Complete and transparent reporting of randomized controlled trials is integral for replication, critical appraisal and understanding context. Published today in Trials, a new extension of the CONSORT Statement aims to improve the reporting of randomized controlled trials of social and psychological interventions. Here, co-authors Paul Montgomery, Evan Mayo-Wilson and Sean Grant discuss what these guidelines could mean for the field.
Whereas ethical analyses of disorders of consciousness traditionally focus on residual awareness, there may be a case to be made for the ethical relevance of the retained unawareness. Michele Farisco reviews the ethical implications of the description of the unconscious provided by recent scientific research.
Medications which help patients to avoid emergency hospital admissions are of high value in patient care. A new study published in BMC Medicine, which looked at 140 systematic reviews, identifies eleven such medications and although many are already prescribed in routine clinical practice, significant variation in their use means that there is room for improvement.
The incidence and severity of burns worldwide is a major public health crisis. Establishing nationwide multicenter burn databases in developing countries like China will be crucial to understanding the epidemiology of burns. By using data from a burn database covering 8 Chinese hospitals, a recent study published in Burns & Trauma is the first multicenter study to describe the epidemiologic and clinical characteristics of severe burn patients in China.
Research has proven the benefits of vaccinating girls against HPV prior to sexual debut. But could the vaccine also benefit boys? The authors of a new article published in BMC Medicine conducted a systematic review to find out. Their results have caused reverberations in the medical community, already prompting one major European country to update its vaccination recommendations.
James Giordano and John Shook discuss and explain the concept of cosmopolitan neuroethics: what it is, how we can apply it, and why it’s becoming increasingly important in our globalized world.
The overuse of antibiotics has led to antimicrobial resistant bacteria that threaten the lives of hundreds of millions. In the search for alternative ways to fight bacteria, a recent study published in Burns & Trauma turns to a composite of the world’s strongest known material, graphene, and finds graphene oxide-quaternary ammonium nanocomposite a promising antimicrobial agent for infected wound management and antibacterial wound dressing.
BMC Medicine joined Digestive Disease Week 2018, the largest GI conference worldwide, held last June in Washington DC. Here we look at some of the highlights from the meeting.
Research has played a major role in the history of the NHS over the last 70 years: through development and evaluation, to research aimed at improving patient experience and the quality, accessibility and organization of health and social care services. In this blog Matt Westmore from the NIHR discusses one element of how the research community ensures that what it does adds value to the NHS: study registration in publicly available registries.