Top 10 most read in January: patient satisfaction with hospital care and nurses, manual therapy for excessively crying infants and the timing of probiotic milk consumption during pregnancy and adverse outcomes

January sees seven new papers enter BMJ Open’s top 10 most read articles. In at number one is Aiken et al, who investigate how patient perceptions of hospital care are associated with confidence in nurses and doctors, nurse staffing levels and hospital work environments. The authors found a strong association between patients’ perceptions of hospital care and a lack of nursing care, which is also linked to poor nurse staffing levels and less favourable hospital work environments.

BinDhim et al are at number five with a double-blind randomised controlled trial assessing the efficacy of an interactive smoking cessation decision-aid app compared with a static information app on quit rates. Also new in this month is a systematic review and meta-analysis by Carnes et al, which evaluates the effect of manual therapy interventions for excessively crying infants, finding moderate favourable evidence for the reduction in crying time in infants receiving manual therapy.

Other new entries include Nordqvist et al, who investigate if the timing of probiotic milk consumption either before, during early or late pregnancy is associated with preeclampsia and preterm delivery. The authors found that probiotic milk intake during late pregnancy was associated with a decreased risk of preeclampsia and intake during early pregnancy was associated with a decreased risk of preterm delivery. They conclude that future randomised controlled studies are needed to confirm the possible protective effect of probiotics consumption on pregnancy outcomes.

Finally, reaching number 10 this month is a mixed methods study by Miles et al, which aimed to develop a computerised decision aid for stage II colorectal cancer patients considering adjuvent chemotherapy and examine its usefulness and acceptability.

Rank Author(s) Title
1 Aiken et al. Patient satisfaction with hospital care and nurses in England: an observational study
2 Xie et al. Risk of death among users of Proton Pump Inhibitors: a longitudinal observational cohort study of United States veterans
3 Watkins et al. Effects of health and social care spending constraints on mortality in England: a time trend analysis
4 Ashton et al. Do emotions related to alcohol consumption differ by alcohol type? An international cross-sectional survey of emotions associated with alcohol consumption and influence on drink choice in different settings
5 BinDhim et al. Smartphone Smoking Cessation Application (SSC App) trial: a multicountry double-blind automated randomised controlled trial of a smoking cessation decision-aid ‘app
6 Carnes et al. Manual therapy for unsettled, distressed and excessively crying infants: a systematic review and meta-analyses
7 Holden et al. Subgrouping and TargetEd Exercise pRogrammes for knee and hip OsteoArthritis (STEER OA): a systematic review update and individual participant data meta-analysis protocol
8  Nordqvist et al. Timing of probiotic milk consumption during pregnancy and effects on the incidence of preeclampsia and preterm delivery: a prospective observational cohort study in Norway
9 Butler et al. Mental disorder in children with physical conditions: a pilot study
10 Miles et al. Use of a computerised decision aid (DA) to inform the decision process on adjuvant chemotherapy in patients with stage II colorectal cancer: development and preliminary evaluation


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