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Submitted by Muraleedharan on
This is in response to the observations made by Adam Wagstaff on the quality of care in primary health care in India. In my view, this is a mis-directed research and total waste of money and energy. You really dont need any research on this; no body disputes this issue and it is an acknowledged issue Besides, such studies with "fake patients" also poses some ethical concerns, which the researchers are not sensitive enough. As revealed by their own survey, patients get just about a minute or a little more than a minute from physicians for diagnosis, and these fake patients take a away a portion of even this less than a minute consultation time available for genuine patients. undoubtedly this is an unethical research methodology and therefore unscientific. I wish to know Wagstaff's response to this issue. I have read this paper. thanks Muraleedharan