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Scottish linked hospital and mortality data
  1. A Redpath1,
  2. S Capewell2
  1. 1
    CHD and Stroke Programme, ISD Scotland, South Gyle Crescent, Edinburgh EH12 9EB, UK
  2. 2
    Department of Public Health, University of Liverpool, Liverpool L69 3GB, UK
  1. Mr Adam Redpath, ISD Scotland, South Gyle Crescent, Edinburgh EH12 9EB, UK; adam.redpath{at}isd.csa.scot.nhs.uk

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To the editor: The editorial by Avendano and Soerjomataram1 identifies some of the key difficulties of using routine data to monitor trends in coronary heart disease (CHD) incidence, but fails to mention that researchers and statisticians have been using Scottish linked hospital discharge and deaths data for many years to produce the sort of analyses recommended. We have routinely used …

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