Lessons from remote antenatal care during the COVID-19 pandemic: how can we ensure equitable, safe, and patient-centred care?

Antenatal care is essential to supporting a healthy pregnancy. Traditionally, face-to-face consultations allowed for regular assessment and monitoring of the pregnancy, and represented an opportunity to support, reassure, and address concerns about pregnancy, labour, and birth. The onset of COVID-19 brought an abrupt shift to remote care as the primary means to continue providing antenatal […]

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Top 10 Article of 2021, Part 2

In this post, we’re offering summaries and comments on articles #1-5 from BMJ Quality & Safety’s Top 10 Articles of 2021. To check out the full list of our 21 finalists, click here. To read more about articles #6-10 in our Top 10 list, click here. The editors and the Editorial Board used data such […]

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Top 10 Articles of 2021, Part 1

In this post, we’re offering summaries and comments on articles from BMJ Quality & Safety’s Top 10 Articles of 2021. To check out the full list of our 21 finalists, click here. The editors and the Editorial Board used data such as citation rates and social media engagement in addition to their own judgement to […]

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Introducing the Top Articles of 2021

While choosing the top articles published in BMJ Quality and Safety is a challenge every year, 2021 saw a higher number of submissions than those seen prior to 2020. Nearly one in five submissions related to COVID-19. The editors and editorial board of the journal therefore had some difficult choices to make in selecting the […]

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Rapid Improvements in Medication Safety with Bedside Learning Coordinators in the Nightingale Learning System

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Health Service (NHS) in England rapidly created the NHS Nightingale Hospital London (‘the Nightingale’) – a field hospital providing additional clinical capacity to support the NHS. This unique clinical environment presented both familiar and new, complex challenges in ensuring safe use of medicines. As part of the creation of […]

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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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