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June 18, 2003

Quality of Care in Profit vs Not-For-Profit Dialysis Centers

Author Affiliations

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

JAMA. 2003;289(23):3087-3088. doi:10.1001/jama.289.23.3087

In Reply: Dr Bosch and colleagues suggest that we have selected studies based on their results. As we clearly stated, however, we established explicit eligibility criteria and blacked out all study results prior to determining study eligibility so that we were unable to select or reject an article based on the study results. Articles for inclusion in a systematic review are selected on the basis of meeting prespecified methodological criteria, not on the basis of where they are published. Doctoral dissertations undergo peer review that is as rigorous, if not more rigorous, than that for articles published in medical journals.