Top 10 most read: Work-life balance of doctors in training, ultra-processed foods and added sugars in the US diet, and quality of life and visual function in patients with age-related macular degeneration

December’s top 10 most read list sees eight new entries. At number one this month is a qualitative study by Rich et al, which investigates the work-life balance of doctors undertaking post graduate mTired Docedical training in the UK. The authors conducted semistructured focus groups and interviews with medical trainees and trainers and found a lack of work life balance that negatively impacts on learning and well-being. In particular, women with children were the most affected.

Other new entries include a cross sectional study by Steele et al, which found that ultra-processed foods make up over half of all calories consumed in the US diet, and contribute to almost 90% of all added sugar intake. This study also received a press release.

Fenton et al’s systematic review on the associations between dietary acid, alkaline water and cancer incidence and treatment outcomes has dropped to fifth place in this month’s list. Jonas et al reached number six with a systematic review and meta-analysis examining the efficacy of surgery and invasive procedures for various conditions. The study concludes that the effects of surgery and other invasive procedures are uncertain, particularly in pain-related conditions.

Finally, at number 10 this month is a systematic review by Taylor et al, which looks into the affect of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) on visual function and quality of life (QoL) in patients living with the condition.

Rank Author(s) Title
1 Rich et al. “You can’t be a person and a doctor”: the work-life balance of doctors in training – a qualitative study
2 Ravnskov et al. Lack of an association or an inverse association between low-density-lipoprotein cholesterol and mortality in the elderly: a systematic review
3 Steele et al. Ultra-processed foods and added sugars in the US diet: evidence from a nationally representative cross-sectional study
4 Murdoch et al. Selling falsehoods? A cross-sectional study of Canadian naturopathy, homeopathy, chiropractic and acupuncture clinic website claims relating to allergy and asthma
5 Fenton et al. Systematic review of the association between dietary acid load, alkaline water and cancer
6 Leary et al. Mining routinely collected acute data to reveal non-linear relationships between nurse staffing levels and outcomes
7 Jonas et al. To what extent are surgery and invasive procedures effective beyond a placebo response? A systematic review with meta-analysis of randomised, sham controlled trials
8 Opondo et al.  Father involvement in early child-rearing and behavioural outcomes in their pre-adolescent children: evidence from the ALSPAC UK birth cohort
9 Oliva et al. Gut feelings in the diagnostic process of Spanish GPs: a focus group study
10 Taylor et al. How does age-related macular degeneration affect real-world visual ability and quality of life? A systematic review

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