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September 1997

Caveat Emptor? Caveat Lector (Reader Beware)!-Reply

Author Affiliations

Department of Pediatrics Baylor College of Medicine 1 Baylor Plaza, MC 3-2305 Houston, TX 77030

Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 1997;151(9):960. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1997.02170460097023

We appreciate the interest Roberts et al have shown in our article1 and we acknowledge their concerns. Their fine work in the areas of primary health care education and faculty development is well recognized and greatly respected by us. However, we must differ with their comment, "... the analysis of the data and conclusions of the study are misleading," in referring to our article.

The purpose of our study was to compare the continuity clinic experience of the pediatric residents at Baylor College of Medicine by practice setting and postgraduate level of training. We clearly stated in our article the study's limitations by design. The survey questions, aimed to measure the residents' reported experiences for patient volume, continuity of care, and type of patient visit, were formatted with the possible answers as categorical percentages. We reported this proportional data in accurate detail with no intent to "obscure the value of...