26th July 2019, Volume 132 Number 1499

Ben Gray

McNoe and Reeder’s paper1 on sun protection policy in New Zealand has an important flaw. Although data was collected on ethnicity the paper did not include ethnicity in the analysis…

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Ben Gray, Senior Lecturer, Department of Primary Health Care and General Practice, University Of Otago, Wellington.

Correspondence

Dr Ben Gray, Senior Lecturer, Department of Primary Health Care and General Practice, University Of Otago, Wellington.

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ben.gray@otago.ac.nz

Competing Interests

Nil.

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