Four new entries made it into BMJ Open’s top 10 most read articles in June. Holding on to the top spot is Petrilli et al, with an observational study examining patient preferences for physician attire.
New in at number two is a systematic review by Gray et al, investigating whether there is a relationship between the receipt of continuity of doctor care and mortality. The researchers extracted and analysed data from observational studies conducted in nine countries with very different cultures and health systems; they demonstrate that increased continuity of care by doctors is associated with lower mortality rates.
At number three is a new entry by Kaimal at al. The researchers examined the associations between the imagery created in art therapy sessions with standardised measures of clinical symptoms in active-duty military service members with a history of traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress symptoms and related psychological health conditions. Their finding indicate that there are patterns of recurring associations between clinical symptoms in the visual imagery created in the art therapy sessions; in particular an association between post-traumatic stress scores and visual depiction of psychological injury was noted.
Hirsch et al, are new in at number five. The researchers conducted a qualitative interview study asking participants about their experience from first Lyme disease symptoms to treatment. The study identified potentially modifiable risk factors for belated treatment of Lyme disease, including symptom misattribution, intermittent symptoms and misperceptions. The final new entry for October is at number ten; Beard et al. report a time-series analysis investigating whether prevalence of e-cigarette and nicotine replacement therapy use among smokers is associated with average cigarette consumption in England. The researchers found no evidence of an association between the rise in use of e-cigarettes and decline in NRT use and changes in cigarette consumption.
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