Top 10 most read in October: myalgic encephalomyelitis and chronic fatigue syndrome in pregnancy

October saw only one new entry make it into the top ten most read list, while last months number two claimed the top spot.

New entry: 
Identifying, synthesising and appraising existing evidence relating to myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome and pregnancy: a mixed-methods systematic review
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In this systematic review, Slack and colleagues identified and examined the quality of evidence from a wide range of sources relating to ME/CFS and pregnancy. Up until now, there had been no quality-assessed, systematic summary evidence of the potential risks to pregnancy associated with ME/CFS. Qualitative, quantitative, and mixed-methods studies from both published and grey literature sources were assessed, and literature which reported on the risk/experiences of pregnancy outcomes during pregnancy for mother, partner or health and social care professionals in cases of confirmed ME/CFS diagnosis prior to pregnancy, were all included in the analysis. From their analysis, Slack et al highlighted that there is a lack of quality evidence focusing on ME/CFS and pregnancy, and therefore no evidence-based guidelines available for management of ME/CFS in pregnancy. Where evidence was available, it demonstrated the importance of both individualised care, and for healthcare professionals learning about ME/CFS in relation to family planning and pregnancy.

New most read:
Risk of myocarditis and pericarditis in mRNA COVID-19-vaccinated and unvaccinated populations: a systematic review and meta-analysis

This was a new entry in September, entering the top ten at number two, but has reached the top spot this month. The findings were summarised in last months blog – check it out! 

Below are the top ten most-read papers in BMJ Open during October 2023:

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Rank* Author(s) Title
1 Alami et al. Risk of myocarditis and pericarditis in mRNA COVID-19-vaccinated and unvaccinated populations: a systematic review and meta-analysis
2 van Dijk et al. Artificial intelligence in systematic reviews: promising when appropriately used
3 Wang et al. Global, regional and national burden of inflammatory bowel disease in 204 countries and territories from 1990 to 2019: a systematic analysis based on the Global Burden of Disease Study 2019
4 Walker et al. Impact of fatigue as the primary determinant of functional limitations among patients with post-COVID-19 syndrome: a cross-sectional observational study
5 Ferreira et al. Career intentions of medical students in the UK: a national, cross-sectional study (AIMS study)
6 Pigott et al. What are the treatment remission, response and extent of improvement rates after up to four trials of antidepressant therapies in real-world depressed patients? A reanalysis of the STAR*D studys patient-level data with fidelity to the original research proH Edmund
7 Li et al. Trends in body mass index, overweight and obesity among adults in the USA, the NHANES from 2003 to 2018: a repeat cross-sectional survey
8 Mamun et al. Adverse childhood experiences, the risk of pregnancy complications and adverse pregnancy outcomes: a systematic review and meta-analysis
9 Slack et al. Identifying, synthesising and appraising existing evidence relating to myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome and pregnancy: a mixed-methods systematic review
10 Keedle et al. What women want if they were to have another baby: the Australian Birth Experience Study (BESt) cross-sectional national survey

 

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