2 Department of Quality Assurance, GRY Institute of Pharmacy, Khargone, Madhya Pradesh, India
3 Department of Preventive Medicine, Oxford Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre Bengaluru, Tumkur, Karnataka, India
4 Department of Microbiology, Sri Siddhartha Medical College, Tumkur, Karnataka, India
Department of Dermatology, Rajarajeshwari Medical College and Hospital, Mysore Road, Bengaluru - 560 074, Karnataka
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Umashankar N, Pemmanda B, Gopkumar P, Hemalatha A J, Priya K S, Prashanth H V. Authors' reply. Indian J Dermatol Venereol Leprol 2018;84:310
We appreciate the queries raised by the correspondent on our article “Effectiveness of topical green tea against multidrug resistant Staphylococcus aureus in cases of primary pyoderma: An open controlled trial” published in the March-April (2018) issue of the journal.
Kindly find our replies below on each point.
Multidrug resistance was an incidental finding and was not included in our inclusion criteria. As multidrug resistant strains were seen in 89.1% participants in the green tea group and 81.1% in the placebo group, we included this in the title.
Sample Size Calculation
The first part of the study was a cross-sectional study to identify the cases among school children; later, the identified cases were administered the intervention. Hence, sample size calculation was done using the same formula.
We agree with the comments, but since this was an open label clinical trial, not much emphasis was given on randomization.
This was mentioned in the 'limitations' section.
Statistical Methods Used
It is true that means of continuous variables, such as age and duration of lesion, cannot be compared; this was not done in our study. However, for your information, it was only compared for gender (categorical nominal variable) and P value was calculated, which is mentioned below in the table.
Informed consent was taken from the parents. Assent forms were also obtained.
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Conflicts of interest
There are no conflicts of interest.