Effect of different financial competing interest statements on readers’ perceptions of clinical educational articles: a randomised controlled trial

Our RCT on the effect of various COI statements on readers’ confidence in educational articles has just been published in BMJ Open. Conclusion:

“Doctors’ confidence in educational articles was not influenced by the COI statements. Further work is required to determine if doctors do not perceive these COIs as important in educational articles or if they do not pay attention to these statements. More meaningful COI disclosure practices may be needed, which highlight context-specific potential sources of bias to readers.”

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The new vet careers hub, My Vet Future, has now gone live

The new vet careers hub, My Vet Future, has now gone live and will be launching officially at the London Vet Show.

myvetfuture.com sits within the Vet Record Careers site and includes editorial content and resources from Vet Record and BVA, as well as contributions from affiliated groups such as the British Vet Nurses Association, the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and the Veterinary Schools Council. Content includes careers advice for school students and veterinary undergraduates, extramural studies opportunities, and career development guidance for veterinary professionals at all stages of their careers. The site is built around eight personas, with content targeted by user type.

Patient partnership at The BMJ: Walking the talk

BMJ Open has just published our study looking at the proportion of studies reporting patient and public involvement (PPI) before and after The BMJ‘s mandatory requirement to do this for all research articles: http://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/8/3/e020452

Adrian Aldcroft,  Editor of BMJ Open, has published a blog on it here:

The future of global research: A case study on the use of scenario planning in the publishing industry

Picture this: it’s 2037, machines have taken over many roles previously performed by humans. Research is conducted in cloud labs and is mainly an automated process. Where data doesn’t provide an immediate answer, computers generate new hypotheses and interrogate vast databases. Human researchers and engineers correct data and software errors, and judge the morality of research programs.

Read our newly published article: The future of global research – a case study on the use of scenario planning in the publishing industry, reveals the thinking behind our scenarios


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