Creating secondary learning resources from the BMJ Case Reports through social-media based discussion groups

Social Networks like Facebook and the recently unveiled G+ besides the obvious connotations of helping to connect with friends, family and co-workers, have wider and rather far reaching implications in the domain of Healthcare which is traditionally dictated by strict one to one communication between the attending doctor and the patient. However with the Internet […]

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‘Quality and Safety in Medicine’ Series

Markers to measure quality and safety in health care are much debated. A decline in adverse event reporting may represent a genuine decline in adverse events or merely a decline in their reporting; just as a rise in the reporting of poor outcomes may represent significant cultural changes in a healthcare system more vigilant or […]

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Searching whilst feeding

Had one of those yes-this-is-how-it-could-work moments recently. I was sat at the back of a departmental lunchtime meeting (in Turo) recently eating a cake and clocking up some CPD. There was a presentation on ‘refeeding syndrome’ and I managed to search BMJ Case Reports for ‘refeeding syndrome’ on my recently acquired smartphone and found several […]

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“Pediatric” case reports now in vogue?

The American Academy of Pediatrics’ journal ‘Pediatrics’ has made public its New Year’s resolutions in an editorial called “The Next Generation of Pediatrics”. First LR, Moyer VA, Puskarz J. The Next Generation of Pediatrics. PEDIATRICS. 2010 1;125(1):193-194. In it they announce the relaunch of case reports with some excellent selection criteria namely reports that: “(1) […]

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Case Report CAT

This is a draft critical appraisal sheet for case reports. Would be interested in your views. Critical Appraisal is used to glean scientific evidence from papers. Case reports or case series are not normally considered as part of this process. The reason is that there is usually no hypothesis testing or comparison within a case […]

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