Category: Research

Top 10 most read BJGP research articles published in 2016

These are the top 10 most read research articles based on full text downloads from bjgp.org in 2016. 1. Overdiagnosis of asthma in children in primary care: a retrospective analysis.  http://bjgp.org/content/66/644/e152 Overdiagnosis of childhood asthma is common in primary care, leading to unnecessary treatment, disease burden, and impact on quality of life. However, only in a small percentage of children is a diagnosis of asthma confirmed by lung function tests. 2. Telephone triage systems in UK general practice: analysis of consultation duration during the index day in a pragmatic randomised controlled trial.  http://bjgp.org/content/66/644/e214 Telephone triage is not associated with a...

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Happy birthday to the NSPCR

The NIHR School for Primary Care research has celebrated its 10th anniversary. Shortly after the National Institute of Health Care Research was established in 2006, with the aim of supporting applied health research for patient benefit, one of the first research Schools to be established was the National School for Primary Care Research, in 2006. The School initially consisted of the five top-scoring University Department of general practice in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise: the composition of the School has changed over the intervening years, so that it now consists of the primary care departments from Bristol, Cambridge,...

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How research is helping with GP wellbeing and informing performance at Feel It Festival

GPs work back-breaking hours, often in isolation. They make hundreds of decisions every day, sometimes without time to eat, drink or breathe. The fear of making a mistake or receiving a complaint is ever present.  GPs feel constantly under threat, overly scrutinised, under pressure, disillusioned, demoralised by the battering they receive at the hands of the press. Many GPs love their jobs, yet find themselves crumbling in the face of ever increasing workloads, a constantly changing system which seems almost designed to trip them up, and the pressure of running a small business with ever decreasing funds. I am...

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Altmetrics at the BJGP: a beginner’s guide

Unsure about altmetrics? Check out this video, less than three minutes long, that will give you an introduction. We’ve been using altmetrics at the BJGP for a while now. You can see them for each individual article by clicking on the ‘Info’ tab (as shown below). At the bottom of the Info tab is the altmetric information where the wider impact, beyond that of simple citations, of the article is represented in graphical form. For instance, here is the ‘donut’ for the article shown and you can click on it to visit its own Altmetric...

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Qualitative research and the BJGP

Kath Checkland (@khcheck) is a GP and a Professor at the University of Manchester. She is a passionate advocate of the value of qualitative research, and is a member of the BJGP editorial board. On Saturday, the British Medical Journal published an open letter, signed by 75 senior academics (of which I was one), calling for the journal to rethink its current stance on the publication of qualitative research. The letter was prompted by the publication on Twitter of an extract from a rejection letter stating: ‘I am sorry to say that qualitative studies are an extremely low priority for The BMJ. Our research shows that they are not as widely accessed, downloaded, or cited as other research.’ This stance represents a change in policy for the BMJ. Not only has the journal published some important and influential qualitative papers (for example see Gabbay et al 2004), but it was also at the forefront of promoting the use of qualitative methods in health research, publishing a number of highly-regarded series of ‘education and debate’ papers exploring the value of qualitative methods and providing a superb introduction to a variety of methods for the novice researcher (Pope and Mays 1995, Pope et al 2000, Pope and Mays 2009). In what would seem to represent a significant change in policy, an editorial accompanying the letter argues that: ‘qualitative studies are usually...

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