Top ten most read in September: sugar content of supermarket yoghurts, the potential link between dementia and air pollution in London, and the experience of patient and public peer reviewers in medical publishing

The list of the ten most-read articles in September at BMJ Open sees five new entries. Taking over the top spot is a study by Moore et al. looking at the nutritional content of supermarket yoghurts. This analysis of the sugar content of over 900 yoghurt products showed that less than 9%, and only 2% of those aimed at children, were classified as low sugar.

In at number three is a study by Vaucher et al. that investigated the role of osteopathy in the Swiss health-care system. Osteopaths answered a survey about their practice, with the results showing that they saw around 7% of the Swiss population in 2016. The vast majority of these consultations were in relation to musculoskeletal conditions and complaints, indicating that osteopathic care can provide an important first-line option for patients that have these conditions.

New in at number four is a timely study asking the question of whether incidence of dementia is associated with air pollution in London. Carey et al. analysed health-care data from nearly 140,000 people, and linked this to estimates of air pollution in the areas where the people lived. They found a positive association between pollution concentration and being diagnosed with dementia, providing further evidence for the unhealthy effects of high levels of air pollution in the urban environment.

At number six is an observational study from Prentice et al. investigating the outcomes of patients suspected to be in cardiac arrest and treated by the Helicopter Emergency Medical Service in South East England. Nearly half of patients suspected to be in cardiac arrest on receipt of the 999 call were found not to be on arrival of the emergency medical services, but nearly two thirds of these patients still required an advanced prehospital medical intervention.

Finally, new in at number nine is a study by Schroter et al. investigating the experiences of people who have provided patient and public peer reviews at two journals that are trailing this initiative — The BMJ and Research Involvement and Engagement. The responses were generally positive, with around 80% of reviewers saying they would recommend being a reviewer to other patients and carers. The reviewers also provided practical tips to improve the experience, such as allowing more time to review and improving the matching of papers to reviewers’ knowledge.

Rank Author(s) Title
1 Moore et al. Evaluation of the nutrient content of yogurts: a comprehensive survey of yogurt products in the major UK supermarkets
2 Khaw et al. Randomised trial of coconut oil, olive oil or butter on blood lipids and other cardiovascular risk factors in healthy men and women
3 Vaucher et al. The role of osteopathy in the Swiss primary health care system: a practice review
4 Carey et al. Are noise and air pollution related to the incidence of dementia? A cohort study in London, England
5 Pereira Gray et al. Continuity of care with doctors–a matter of life and death? A systematic review of continuity of care and mortality
6 Prentice et al. Emergency medical dispatch recognition, clinical intervention and outcome of patients in traumatic cardiac arrest from major trauma: an observational study
7 Petrilli et al. Understanding patient preference for physician attire: a cross-sectional observational study of 10 academic medical centres in the USA
8 Watkins et al. Effects of health and social care spending constraints on mortality in England: a time trend analysis
9 Schroter et al. Perspectives on involvement in the peer-review process: surveys of patient and public reviewers at two journals
10 RIFT Study Group On behalf of the West Midlands Research Collaborative Right Iliac Fossa Pain Treatment (RIFT) Study: protocol for an international, multicentre, prospective observational study


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