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February 1985

No-show Behavior

Author Affiliations

North Chicago

Arch Intern Med. 1985;145(2):371. doi:10.1001/archinte.1985.00360020215051

To the Editor.  —I read with interest the recent article by Bigby et al.1 The authors matched 100 no-show patients by age and by number of appointments (scheduled during the six months prior to the index appointment) to 100 control patients who kept their subsequent appointment. Although in a previous study2 these workers stated the proportions of their patients by gender, no statement regarding their patients' sex was made in their present study.1If Hardison's3 belief that men deny illness more often than women is correct, then most likely men would exhibit increased no-show behavior when compared with women. Other investigators and I would be interested in the authors' comments concerning any influence their patients' gender might have had on the results of their recent study.1

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