Top 10 Most Read in December: symptom assessment apps, multivitamins, and online teaching for medical students.

Happy New Year. The new year represents a fresh start for many of us and an opportunity to reflect back on the previous year. Taking a look at the top articles for December 2020, we are still seeing a very high interest in COVID-19 articles and we have two new entries this month.

The entry at number one will look familiar as McAloon et al. has maintained the top spot with their meta analysis on the incubation period for COVID-19. A new entry from November, Houben et al. has moved up in the charts to number two, with the Netherlands Perinatal Registry cohort profile. This cohort includes detailed data on 542 900 pregnancies in the Netherlands from 1999 to 2017.

Our first new entry at number six is Gilbert et al. with a vignette study on the accuracy of popular symptom assessment apps. Comparing the apps to General practitioners (GPs), Gilbert et al. found that some of the apps provided a high level of accuracy when assessing symptoms. But, GPs outperformed all of the apps.

The second new entry is a cross-sectional study from Dost et al. on the perceptions of medical students towards online teaching during the COVID-19 pandemic. The students found that online learning allowed them greater flexibility in their studies but barriers included poor internet connections and family distractions.

Rank Author(s) Title
1 McAloon et al.  Incubation period of COVID-19: a rapid systematic review and meta-analysis of observational research
2 Houben et al. Cohort profile: the PHARMO Perinatal Research Network (PPRN) in the Netherlands: a population-based mother–child linked cohort
3 O’Kelly et al. Ability of fabric face mask materials to filter ultrafine particles at coughing velocity
4 Liu et al. Intravenous high-dose vitamin C for the treatment of severe COVID-19: study protocol for a multicentre randomised controlled trial
5 Raina MacIntyre et al. Contamination and washing of cloth masks and risk of infection among hospital health workers in Vietnam: a post hoc analysis of a randomised controlled trial
6 Gilbert et al. How accurate are digital symptom assessment apps for suggesting conditions and urgency advice? A clinical vignettes comparison to GPs
7 Paranjpe et al.
Self-reported health without clinically measurable benefits among adult users of multivitamin and multimineral supplements: a cross-sectional study
8 Nutt et al. So near yet so far: why won’t the UK prescribe medical cannabis?
9 Dost et al. Perceptions of medical students towards online teaching during the COVID-19 pandemic: a national cross-sectional survey of 2721 UK medical students
10 Dubé et al. Rotator cuff-related shoulder pain: does the type of exercise influence the outcomes? Protocol of a randomised controlled trial

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