Top 10 Most Read in December: Roll-your-own smokers are less likely to quit, the health effects of coconut oil and the relationship between mobile phone use and brain cancer

December saw three papers from BMJ Open’s latest issue enter into the top 10 most read articles. In eighth position is a cross-sectional survey from the UK that found adult smokers who rolled their own cigarettes were less likely to quit compared to smokers of manufactured cigarettes. The authors attributed this difference to the lower cost of roll-your-own smoking. In at tenth position is an ethnographic study of patients, therapists and other staff about the auditing of therapies for stroke rehabilitation in the UK, particularly the performance target that 45 minutes of each therapy should be offered to stroke patients. The study uncovered differences in the way therapies were delivered and interpreted by therapists with audit practices varying widely across sites. Our final new entry is in fourth position, a population-based ecological study in Australia that found no association between mobile phone use and incidence of brain tumours in adults aged 20–59.

BMJ Open’s most read paper of December is a clinical trial of the health effects of coconut oil, butter and olive oil published earlier in the year by researchers at the University of Cambridge and supported by the British Broadcasting Corporation. The authors found that butter raised low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) more than coconut oil, whilst coconut oil’s effects on LDL-C did not differ from olive oil.

Rank Author(s) Title
1 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
2 Müller et al. Impact of the communication and patient hand-off tool SBAR on patient safety: a systematic review
3 Petrilli et al. Understanding patient preference for physician attire: a cross-sectional observational study of 10 academic medical centres in the USA
4 Karipidis et al. Mobile phone use and incidence of brain tumour histological types, grading or anatomical location: a population-based ecological study
5 Elgar et al. Corporal punishment bans and physical fighting in adolescents: an ecological study of 88 countries
6 RIFT Study Group Right Iliac Fossa Pain Treatment (RIFT) Study: protocol for an international, multicentre, prospective observational study
7 Carnes et al. Manual therapy for unsettled, distressed and excessively crying infants: a systematic review and meta-analyses
8 Jackson et al. Roll-your-own cigarette use and smoking cessation behaviour: a cross-sectional population study in England
9 Carey et al. Are noise and air pollution related to the incidence of dementia? A cohort study in London, England
10 Taylor et al. How is the audit of therapy intensity influencing rehabilitation in inpatient stroke units in the UK? An ethnographic study

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