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Rheumatic Fever in Children and Adolescents: A Long-term Epidemiologic Study of Subsequent Prophylaxis, Streptococcal Infections, and Clinical Sequelae: II. Maintenance and Preservation of the Population

JOSEPH B. GAVRIN, M.S.W.; ESTHER TURSKY, R.N.; BERTHA ALBAM, M.S.W.; and ALVAN R. FEINSTEIN, M.D.
Ann Intern Med. 1964;60(2_Part_2):18-30. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-60-2-18
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For short-term studies of sick people hospitalized because of illness, physicians can concentrate on the scientific problems under investigation. In such circumstances, the investigators need not worry about how the patients get to and from the hospital or whether they will appear in time for the next scheduled test. For long-term epidemiologic studies of patients who are asymptomatic and living at home, physicians encounter many nonmedical problems that must be solved before any of the scientific work can begin.

The additional new problems are managerial. They deal with how to maintain an intact population and preserve attendance of the patients

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