Dr Hawes characterizes our sample as geographically localized. Patients were initially seen at the same medical center but had dispersed to 22 US states and Canada by the 50-year follow-up. Concerning the representativeness of our control group, we sought volunteers based on age and sex alone from 2 dermatology clinics, a walk-in senior center, and the independent living unit of a retirement home. These are appropriate venues considering the age of our sample.

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