Top 10 most read in February: reducing burnout, patient data, technology appraisals and COVID-19

In our top 10 most read blog, we highlight the articles that have been most highly accessed by our readers each month.

We had several new entries to the list in February that span a broad range of topics; keep reading to find out more about some of these articles.

Improving wellbeing in healthcare workers

Cohen et al. carried out a systematic literature review to assess the impact of interventions designed to improve wellbeing and reduce burnout in nurses, physicians and allied healthcare professionals. The results indicated that interventions were of benefit to healthcare workers, with studies often using individually-focused relaxation techniques. However, authors highlighted that conclusions are impacted by limitations with the design of the included studies.

Patient data and the virtual care industry

In a qualitative study, Spithoff et al. carried out interviews with individuals associated with the virtual care industry in Canada that offers remote clinical services directly to patients. They aimed to assess how the industry collects, uses and values patient data. The authors found that companies highly value patient data and also seem to see these data as a source of revenue.

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Quality of data in technology appraisals

In a retrospective study, Osipenko et al. assessed the quality of data submitted by manufacturers of health technologies to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), the body that advises the health service in England and Wales on the clinical and cost-effectiveness of health technologies. They found that the quality of evidence was often poor and that the quality of submitted evidence does not seem to have improved over the past 20 years.

Long COVID and mental health

Zhang et al. explored whether long COVID is associated with increased risk of mental health disorders in a retrospective cohort study. Using a large US database of electronic health records, they found that long COVID was associated with mental health disorders, in particular, major depression and generalised anxiety disorder.

SARS-CoV-2 in body fluids associated with sexual activity

In a systematic review and meta-analysis, Calvet et al. searched the WHO COVID-19 database to determine whether RNA  severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) is detected in body fluids associated with sexual activity. They found that SARS-CoV-2 RNA had been detected in all body fluids associated with sexual activity and persisted up to 210 days, although detection in vaginal and semen secretions was very low.

The top ten most-read papers in BMJ Open during February 2024 are shown below:

*Most read figures are based on pdf downloads and full text views. Abstract views are excluded.

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Rank* Author(s) Title
1 Jung et al. Association between kimchi consumption and obesity based on BMI and abdominal obesity in Korean adults: a cross-sectional analysis of the Health Examinees study
2 Calvet et al. Viral shedding of SARS-CoV-2 in body fluids associated with sexual activity: a systematic review and meta-analysis
3 Kaldenbach et al. Energy drink consumption and sleep parameters in college and university students: a national cross-sectional study
4 Spithoff et al. How the commercial virtual care industry gathers, uses and values patient data: a Canadian qualitative study
5 Dusin et al. Evidence-based practice models and frameworks in the healthcare setting: a scoping review
6 Zhang et al. Association of Long COVID with mental health disorders: a retrospective cohort study using real-world data from the USA
7 Alami et al. Risk of myocarditis and pericarditis in mRNA COVID-19-vaccinated and unvaccinated populations: a systematic review and meta-analysis
8 Jalilian et al. Length of stay and economic sustainability of virtual ward care in a medium-sized hospital of the UK: a retrospective longitudinal study
9 Cohen et al. Workplace interventions to improve well-being and reduce burnout for nurses, physicians and allied healthcare professionals: a systematic review
10 Osipenko et al. Assessment of quality of data submitted for NICE technology appraisals over two decades

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