Theodora Bloom and Navjoyt Ladher: Diversity in clinical research and scholarly publishing

It’s International Women’s Day, so we’re all being challenged to think about how far we’ve managed to eliminate gender biases in our work. What’s going on in sexism and diversity for academic research and scholarly publishing? At a rallying talk for editors of BMJ’s journals (Twitter #bmjeds) this morning, Pavel Ovseiko from Oxford’s Radcliffe Department […]

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Anya de Iongh: Are patients and carers healthcare’s untapped workforce?

On Wednesday 31 January, the dark and cold weather was a contrast to the warmth, passion, and dynamism of the contributions to The BMJ’s first Twitter chat of 2018. 800 plus tweets were sent from over 125 people on the topic of patients as partners in the workforce. The chat was stimulated by Tessa Richards’s BMJ […]

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Tessa Richards: Solidarity in a cold climate

Tromsø lies over 200 miles north of the Arctic circle and last week, after months of polar nights it celebrated its first glimpse of the sun; and hosted two international meetings. One on global health and cross national initiatives aimed at promoting solidarity on health. A second on how to foster environmentally and socially sustainable […]

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Anya de Iongh: Patients need to be activated, but so do clinicians and the system

It has been three and half years since The King’s Fund published a report on Patient Activation, and since then patient activation is increasingly on people’s radars. Patient activation is a model of an individual’s level of knowledge, confidence, and skills for managing their own health and healthcare, with highly activated patients taking responsibility and […]

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Annabel Ferriman: Doctors as polymaths—12 months of BMJ Confidential

The sheer breadth of doctors’ talents and abilities shone out from the pages of BMJ Confidential this year. We had doctors who were poets, masterchefs, novelists, comedians, actors and singers. One of the themes this year has been doctors “coming out.” Comedian and former junior doctor Adam Kay said that his mother cried when he […]

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