Introducing the Top Research Articles of 2023

Choosing the top articles published in BMJ Quality and Safety is always both a joy and a challenge, and 2023 was no exception. We saw ­­­­­­­a high number of submissions, with a broad range of topics and study designs. As ever, our editors and editorial board had some difficult choices to make in selecting the […]

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‘What does a good birth look like for you?’ Reimagining our consent in obstetrics

A simple question that embodies person-centered care is “what matters to you”, as opposed to “what’s the matter.”1 The origins of this concept were introduced in the Institute of Medicine’s Crossing the Quality Chasm publication in 20012, which defined patient-centered care as “providing care that is respectful of, and responsive to, individual patient preferences, needs […]

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Informed consent for Orthopaedic surgeons in the time of COVID-19: Addressing ‘the elephant in the room’

In common with other countries, elective procedures have been largely suspended in the National Health Service (NHS) in the UK in response to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. In the area of orthopaedics, nationally prioritised urgent and emergency surgical procedures have continued,1 but reduced theatre capacity, staff re-allocation and, most importantly, the increased risk […]

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