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2012-11-21 15:14:03

Although the majority do have practical concerns over patient confidentiality and recognition Nearly nine out of ten clinicians carrying out biomedical research trials believe that trial data should be shared more easily, even though they do express some practical concerns, a study published today on bmj.com reveals. BMJ has long championed transparency in medical research. Last month, the journal launched an open data campaign to compel greater accountability in healthcare, and from...

2012-11-21 12:57:03

Checks have not reduced number of deaths from cardiovascular disease or cancer Researchers have found that routine general health checks, which have become common practice in some countries, do not reduce the number of deaths from cardiovascular disease or cancer. They do, however, increase the number of new diagnoses. Health checks were defined as screening for more than one disease or risk factor in more than one organ system offered to a general population unselected for disease or...

2012-10-16 11:35:08

Their professional identity is shattered and they fear colleagues' disapproval Doctors who have been on long term sick leave find it hard to return to work because they are overwhelmed with feelings of shame and failure, and fear the disapproval of colleagues, finds research published in the online journal BMJ Open. The authors call for cultural change, starting in medical school, to allow doctors to recognize their own vulnerabilities and cope better with both their own and their...

2012-09-18 22:18:23

Need for long and short term palliative care strategies to cope with this trend, say authors Cancer and chronic disease account for almost half of gradual deaths in European Union countries, suggests research published online in BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care. While there are variations in the absolute numbers across all 27 European Union (EU) countries, the figures suggest a need for both long and short term palliative care strategies to accommodate this trend, say the authors....

2012-08-16 00:39:05

Pay-for-performance schemes may do more harm than good by changing the mindset required for good doctoring, experts say In a cautionary editorial alongside a related article in today's issue of the British medical journal BMJ, leading experts in health policy and behavioral economics argue that pay-for-performance (P4P) schemes — which financially reward doctors and hospitals for hitting specific, numerical targets in such matters as preventing hospital readmissions or prescribing...

2012-06-26 13:56:57

Inequality evident for all causes and has not budged in 8 years The rate of stillbirths in England is twice as high among the least well off as it is among the most affluent, shows research published in the online journal BMJ Open. What is more, this inequality gap is evident across all causes of stillbirth, and has not changed in eight years, the findings show. The authors assessed the number of singleton stillbirths occurring in England between 2000 to 2007, inclusive. They looked...

Overdiagnosis Of Illnesses Is Harmful
2012-05-31 07:23:20

Connie K. Ho for RedOrbit.com For some time, prevention and early detection were thought to be the best ways to treat illnesses. However, a new study describes how these two factors have unknowingly driven up the number of overdiagnoses. In a feature published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), Ray Moynihan, a Senior Research Fellow at Bond University in Australia, states that "overdiagnosis poses a significant threat to human health by labeling healthy people as sick and wasting...

Children Born 2-3 Weeks Early Face Increased Risk Of Health Problems
2012-03-04 06:31:48

Babies born even a couple of weeks early could face a higher risk of health problems than full-term infants, claims a new study published Thursday on the website of the British Medical Journal (BMJ). According to Telegraph Medical Correspondent Stephen Adams, the researchers discovered that children born in weeks 37 and 38 were 33% more likely to develop long-term health issues and 15% more likely to develop asthma. Those findings are based on a study of 18,000 British children between...

2012-01-04 08:55:19

Missing clinical trial data can harm patients and lead to futile costs to health systems, warn experts on bmj.com today as part of an in-depth BMJ review of the matter. Missing data is a serious problem in clinical research. It distorts the scientific record, so that clinical decisions cannot be based on the best evidence. Today the BMJ publishes several papers that examine the extent, causes, and consequences of unpublished evidence. They confirm that a large proportion of evidence...


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