What is ‘overdiagnosis’? Public meanings and misconceptions

A recent study published in BMJ Open found less than 3% of the British public could define the meaning of overdiagnosis correctly. We talk to lead author Dr Alex Ghanouni about his research. Stories about the ‘overdiagnosis’ of medical conditions regularly make the headlines. “GPs to trial new tests for asthma amid concerns about overdiagnosis” […]

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#BMJOpen5years: 2015 article highlight

We’ve been celebrating our fifth anniversary by highlighting some of the articles that have gained us attention, along with some that demonstrate our unique approach.  Our final highlight, from 2015, comes from Mari Hysing, from Uni Research Health, and colleagues. Sleep and use of electronic devices in adolescence: results from a large population-based study was our most […]

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#BMJOpen5years: 2014 article highlight

This week we’re celebrating our fifth anniversary by highlighting some of the articles that have gained us attention, along with some that demonstrate our unique approach.  Cited 49 times in Web of Science, and with an Altmetric score of 306, our 2014 article highlight investigates the relationship between salt intake, blood pressure, stroke, and ischaemic heart disease […]

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Requesting clinical trial protocols

We have recently made some changes to our submission system. If we receive a clinical trial, we will now ask that authors include the original trial protocol. Editor-in-chief, Dr Trish Groves, explains why: Transparent reporting of research has always been at the heart of BMJ Open. From the very start the journal has published all […]

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