UK Foundation Programme Office (UKFPO) changes: a step in the right direction?
We thank Thakker et al1 for their insights into the recent announcement of changes to the UK Foundation Programme Office (UKFPO) application process. As medical students now entering our fifth year of study, we are concerned that the changes to the application process have been established without adequate input from the medical student community, yet we appreciate attempts to reduce pre-existing inequalities in medical education. We offer our opinions on the proposed changes and the effects that these will have on current and future students. We agree that the proposed changes serve an injustice to those students who have...
Source: Postgraduate Medical Journal - November 22, 2022 Category: General Medicine Authors: Seager, E. G. L., Chowdhury, F., Stephenson, J., Asiedu, F. Tags: Letter Source Type: research

Ethics briefing
British Medical Association launches new report on emerging threats to global health-related rights On 7 April 2022 – coinciding with World Health Day – the British Medical Association (BMA) launched its new report, Health and human rights in the new world (dis)order.1 Written during the global upheaval triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic, and published just weeks after the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the report responds to a range of emerging and intensifying threats to health-related human rights globally. As the report establishes, human rights in health and healthcare matter because human suffering, and its...
Source: Journal of Medical Ethics - May 23, 2022 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Davies, M., Brannan, S., English, V., Harrison, C. A., Reidinger, C., Sheather, J. C. Tags: Ethics briefing Source Type: research

The Ethical Unjustifications of COVID-19 Triage Committees
AbstractThe ever-debated question of triage and allocating the life-saving ventilator during the COVID-19 pandemic has been repeatedly raised and challenged within the ethical community after shortages propelled doctors before life and death decisions (Anderson-Shaw and Zar2020; Huxtable2020; Jongepier 2020; Peterson, Largent, and Karlawish2020). The British Medical Association ’s ethical guidance highlighted the possibility of an initial surge of patients that would outstrip the health system’s ability to deliver care “to existing standards,” where utilitarian measures have to be applied, and triage decisions need...
Source: Journal of Bioethical Inquiry - December 29, 2021 Category: Medical Ethics Source Type: research

'Growth of a movement: 30 years on
With this issue, Tobacco Control enters its fourth decade of publication, and the next issue will celebrate the journal’s first 30 years with a special collection of papers assessing the state of global tobacco control and the prospects for the future. But before moving ahead, it is sometimes useful to cast a look back. So I took a look at the very first 1992 issue of the journal, still available here: https://tobaccocontrol.bmj.com/content/1/1 Founding editor Ron Davis, who died age 52 years in 2008, editorialised in that first issue about ‘the slow growth of a movement’ seeking to address the world&rsqu...
Source: Tobacco Control - December 19, 2021 Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: Malone, R. E. Tags: Editorial Source Type: research

Mental health and wellbeing among Iranian medical students: a descriptive study
This study aimed at describing the mental wellbeing and levels of burnout of Iranian medical students. A total of 179 medical students from 19 different cities participated voluntarily in the survey by answering an online questionnaire between April and August 2020. We detected a trend toward higher prevalence of psychiatric disorders (namely depressive disorders) and substance misuse when compared to previous national studies.RESULTS: About 6% of students screened positive for alcohol problems with the CAGE questionnaire. About 77% of medical students screened positive for mental health problems with the GHQ12 questionnai...
Source: The International Journal of Social Psychiatry - September 23, 2021 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Agaah Ashrafi Murtaza Kadhum Andrew Molodynski Dinesh Bhugra Source Type: research

Mental health and wellbeing among Iranian medical students: a descriptive study
This study aimed at describing the mental wellbeing and levels of burnout of Iranian medical students. A total of 179 medical students from 19 different cities participated voluntarily in the survey by answering an online questionnaire between April and August 2020. We detected a trend toward higher prevalence of psychiatric disorders (namely depressive disorders) and substance misuse when compared to previous national studies.RESULTS: About 6% of students screened positive for alcohol problems with the CAGE questionnaire. About 77% of medical students screened positive for mental health problems with the GHQ12 questionnai...
Source: The International Journal of Social Psychiatry - September 23, 2021 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Agaah Ashrafi Murtaza Kadhum Andrew Molodynski Dinesh Bhugra Source Type: research

BMA recommends labelling medicines with their carbon footprint to cut emissions
All medicines should be labelled to identify their carbon footprint, the British Medical Association ’s GP committee has said. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - October 20, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Laser thermal therapy for epilepsy surgery: current standing and future perspectives.
Authors: Zemmar A, Nelson BJ, Neimat JS Abstract More than 130-year ago, Sir Victor Horsley delivered a landmark address to the British Medical Association, in which he described successful localization and resection of an epileptogenic focus resulting in seizure freedom for the patient. Several important steps in epilepsy surgery have been achieved since, including resection techniques such as anterior temporal lobectomy and selective amygdalohippocampectomy, both resulting in 70-80% seizure freedom and distinct differences in neuropsychological outcomes. The most recent addition to techniques for epileps...
Source: International Journal of Hyperthermia - July 17, 2020 Category: Internal Medicine Tags: Int J Hyperthermia Source Type: research

Dental presenting complaints in simulated GP consultations for undergraduate medical students
Background: The number of patients presenting with dental problems to General Practitioners (GP) is increasing, with a typical practice expecting to see 30 –48 patients for dental advice a year and antibiotics being prescribed in 57.1% of these consultations. British Medical Association guidance states that the treatment of dental problems is not the responsibility of GPs and signposting to a dentist should be carried out. (Source: The British Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery)
Source: The British Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery - November 30, 2019 Category: ENT & OMF Authors: Nazia Din, Russell Hearn Tags: P126 Source Type: research

Eight in ten GP practices unfit for 'future needs', British Medical Association warns
Nearly eight in ten GP practices are not fit for future needs such as accommodating larger teams of healthcare professionals including pharmacists, the British Medical Association has warned. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - February 20, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

The psychopathology of NMDAR-antibody encephalitis in adults: a systematic review and phenotypic analysis of individual patient data
Publication date: Available online 11 February 2019Source: The Lancet PsychiatryAuthor(s): Adam Al-Diwani, Adam Handel, Leigh Townsend, Thomas Pollak, M Isabel Leite, Paul J Harrison, Belinda R Lennox, David Okai, Sanjay G Manohar, Sarosh R IraniSummaryBackgroundEarly immunotherapy administration improves outcomes in patients with N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor (NMDAR)-antibody encephalitis. As most patients with NMDAR-antibody encephalitis present to psychiatrists, the psychopathology of NMDAR-antibody encephalitis needs to be clearly defined to encourage accurate clinical identification and prompt treatment.MethodsFor thi...
Source: The Lancet Psychiatry - February 12, 2019 Category: Psychiatry Source Type: research

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Launched in 2004, the National Health Service Quality and Outcomes Framework is one of the world’s longest-running and most extensive pay-for-performance reimbursement mechanisms. As part of the 2017–18 contract negotiations with the General Practitioners Committee of the British Medical Association, a review was agreed upon and included in a report titled Next Steps on the NHS Five Year Forward View.         (Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Publications)
Source: The Commonwealth Fund: Publications - January 5, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research

Interview: Professor Dinesh Bhugra - President, British Medical Association.
PMID: 30361309 [PubMed - in process] (Source: The British Journal of General Practice)
Source: The British Journal of General Practice - October 28, 2018 Category: Primary Care Authors: Jones R Tags: Br J Gen Pract Source Type: research

BMA warns of 'catastrophic' effect on health of no-deal Brexit
A no-deal Brexit could be a “catastrophe” for NHS services and workforce, patients and the health of the nation, the British Medical Association has warned. (Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: The Pharmaceutical Journal - August 16, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

[Editorial] Solitary confinement of children and young people
Last week, in a joint statement, the British Medical Association (BMA), the Royal College of Psychiatrists, and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health called for an end to the solitary confinement of children and young people held in UK detention facilities. According to a survey from the HM Inspectorate of Prisons, 38% of boys detained in the UK have spent time in solitary confinement, physically and socially isolated from others, with almost no purposeful interaction or environmental stimuli, for periods that can stretch for up to 80 days. (Source: LANCET)
Source: LANCET - April 27, 2018 Category: General Medicine Authors: The Lancet Tags: Editorial Source Type: research