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Table 1 Sentences given in the feedback letters

From: Response to written feedback of clinical data within a longitudinal study: a qualitative study exploring the ethical implications

  Sentence in feedback letter
BMI (kg/m2)  
   <19 This suggests that you might be underweight.
   19-26.9 This suggests that your weight is probably normal
   ≥27 This suggests that you might be overweight.
Body composition All letters Studies have suggested that the recommended percentage of body fat is around 20-31% for women and 13-21% for men.
Cholesterol (ratio of total to HDL cholesterol)  
   ≤4 This is within the normal range.
   >4 (no statin reported) This is a little high and you may wish to consult your GP about the results.
   >4 (statin reported) This is a little high but we note that you reported taking statins and we assume you and your GP are monitoring this.
HbA 1c  
   <6% This is within the normal range.
   ≥6% (no diabetes reported) This seems to be a little high and we recommend that you have your blood glucose level checked by your general practitioner or practice nurse. You should not eat or drink before you undertake this test, please ask your practice for advice on this when you make your appointment.
   ≥6% (diabetes reported) This seems to be a little high but we note that you are aware of your diabetes and assume that you and your GP are monitoring this.