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  • UK and international: Should universities offer part time undergraduate degrees in medicine?
    Yes: 188 (39%)
    No: 295 (61%)
    Total votes cast: 483
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  • US: Should US aid include abortion services for women raped in war zones?
    Yes: 52 (90%)
    No: 6 (10%)
    Total votes cast: 58
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  • India: Should patients with Ebola have the chance to try experimental drugs?
    Yes: 335 (94%)
    No: 21 (6%)
    Total votes cast: 356
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  • UK: Should GPs prescribe statins for primary prevention of cardiovascular disease?
    Yes: 55 (47%)
    No: 62 (53%)
    Total votes cast: 117
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  • US: Should execution on death row by lethal injection be abolished?
    Yes: 26 (62%)
    No: 16 (38%)
    Total votes cast: 117
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  • UK and international: Should boys be vaccinated against HPV as well as girls?
    Yes: 275 (86%)
    No: 35 (14%)
    Total votes cast: 321
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  • India: Can India build an extra 5.2m toilets by the end of August 2014?
    Yes: 6 (37%)
    No: 8 (53%)
    Total votes cast: 14
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  • UK:Should all UK emergency departments include GP staff?
    Yes: 221 (78%)
    No: 63 (22%)
    Total votes cast: 152
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  • US and International: Is pre-diabetes overdiagnosis?
    Yes: 89 (59%)
    No: 63 (41%)
    Total votes cast: 231
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  • UK: Should doctors be required to record financial conflicts of interest on the GMC register?
    Yes: 164 (71%)
    No: 67 (29%)
    Total votes cast: 231
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  • US and International: Should research fraud be a crime? Yes: 168 (89%)
    No: 21 (11%)
    Total votes cast: 189
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  • India: Have you received kickbacks for referrals in your practice? Yes: 9 (16%)
    No: 49 (85%)
    Total votes cast: 58
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  • Should GPs take on a greater role in safeguarding children?
    Yes: 78 (49.68%)
    No: 79 (50.32%)
    Total votes cast: 157
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  • Could you easily halve sugar intake to 5% of your daily calories?
    Yes: 258 (54%)
    No: 216 (46%)
    Total votes cast: 474
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  • Will a website that allows patients to view the performance of individual hospitals improve patient safety?
    Yes: 292 (49%)
    No: 303 (51%)
    Total votes cast: 595
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  • Should e-cigarettes be more tightly regulated?
    Yes: 143 (70%)
    No: 76 (30%)
    Total votes cast: 237
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  • Is evidence based medicine broken?
    Yes: 346 (51%)
    No: 336 (49%)
    Total votes cast: 682
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  • Should alcohol companies be banned from sponsoring international sporting tournaments?
    Yes: 702 (73%)
    No: 264 (27%)
    Total votes cast: 966
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  • Will ultrasound scanners replace the stethoscope?
    Yes: 228 (30%)
    No: 544 (70%)
    Total votes cast: 772
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  • US: Can regulatory approaches to cannabis use reduce health and social harms more effectively than prohibition?
    Yes: 413 (71%)
    No: 172 (29%)
    Total votes cast: 584
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  • Should smokers be advised to cut down as well as quit?
    Yes 843 (89%)
    No 102 (11%)
    Total votes cast: 945
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  • US: Is there such a thing as humane capital punishment?
    Yes: 134 (48%)
    No: 147 (52%)
    Total votes cast: 281
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  • Should the NHS in England fund abortions for women from Northern Ireland?
    Yes 549 (63%)
    No 322 (37%)
    Total votes cast: 871
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  • Is there such a thing as humane capital punishment?
    Yes 256 (30%)
    No 588 (70%)
    Total votes cast: 844
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  • India: Do more doctors need to join politics to improve healthcare in India?
    Yes 133 (76%)
    No 41 (24%)
    Total votes cast: 174
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  • Should women athletes with naturally high testosterone levels be banned from competing unless they have surgical or pharmaceutical interventions to lower them?
    Yes 150 (21%)
    No 588 (79%)
    Total votes cast: 708
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  • US: Should doctors be taught to consider treatment costs of part of their medical training?
    Yes 201 (81%)
    No 47 (19%)
    Total votes cast: 248
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  • Should doctors be taught to consider treatment costs of part of their medical training?
    Yes 921 (79%)
    No 240 (21%)
    Total votes cast: 1161
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  • Have the online health insurance exchanges been a success?
    Yes 144 (50%)
    No 144 (50%)
    Total votes cast: 288
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  • Should people be paid to live healthier lives?
    Yes 385 (23%)
    No 1256 (77%)
    Total votes cast: 1641
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  • Is India doing enough to address post-polio syndrome?
    Yes 16 (42%)
    No 22 (58%)
    Total votes cast: 38
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  • Should medical students be taught alternative medicine?
    Yes 636 (47%)
    No 727 (53%)
    Total votes cast: 1363
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  • India: Which party would most improve healthcare in India?
    Indian National Congress 55 (11%)
    Bharatiya Janata Party 193 (39%)
    Aam Aadmi Party 117 (24%)
    None of the above 128 (26%)
    Total votes cast: 493
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  • US: Should patients have the right to record consultations?
    Yes 299 (79%)
    No 81 (21%)
    Total votes cast: 380
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  • Has cognitive behavioural therapy for psychosis been oversold?
    Yes 412 (49%)
    No 434 (51%)
    Total votes cast: 846
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  • Is GSK's move to employ doctors as medical educators more transparent than paying external speakers?
    Yes 225 (53%)
    No 198 (47%)
    Total votes cast: 423
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  • Should patients have the right to record consultations?
    Yes: 645 (62%)
    No: 391 (38%)
    Total votes cast: 1036
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  • US: Is there room for spirituality in the consulting room?
    Yes: 68 (64%)
    No 38 (36%)
    Total votes cast: 106
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  • Should statins be extended to people at low risk of cardiovascular disease?
    Yes: 229 (23%)
    No: 757 (77%)
    Total votes cast: 986
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  • Should medical journals publish sponsored content?
    Yes 244 (32%)
    No 521 (68%)
    Total votes cast: 765
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  • India: Should homeopaths be allowed to practise allopathic medicine?
    Yes: 21 (8%)
    No: 242 (92%)
    Total votes cast: 263
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  • Should consultations in primary care be held standing up?
    Yes: 131 (18%)
    No: 586 (82%)
    Total votes cast: 717
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  • US: How can we prevent mobile phone use while driving?
    Educate people about the dangers: 92 (22%)
    Public service announcements: 18 (4%)
    Increase legislation: 80 (20%)
    Use technology to block mobile phone use while driving: 221 (54%)
    Total votes cast: 411
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  • Do national databases of patient information threaten privacy?
    Yes: 473 (61%)
    No: 297 (39%)
    Total votes cast: 770
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  • Have you witnessed institutional racism in your hospital or practice?
    Yes: 309 (43%)
    No: 409 (57%)
    Total votes cast: 718
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  • US: Would you be comfortable declaring your competing interests on a central database?
    Yes: 83 (80%)
    No: 21 (20%)
    Total votes cast: 104
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  • India: Should medical school graduates in India have to spend a year in a rural post before they can start postgraduate training?
    Yes: 133 (54%)
    No: 115 (46%)
    Total votes cast: 248
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  • Are we overusing IVF?
    Yes: 326 (61%)
    No:207 (39%)
    Total votes cast: 533
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  • Would you be comfortable declaring your competing interests on a central database?
    Yes: 417 (81%)
    No:98 (19%)
    Total votes cast: 515
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  • US: Should employers be given exemptions from employee contraception coverage?
    Yes: 303 (58%)
    No: 223 (42%)
    Total votes cast: 526
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  • Should medical journals stop publishing research funded by the drug industry?
    Yes: 786 (55%)
    No: 631 (45%)
    Total votes cast: 1417
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  • India: Should the Indian government fund fertility treatment for specific minority groups when so many people lack basic healthcare?
    Yes: 33 (25%)
    No: 101 (75%)
    Total votes cast: 134
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  • Would minimum unit pricing for alcohol save lives?
    Yes: 612 (45%)
    No: 738 (55%)
    Total votes cast: 1350
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  • Should other places follow New York's lead and ban e-cigarettes from public places?
    Yes: 592 (16%)
    No: 3070 (84%)
    Total votes cast: 3662
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Polls in 2013

  • Which chocolates have a longer survival time in your practice or on your ward?
    Quality Streets: 381 (49%)
    Roses: 262 (30%)
    Other: 228 (26%)
    Total votes cast: 871
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  • India: Which chocolates have a longer survival time in your practice or on your ward?
    Dairy Milk: 29 (46%)
    5 Star: 20 (32%)
    Other: 14 (22%)
    Total votes cast: 63
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  • US: Which chocolates have a longer survival time in your practice or on your ward?
    Hershey's Kisses: 55 (27%)
    Candy: 73 (36%)
    Other: 73 (36%)
    Total votes cast: 201
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  • Should scientific fraud be a criminal offence?
    Yes: 926 (83%)
    No: 186 (17%)
    Total votes cast: 1112
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  • US: Should scientific fraud be a criminal offence?
    Yes: 189 (84%)
    No: 35 (16%)
    Total votes cast: 224
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  • India: Will the new BSc in community health improve medical care in rural India?
    Yes: 49 (45%)
    No: 61 (55%)
    Total votes cast: 110
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  • Should hospital grounds be completely smoke free?
    Yes: 1176 (81%)
    No: 274 (19%)
    Total votes cast: 1450
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  • US: Will the recent cholesterol guidelines result in the huge overprescribing of statins?
    Yes: 285 (81%)
    No: 67 (19%)
    Total votes cast: 352
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  • India: Should India change to a daily drug regimen for tuberculosis?
    Yes: 131 (82%)
    No: 28 (18%)
    Total votes cast: 159
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  • Should employers help employees to assess their alcohol use?
    Yes: 303 (49.92%)
    No: 304 (50.08%)
    Total votes cast: 607
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  • Will making wilful neglect a criminal offence improve patient care?
    Yes: 299 (35%)
    No: 552 (65%)
    Total votes cast: 851
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  • US: Is the US requirement to deposit trial data within a year workable?
    Yes: 53 (57%)
    No: 40 (47%)
    Total votes cast: 93
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  • India: Is India's soft drinks industry sufficiently regulated?
    Yes: 7 (5%)
    No: 125 (95%)
    Total votes cast: 132
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  • Should trans fats be banned?
    Yes: 670 (81%)
    No: 153 (19%)
    Total votes cast: 823
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  • Should athletes be allowed to use performance enhancing drugs?
    Yes: 172 (15%)
    No: 955 (85%)
    Total votes cast: 1127
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  • Should patients with psychosis be paid to adhere to maintenance treatment?
    Yes: 175 (24%)
    No: 541 (76%)
    Total votes cast: 716
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  • US: Can New York City continue to be a global leader in public health under a new mayor?
    Yes: 83 (47%)
    No: 94 (53%)
    Total votes cast: 177
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  • India: Should patients in India be routinely tested for HIV?
    Yes: 64 (60%)
    No: 42 (40%)
    Total votes cast: 106
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  • Have you witnessed or experienced sexual harassment by a colleague?
    Yes: 292 (30%)
    No: 669 (70%)
    Total votes cast: 961
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  • US: Will the Choosing Wisely initiative reduce overtreatment?
    Yes: 44 (59%)
    No: 31 (41%)
    Total votes cast: 75
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  • Should GP surgeries have longer opening hours?
    Yes: 696 (65%)
    No: 376 (35%)
    Total votes cast: 1072
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  • India: Can India eliminate rabies by mass vaccination of stray dogs?
    Yes: 65 (48%)
    No: 70 (52%)
    Total votes cast: 135
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  • Should e-cigarettes be regulated as medicines?
    Yes: 416 (22%)
    No: 1441 (78%)
    Total votes cast: 1857
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  • Should we bring in universal mental health checks in schools?
    Yes: 427 (53%)
    No: 375 (47%)
    Total votes cast: 802
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  • India: Should India roll out HPV vaccination nationally?
    Yes: 68 (63%)
    No: 39 (37%)
    Total votes cast: 107
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  • US: Should it be compulsory for healthcare workers to be vaccinated against flu?
    Yes: 297 (63%)
    No: 172 (37%)
    Total votes cast: 469
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  • Should hospitals offer all patients single rooms?
    Yes: 456 (43%)
    No: 604 (57%)
    Total votes cast: 1060
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  • Should it be compulsory for healthcare workers to be vaccinated against flu?
    Yes: 515 (49%)
    No: 526 (51%)
    Total votes cast: 1041
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  • Would older people benefit from having a named general practitioner?
    Yes: 625 (87%)
    No: 96 (13%)
    Total votes cast: 721
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  • US: Should the FDA regulate mobile medical apps?
    Yes: 67 (45%)
    No: 83 (55%)
    Total votes cast: 150
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  • India: Do anti-tobacco messages in films and broadcasts deter would-be tobacco users?
    Yes: 32 (45%)
    No: 39 (55%)
    Total votes cast: 71
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  • Do risks outweigh benefits in thrombolysis for stroke?
    Yes: 329 (54%)
    No: 283 (46%)
    Total votes cast: 612
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  • Would learning to code be a good use of doctors' time?
    Yes: 374 (39%)
    No: 597 (61%)
    Total votes cast: 971
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  • US: Is learning to code a good use of doctors' time?
    Yes: 60 (41%)
    No: 86 (59%)
    Total votes cast: 146
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  • India: Would learning to code be a good use of doctors' time?
    Yes: 18 (53%)
    No: 16 (47%)
    Total votes cast: 34
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  • US: Should low risk lesions not be called cancer?
    Yes: 47 (47%)
    No: 54 (53%)
    Total votes cast: 101
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  • India: Is bariatric surgery the answer to India's growing obesity and diabetes problems?
    Yes: 21 (12.5%)
    No: 147 (87.5%)
    Total votes cast: 168
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  • Does the wording of consent forms deter patients from signing up for clinical trials?
    Yes: 210 (73%)
    No: 78 (27%)
    Total votes cast: 288
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  • Do you find patient information leaflets a useful resource in your day to day clinical practice?
    Yes: 324 (70%)
    No: 140 (30%)
    Total votes cast: 464
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  • US: Should payment models for US physicians be driven by outcomes?
    Yes: 94 (49%)
    No: 99 (51%)
    Total votes cast: 531
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  • Should Europe have a universal hepatitis B vaccination programme?
    Yes: 439 (83%)
    No: 92 (17%)
    Total votes cast: 531
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  • Is the UK government right to scrap the Liverpool Care Pathway?
    Yes: 165 (23%)
    No: 538 (77%)
    Total votes cast: 703
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  • India: Is the UK government right to scrap the Liverpool Care Pathway?
    Yes: 2 (50%)
    No: 2 (50%)
    Total votes cast: 4
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  • Does adding routine antibiotics to animal feed pose a serious risk to human health?
    Yes: 589 (90%)
    No: 65 (10%)
    Total votes cast: 654
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  • US: Does adding routine antibiotics to animal feed pose a serious risk to human health?
    Yes: 105 (95%)
    No: 6 (5%)
    Total votes cast: 111
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  • India: Does adding routine antibiotics to animal feed pose a serious risk to human health?
    Yes: 31 (100%)
    No: 0 (0%)
    Total votes cast: 31
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  • Are clinical trial data shared sufficiently today?
    Yes: 44 (9%)
    No: 429 (91%)
    Total votes cast: 473
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  • US: Are clinical trial data shared sufficiently today?
    Yes: 7 (12%)
    No: 50 (88%)
    Total votes cast: 57
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  • India: Are clinical trial data shared sufficiently today?
    Yes: 1 (8%)
    No: 12 (92%)
    Total votes cast: 13
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  • Are hospitals justified in refusing to hire smokers?
    Yes: 436 (46%)
    No: 515 (54%)
    Total votes cast: 951
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  • US: Are hospitals justified in refusing to hire smokers?
    Yes: 59 (44%)
    No: 74 (56%)
    Total votes cast: 133
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  • India: Are hospitals justified in refusing to hire smokers?
    Yes: 24 (77%)
    No: 7 (23%)
    Total votes cast: 31
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  • Should patients with dementia who wander be electronically tagged
    Yes: 574 (76%)
    No: 178 (24%)
    Total votes cast: 752
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  • US: Should electronic cigarettes be as freely available as tobacco cigarettes?
    Yes: 618 (90%)
    No: 69 (10%)
    Total votes cast: 687
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  • India: Should electronic cigarettes be as freely available as tobacco cigarettes?
    Yes: 37 (69%)
    No: 17 (31%)
    Total votes cast: 54
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  • Should electronic cigarettes be as freely available as tobacco cigarettes?
    Yes: 1716 (86%)
    No: 282 (14%)
    Total votes cast: 1998
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  • Will access to individual surgeon's performance data improve patient care?
    Yes: 313 (49%)
    No: 329 (51%)
    Total votes cast: 642
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  • US: Do calorie counts on restaurant menus influence your food choices?
    Yes: 232 (71%)
    No: 95 (29%)
    Total votes cast: 327
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  • India: Should medical abortion be easier for Indian women to access?
    Yes: 57 (77%)
    No: 17 (23%)
    Total votes cast: 74
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  • Is clinical examination dead?
    Yes: 127 (16%)
    No: 680 (84%)
    Total votes cast: 807
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  • India: Should sportspeople be allowed to promote alcohol brands on their sports kit?
    Yes: 8 (10%)
    No: 74 (90%)
    Total votes cast: 82
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  • US: Have the benefits of influenza vaccines been oversold?
    Yes: 128 (67%)
    No: 63 (33%)
    Total votes cast: 191
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  • Should we sequence everyone's genome?
    Yes: 331 (30%)
    No: 781 (70%)
    Total votes cast: 1112
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  • Should governments introduce plain packets for cigarettes?
    Yes: 717 (72%)
    No: 285 (28%)
    Total votes cast: 1002
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  • India: Is it ethical for doctors to take gifts from drug companies?
    Yes: 49 (25%)
    No: 147 (75%)
    Total votes cast: 196
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  • US: Should governments introduce plain packets for cigarettes?
    Yes: 68 (54%)
    No: 59 (46%)
    Total votes cast: 127
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  • US: Should everyone aged 15 - 64 be screened for HIV infection?
    Yes: 84 (63%)
    No: 49 (37%)
    Total votes cast: 133
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  • Should everyone aged 15 - 64 be screened for HIV infection?
    Yes: 572 (49%)
    No: 600 (51%)
    Total votes cast: 1172
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  • Should the legal age for buying tobacco be raised to 21?
    Yes: 848 (80%)
    No: 216 (20%)
    Total votes cast: 1064
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  • US: Should the legal age for buying tobacco be raised to 21?
    Yes: 137 (71%)
    No: 57 (29%)
    Total votes cast: 194
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  • India: Can we leave industry to lead efforts to improve population health?
    Yes: 11 (24%)
    No: 34 (76%)
    Total votes cast: 45
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  • Do patients need to know they are terminally ill?
    Yes: 1,026 (87.5%)
    No: 146 (12.5%)
    Total votes cast: 1,172
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  • US: Should breast cancer drugs be offered to healthy but high risk women?
    Yes: 52 (36%)
    No: 94 (64%)
    Total votes cast: 146
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  • Can we leave industry to lead efforts to improve population health?
    Yes: 72 (11%)
    No: 594 (89%)
    Total votes cast: 666
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  • US: Will the sequester change your practice?
    Yes: 31 (42%)
    No: 43 (58%)
    Total votes cast: 74
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  • India: Will the Indian Supreme Court's dismissal of Novartis' petition for patent protection discourage companies from investing in new drugs?
    Yes: 29 (21%)
    No: 111 (79%)
    Total votes cast: 140
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  • Should drug companies publish the names of doctors to whom they make donations?
    Yes: 999 (89%)
    No: 129 (11%)
    Total votes cast: 1,128
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  • Should GPs on the boards of clinical commissioning groups in England stand down if they have conflicts of interest?
    Yes: 612 (87%)
    No: 91 (13%)
    Total votes cast: 703
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  • US: Will the new DSM-5 lead to patients being mislabelled as mentally ill?
    Yes: 85 (83%)
    No: 17 (17%)
    Total votes cast: 102
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  • India: Are the dangers of antibiotic resistance exaggerated?
    Yes: 30 (38%)
    No: 49 (62%)
    Total votes cast: 79
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  • Will 1 April mark the end of the NHS in England?
    Yes: 493 (58%)
    No: 363 (42%)
    Total votes cast: 761
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  • US: Should fee-for-service be abolished for physician pay?
    Yes: 195 (58%)
    No: 144 (42%)
    Total votes cast: 339
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  • Is it acceptable for people to take cognitive enhancing drugs to improve performance?
    Yes: 326 (43%)
    No: 435 (57%)
    Total votes cast: 761
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  • India: Should AYUSH doctors be allowed to prescribe allopathic drugs?
    Yes: 47% (103)
    No: 53% (114)
    Total votes cast: 217
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  • Are the dangers of antibiotic resistance exaggerated?
    Yes: 19% (216)
    No: 81% (909)
    Total votes cast: 1,125
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  • Should GPs be fined for rises in avoidable emergency admissions?
    Yes: 35% (300)
    No: 65% (558)
    Total votes cast: 858
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  • US: Should gun ownership be documented in electronic patient records?
    Yes: 42% (189)
    No: 58% (264)
    Total votes cast: 453
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  • Should the NHS work at weekends as it does in the week?
    Yes: 64.2% (820)
    No: 35.8% (458)
    Total votes cast: 1,278
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  • India: Is security in Indian hospitals adequate to protect doctors from attacks from aggrieved relatives?
    Yes: 10.3% (27)
    No: 89.7% (236)
    Total votes cast: 263
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  • Should David Nicholson resign in the wake of the Mid Staffs inquiry report?
    Yes: 88% (651)
    No: 12% (85)
    Total votes cast: 736
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  • Is a focus on risk in psychiatry an effective way of reducing harm to patients and the public?
    Yes: 62% (206)
    No: 38% (125)
    Total votes cast: 331
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  • US: Is it right that doctors should publish all industry payments over $10?
    Yes: 68% (155)
    No: 32% (72)
    Total votes cast: 227
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  • Will the Francis report lead to improvements in patient care?
    Yes: 43% (204)
    No: 57% (274)
    Total votes cast: 478
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  • Would you encourage your patients to have prostate specific antigen testing?
    Yes: 46% (442)
    No: 54% (519)
    Total votes cast: 961
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  • Are acute hospitals the place for the frail and older people?
    Yes: 16% (132 )
    No: 84% (697)
    Total votes cast: 829
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  • Should free speech be more important than pharma regulation?
    Yes: 60.7% (51)
    No: 39.3% (33)
    Total votes cast: 84
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  • Are antidepressants overprescribed?
    Yes: 79.3% (862)
    No: 20.7% (226)
    Total votes cast: 1088
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  • Will expansion of the NHS abroad benefit UK patients
    Yes: 32% (139)
    No: 68% (229)
    Total votes cast: 438
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  • Is chemical castration an appropriate punishment for rape?
    Yes: 56% (67)
    No: 44% (52)
    Total votes cast: 119
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  • Should everyone over 74 be screened for dementia?
    Yes: 45.3% (665)
    No: 54.7% (802)
    Total votes cast: 1,467
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  • Polls in 2012

  • What is more important to you—the taste of food or how healthy it is?
    Taste: 58.5% (954)
    Health: 41.5% (678)
    Total votes cast: 1632
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  • Do you believe that non-coeliac gluten sensitivity exists?
    Yes: 66.5% (626)
    No: 33.5% (315)
    Total votes cast: 941
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  • Is it ethical to donate second hand implantable devices to the developing world?
    Yes: 62.6% (518)
    No: 37.4% (309)
    Total votes cast: 827
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  • Is there value in conducting periodic health checks?
    Yes: 63.5% (415)
    No: 36.5% (238)
    Total votes cast: 653
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  • In view of increasing antimicrobial resistance worldwide, have you changed your prescribing practice for antibiotics?
    Yes: 77.7% (352)
    No: 22.3% (101)
    Total votes cast: 453
    Read related news story
  • India: Should the UK withdraw aid to India?
    Yes: 37.5% (24)
    No: 62.5% (40)
    Total votes cast: 64
    Read related news story
  • Is the Liverpool care pathway fit for purpose?
    Yes: 73% (467)
    No: 27% (173)
    Total votes cast: 640
    Read related news story
  • Should all cosmetic surgery advertising be banned?
    Yes: 64% (558)
    No: 36% (331)
    Total votes cast: 919
    Read related head to head debate
  • Is it unethical to donate used cardioverter defibrillators to patients in India?
    Yes: 19% (194)
    No: 81% (834)
    Total votes cast: 1028
    Read related news story
  • Who is mainly at fault for denying access to negative clinical trial results?
    Pharma: 395 (69%)
    Regulators: 77 (13.5%)
    Legislators: 50 (9%)
    Ethics committees: 35 (6%)
    Universities: 14 (2.5%)
    Total votes cast: 569
    Read related news story
  • Will calorie counts on vending machines reduce consumption of unhealthy foods?
    Yes: 50.23%
    No: 49.77%
    Total votes cast: 1099
    Read related news story
  • Is overtreatment an inevitable consequence of market based healthcare systems?
    Yes: 83%
    No: 17%
    Total votes cast: 878
    Read related feature
  • Would a "tan tax" on indoor tanning salons be an appropriate deterrent?
    Yes: 55%
    No: 45%
    Total votes cast: 664
    Read related personal view
  • Does celebrity involvement in public health campaigns deliver long term benefit?
    Yes: 46.5%
    No: 53.5%
    Total votes cast: 535
    Read related head to head debate Yes and No
  • Is doctors' professional use of social media likely to result in more good than harm?
    Yes: 57%
    No: 43%
    Total votes cast: 516
    Read related news
  • Are the causes of obesity mainly environmental?
    Yes: 68%
    No: 32%
    Total votes cast: 885
    Read related head to head debate Yes and No
  • Should altruistic kidney donors be able to choose the recipient of their kidney?
    Yes: 48.5%
    No: 51.5%
    Total votes cast: 633
    Read related news
  • Do abstinence programmes have a role in the treatment of heroin addiction?
    Yes: 79%
    No: 21%
    Total votes cast: 315
    Read related personal view
  • Should doctors allow families to veto organ donation requested by their dead relatives?
    Yes: 18.5%
    No: 81.5%
    Total votes cast: 1,570
    Read related personal view
  • Has the current economic downturn adversely affected the health of your patients?
    Yes: 80%
    No: 20%
    Total votes cast: 348
    Read related observations column
  • Should patients be able to control their own records?
    Yes: 58%
    No: 42%
    Total votes cast: 667
    Read related news story
  • Is their any point in measuring people's feelings of well-being?
    Yes: 75%
    No: 25%
    Total votes cast: 586
    Read related news story
  • Is fanaticism a form of madness?
    Yes: 50.9%
    No: 49.1%.
    Total votes cast: 668
    Read related head to head debate Yes and No and blog
  • Should we screen for type 2 diabetes?
    Yes: 83%
    No: 17%.
    Total votes cast: 700
    Read related head to head debate Yes and No
  • Does having a medical parent help or hinder?
    Help: 79%
    Hinder: 29%.
    Total votes cast: 465
    Read related personal view
  • Will the Olympics increase young people's participation in sport?
    Yes: 447 (49.9%%)
    No: 449 (50.1%)
    Read related editorial
  • Should doctor's organisations be neutral on assisted dying?
    Yes: 1,137 (17%)
    No: 5,455 (83%)
    Read related editorial
  • Should we abandon cervical spine manipulation for mechanical neck pain?
    Yes: 284 (24%)
    No: 876 (76%)
    Read related head to head debate Yes and No
  • Should addicts have their benefits cut if they refuse treatment?
    Yes: 806 (65%)
    No: 425 (35%)
    Read related news
  • Should all adults over 50 get statins?
    Yes: 189 (21%)
    No: 704 (79%)
    Read related research news
  • Should child immunisation be mandatory?
    Yes: 813 (37%)
    No: 1366 (63%)
    Read related head to head debate Yes and No
  • Are doctors justified in taking industrial action in defence of their pensions?
    Yes: 514 (65%)
    No: 271 (35%)
    Read related head to head debate Yes and No
  • Should ophthalmologists be encouraged to use bevacizumab to treat age related macular degeneration?
    Yes: 257 (75%)
    No: 85 (25%)
    Read related feature
  • What is the most important change to medical education in the past 20 years?
    Debt? 22% (131 votes)
    Competition to get into medical school? 16% (93 votes)
    Competition for training posts? 14% (82 votes)
    Workforce planning? 9% (53 votes)
    Teaching methods and resources? 40% (238 votes)
  • Is spending on proton beam therapy going too far too fast?
    Yes: 143 (56%)
    No: 112 (44%)
    Read related feature
  • Should doctors have a stronger voice in policy on illegal drug use?
    Yes: 984 (83%)
    No: 198 (17%)
    Read related news story
  • Will minimum alcohol pricing reduce problem drinking?
    Yes: 258 (33%)
    No: 527 (67%)
    Read related news story
  • Should health professionals take a leading role in tackling climate change?
    Yes: 325 (45%)
    No: 394 (55%)
    Read related spotlight article
  • Should Tony Nicklinson, who has locked in syndrome, get medical help to end his life?
    Yes: 748 (37%)
    No: 1285 (63%)
    Read related news
  • Should everyone over 65 be screened for atrial fibrillation?
    Yes: 498 (61%)
    No: 312 (39%)
    Read related news
  • Does psychoanalysis have a place in modern mental health?
    Yes: 575 (63%)
    No: 342 (37%)
    Read related head to head debate Yes;No.
  • Should journals allow peer review only after publication?
    Yes: 26% (118)
    No: 74% (344)
    Read related blog.
  • Should we use elective ventilation to increase organ donation?
    Yes: 66% (313)
    No: 34% (163)
    Read related news.
  • Is providing hospital services seven days a week worth the extra cost?
    Yes: 77% (759)
    No: 23% (223)
    Read related news story.
  • Should the Health and Social Care Bill for England now be withdrawn?
    Yes: 92% (2710)
    No: 8% (241)
    Read related comment article.
  • Does anyone understand why we need the government's plans for the NHS?
    Yes: 20% (154)
    No: 80% (607)
    Read related comment article.
  • Should public funds pay when private healthcare goes wrong?
    Yes: 18% (190)
    No: 82% (865)
    Read related editorial.
  • Should doctors be able to self prescribe?
    Yes: 65% (1052)
    No: 35% (562)
    Read related BMJ careers story.
  • Should governments be allowed to censor research because of biosecurity fears?
    Yes: 252 (42%)
    No: 344 (58%)
    Read related news story.

Polls in 2011

  • Do you think that Charles Byrne's skeleton should...
    a) now be buried at sea? 453 (53%)
    b) be taken off display and stored in private for research purposes? 117 (14%)
    c) remain where it is on public display? 281 (33%)
    Read related feature.
  • Should we treat lower urinary tract symptoms without a definitive diagnosis?
    Yes: 513 (57%)
    No: 382 (43%)
    Read related head to head debate Yes;No.
  • Should the drug industry be given anonymised patient data?
    Yes: 432 (48%)
    No: 469 (52%)
    Read related news story.
  • Should women be able to request a caesarean section?
    Yes: 694 (46%)
    No: 809 (54%)
    Read related head to head debate Yes;No.
  • Has the closure of psychiatric beds gone too far?
    Yes: 539 (85%)
    No: 92 (15%)
    Read related head to head debate Yes;No.
  • Should doctors encourage people to donate a kidney to a stranger?
    Yes: 420 (36%)
    No: 740 (64%)
    Read related head to head debate No;Yes.
  • Do we need to curb population growth to improve global health?
    Yes: 1,105 (77%)
    No: 334 (23%)
    Read related personal view.
  • Should journals sell reprints?
    Yes: 78 (41%)
    No: 110 (59%)
    Read related head to head debate: Yes;No.
  • Should we use total mortality rather than cancer specific mortality to judge cancer screening programmes?
    Yes: 122 (53%)
    No: 110 (47%)
    Read related head to head debate: Yes, No.
  • Should patients be allowed to spend their personal health budgets on non evidence-based treatments, such as aromatherapy?
    Yes: 235 (40%)
    No: 352 (60%)
    Read the related feature
  • Should GP practices be visited without warning to assess quality of care?
    Yes: 343 (81%)
    No: 80 (19%)
    Read the related blog
  • Does the evidence support the use of mild hypothermia after cardiac arrest?
    Yes: 106 (73%)
    No: 40 (27%)
    Read related head to head debate:Yes/No
  • Should we regulate the food industry or work with it to tackle NCDs?
    Regulate it: 87 (74%)
    Work with it: 30 (26%)
    Read the related articles
  • Should countries introduce minimum alcohol pricing?
    Yes: 162 (61%)
    No: 105 (39%)
    Read related news story
  • Should publicly funded research bodies be allowed to withhold research data from industry?
    Yes: 111 (45%)
    No: 133 (55%)
    Read related blog and news story
  • Should families of drug users be provided with naloxone?
    Yes: 170 (66%)
    No: 87 (34%)
    Read related news story
  • Is the WHO irrelevant?
    Yes: 171 (33%)
    No: 349 (67%)
    Read related feature
  • Should the FDA loosen its conflict of interest rules for advisers?
    Yes: 40 (22%)
    No: 144 (78%)
    Read related news story
  • Should postgraduate membership exams No: longer be held overseas?
    No: 128 (53%)
    Yes: 115 (47%)
    Read related head to head (Yes; No)
  • Does the use of medical titles by non-doctors mislead patients?
    Yes: 444 (83%)
    No: 89 (17%)
    Read related personal view
  • Should it be compulsory for adult cyclists to wear helmets?
    Yes: 462 (32%)
    No: 978 (68%)
    Read related news story
  • Are open data a good thing?
    Yes: 143 (82%)
    No: 31 (18%)
    Read related observations column
  • Is there evidence that competition in healthcare is a good thing?
    No: 276 (73%)
    Yes: 101 (27%)
    Read related head to head debate
  • Should the Health and Social Care Bill now be withdrawn?
    Yes: 1027 (93%)
    No: 74 (7%)
    Read related editorial
  • Does knowledge of arts and culture make doctors better clinicians?
    Yes: 346 (80%)
    No: 88 (20%)
    Read related personal view
  • Should HIV tests be offered to all patients attending emergency departments?
    Yes: 280 (67%)
    No: 135 (33%)
    Read related news story
  • "Are digital rectal examinations performed in primary care a waste of time?"
    No: 278 (65%)
    Yes: 153 (35%)
    Read related personal view
  • Should non-medical health professionals be the first port of call for patients with back pain?
    Yes: 111 (39%)
    No: 173 (61%)
    Read related personal view
  • Has child protection become a form of madness?
    Yes: 181 (66%)
    No: 93 (34%)
    Read related head to head debate
  • Do you feel confident in discussing dying and death with patients?
    Yes: 162 (66%)
    No: 85 (34%)
    Read related personal view
  • Is the peer review system in crisis?
    Yes: 97 (60%)
    No: 65 (40%)
    Read related news story
  • Should the UN appoint a representative to investigate violations of medical neutrality in countries like Bahrain?
    Yes: 164 (81%)
    No: 39 (19%)
    Read related editorial
  • Should the law on assisted dying be changed?
    Yes: 203 (31%)
    No: 462 (69%)
    Read related head to head debate
  • Is nudge an effective public health strategy to tackle obesity?
    Yes: 61 (34%)
    No: 117 (66%)
    Read related head to head
  • Do most patients want shared decision making?
    Yes: 144 (72%)
    No: 55 (28%)
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  • Should helmets be compulsory for skiers and snowboarders?
    Yes: 343 (65%)
    No: 183 (35%)
    Read related editorial
  • Should the opportunity to sit in on surgery be auctioned to the highest bidder?
    No: 277 (86%)
    Yes: 44 (14%)
    Read related personal view
  • Compared with now, do you think healthcare in England in five years' time will be: Much better, better, the same, worse, or much worse?
    Much better 49 (4%)
    Better 132 (11%)
    Same 154 (13%)
    Worse 428 (36%)
    Much worse 420 (36%)
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  • Have we gone too far in translating ideas from aviation to patient safety?
    Yes: 99 (51%)
    No: 95 (49%)
    Read related head to head debate
  • Is NHS Employers justified in trying to impose a freeze on incremental pay progression for NHS staff?
    Yes: 89 (22%)
    No: 313 (78%)
  • Should children aged 5 years or younger be included in the flu vaccination programme?
    Yes: 420 (49%)
    No: 440 (51%)

Polls in 2010

  • Is it ever justified to submit a hoax abstract to an international meeting?
    Yes: 253 (35%)
    No: 473 (65%)
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  • Should a paper supporting Seroxat use in adolescents be retracted?
    Yes: 87 (65%)
    No: 47 (35%)
    Read related feature
  • Should health systems stop supporting low volume units?
    No: 156 (64%)
    Yes: 87 (36%)
    Read related news story
  • Is the UK coalition government turning the clock back on advances in public health?
    Yes: 211 (78%)
    No: 59 (22%)
    Read related feature
  • Should the law on orphan drugs be changed?
    Yes: 112 (77%)
    No: 33 (23%)
    Read related feature
  • Should rationing of drugs be done by individual doctors or by a national body?
    National body: 322 (70%)
    Individual doctors: 137 (30%)
    Read related Q&A briefing
  • Does choice matter more to politicians and patient advocates than it does to patients?
    Yes: 220 (66%)
    No: 113 (34%)
    Read related analysis
  • Are the cuts fair?
    No: 146 (62%)
    Yes: 90 (38%)
    Read related head to head
  • Should drug misusers be paid to be sterilised?
    No: 314 (68%)
    Yes: 145 (32%)
    Read related news story
  • Would a tax on high fat/sugar foods help reduce obesity levels?
    Yes: 258 (50.5%)
    No: 253 (49.5%)
    Read related observations column
  • Should NHS mental health services fear the private sector?
    Yes: 117 (62%)
    No: 72 (38%)
    Read related head to head debate
  • Should all athletes have ECG screening?
    Yes: 236 (71.5%)
    No: 94 (28.5%)
    Read related head to head debate
  • Have targeted cancer drugs met expectations?
    No: 92 (75.4%)
    Yes: 30 (24.6%)
  • How confident are you that key proposals of the NHS white paper for England will take effect?
    100%: 28 (9.59%)
    75%: 43 (14.73%)
    50%: 75 (25.68%)
    25%: 93 (31.85%)
    0%: 53 (18.15%)
  • Should doctors regulate themselves?
    Yes: 198 (57%)
    No: 151 (43%)
  • Should people with dementia be allowed to vote?
    Yes: 208 (52%)
    No: 194 (48%)
    Read related editorial
  • Should egg and sperm donors be paid more to reduce shortages in IVF clinics?
    Yes: 124 (44%)
    No: 159 (56%)
    Read related news story
  • Should ending mixed sex wards be a government priority?
    Yes: 108 (34%)
    No: 210 (66%)
    Read the related news story
  • Should the role of GPs in maternity care be strengthened?
    Yes: 146 (65%)
    No: 80 (35%)
    Read related news story
  • Have you ever taken modafinil, methylphenidate, and atomoxetine to boost your cognitive performance?
    No: 363 (91%)
    Yes: 38 (9%)
    Read related editorial
  • Should rosiglitazone be withdrawn?
    Yes: 149 (80%)
    No: 38 (20%)
    Read related news story
  • Will GP commissioning improve patient care?
    No: 269 (73.7%)
    Yes: 96 (26.3%)
    Read related news story
  • How often do you notice bias in industry sponsored educational materials?
    Often: 97 (70.8%)
    Sometimes: 31 (22.6%)
    Never: 9 (6.6%)
  • Should locum agencies be regulated?
    Yes: 169 (91%)
    No: 17 (9%)
    Read related feature
  • Is offering unemployment advice part of a family doctor's remit?
    No: 175 (71%)
    Yes: 72 (29%)
    Read related editorial
  • Should the Quality and Outcomes Framework be abolished?
    Yes: 38 (47%)
    No: 43 (53%)
    Read related head to head
  • Is reforming the tax system the best way to address the income inequalities that underlie health inequalities?
    Yes: 95 (64%)
    No: 54 (36%)
    Read related observations column
  • Should health policy focus on physical inactivity rather than obesity?
    Yes: 318 (83%)
    No: 65 (17%)
    Read related head to head
  • Is homophobia fuelling Africa's HIV epidemic?
    Yes: 184 (53%)
    No: 162 (47%)
    See related feature
  • Is the coalition's health policy going to be good for the NHS?
    Yes: 62 (52%)
    No: 58 (48%)
    See related news story
  • Should the world follow Australia and introduce plain packets for cigarettes?
    Yes: 247 (70%)
    No: 105 (30%)
    See the related personal view
  • Should medical students be regulated?
    Yes: 456 (67%)
    No: 225 (33%)
    See related head to head debate
  • Can the NHS cut costs without substantially damaging the quality of healthcare?
    Yes: 152 (48%)
    No: 165 (52%)
    See related Kings Fund debate page
  • Should researchers make the raw data from their studies available to anyone who asks for them?
    Yes: 488 (74%)
    No: 179 (26%)
    Read related observations article
  • Is the NHS three times better than in 1979?
    No: 166 (60%)
    Yes: 113 (41%)
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  • Which of these situations worry you most in your career? (Total number of votes=326)
    1. When it's in the public interest to breach patient confidentiality: 136 votes
    2. Breaking bad news and advance care planning: 94 votes
    3. Appropriate off label prescribing: 35 votes
    4. Maximising people's ability to consent to research involvement: 31 votes
    5. Talking to patients about CPR and a DNACPR order: 30 votes
  • Should primary care physicians refuse to see the worried well?
    Yes: 87 (22%)
    No: 310 (78%)
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  • Will a market deliver quality and efficiency in health care better than central planning ever could?
    Yes: 72 (34%)
    No: 142 (66%)
    Read related head to head debate
  • Will the new assisted suicide policy change your practice?
    Yes: 49 (28%)
    No: 123 (72%)
    Read related news story 
  • Should homoeopathy be available on the NHS?
    Yes: 2208 (19%)
    No: 8730 (81%)
    Read related news story.
  • Has guideline development gone astray?
    Yes: 138 (72.6%)
    No: 52 (27.4%)
    Read related head to head debate

Polls in 2009

  • Which of these songs would you use for CPR training? (Total votes=1764)    
    - Bee Gees - Staying alive: 635 votes (36%)
    - Mandy Miller - Nellie the elephant: 351 votes (20%)
    - Queen - Another one bites the dust: 317 votes (18%)          
    - Other*: 119 votes(7%)          
    - The Whispers - And the beat goes on: 107 votes (6% )
    - KC & The Sunshine Band - That's the way I like it: 95 votes (5%) 
    - The Backstreet Boys - Quit playing games (with my heart): 72 votes  (4%)
    - Billy Ray Cyrus - Achy Breaky Heart: 68 votes (4%)

    *Includes: Theme from the Archers,  Ave Maria or the Faure Requiem, Anarchy in the UK, Baa baa black sheep, London Bridge, Michael Jackson - Billie Jean, Guns'n'Roses - Knocking on heaven's door
    Read related research article.

  • Would you publicly confess to a serious mistake if you thought others could learn from your experience?
    Yes: 325 (76%)
    No: 104 (24%)
    Read related news story.
  • Is the conflict of interest unacceptable when drug companies conduct trials on their own drugs?
    Yes: 400 (75%)
    No: 133 (25%)
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  • Should the NHS strive to eradicate all unexplained variation in practice?
    No: 181 (65%)
    Yes: 96 (35%)
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  • Do you need a degree to nurse?
    Yes: 308 (39%)
    No: 477 (61%)
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  • Do restrictions on working hours of doctors compromise surgical education?
    Yes: 279 (69%)
    No: 123 (31%)
    Related analysis
  • Was home secretary Alan Johnson justified in sacking his drugs adviser David Nutt?
    Yes: 156 (18%)
    No: 728 (82%)
    Related news story
  • Is ageism a common problem in the NHS?
    Yes: 207 (78%)
    No: 57 (22%)
    Related news story
  • Will you take the swine flu vaccine?
    Yes: 446 (42%)
    No: 612 (58%)
    Related news story
  • Are women doctors still discriminated against?
    Yes: 320 (55%)
    No: 261 (45%)
    Related news story
  • Do gyms have responsibilities for people with eating disorders?
    Yes: 186 (39%)
    No: 296 (61%)
    Related news story
  • Should doctors treating patients with genetic diseases be allowed to disclose information to blood relatives at risk?
    Yes: 315 (69%)
    No: 142 (31%)
    Related news story
  • Should under 5s be allowed to touch animals at petting farms?
    Votes: Yes: 473 (82%);
    No: 106 (18%)
    Related news story
  • Is population stabilisation crucial to tackling climate change?
    Votes: Yes: 277 (79%);
    No: 72 (21%)
    Related editorial
  • Should all alcohol advertising be banned?
    Votes: Yes: 456 (70%);
    No: 191 (30%)
    Related editorial
  • Should youth mental health become a speciality in its own right?
    Votes: Yes: 243 (72%);
    No: 94 (28%)
    Related head to head
  • Is rate more important than rhythm in treating atrial fibrillation?
    Votes: Yes: 345 (75%);
    No: 114 (25%)
    Related head to head
  • Does Helicobacter pylori really cause duodenal ulcers?
    Votes: Yes: 425 (83%);
    No: 89 (17%)
    Related head to head
  • Should antivirals be given to young people with mild symptoms of A/H1N1?
    Votes: Yes: 65 (14%);
    No: 390 (86%)
    Related research
  • Do not-for-profit nursing homes provide better quality?
    Votes: Yes: 109 (66%);
    No: 57 (34%)
    Related research
  • Should we stop screening women under 25 for cervical cancer?
    Votes: Yes: 156 (35%);
    No: 287 (65%)
    Related research
  • Do you feel equipped to manage patients with swine flu?
    Votes: Yes: 112 (46%);
    No: 131 (54%)
    Related editorial
  • Is systolic blood pressure all that matters?
    Votes: Yes: 89 (17%);
    No: 434 (83%)
    Related head to head debate: Yes; No
  • Have you changed your behaviour as a consequence of swine flu? (July 2009)
    Votes: Yes: 149 (25%);
    No: 457 (75%)
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  • Would you recommend to your patients, family, or friends to attend breast screening? (July 2009)
    Votes: Yes: 293 (85%);
    No: 53 (15%)
    Related observation
  • Is it acceptable for people to take methylphenidate to enhance performance? (June 2009)
    Votes: Yes: 100 (27%);
    No: 264 (73%)
    Related head to head debate; Yes; No
  • Is medicine failing male patients? (June 2009)
    Votes: Yes: 119 (53%);
    No: 104 (47%)
    Related personal view
  • Does English libel law threaten scientific debate in health care? (June 2009)
    Votes: Yes: 92 (80%);
    No: 23 (20%)
    Related editorial
  • Would you blow the whistle if you saw a senior colleague repeatedly making mistakes? (June 2009)
    Votes: Yes: 471 (87%); No: 71 (13%)
    Related editorial
  • Should blood pressure lowering drugs be offered to all people over a certain age? (May 2009)
    Votes: Yes: 132 (33%); No: 272 (67%)
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  • Should hospices be exempt from following national cardiopulmonary resuscitation guidelines? (March 2009)
    Votes: Yes: 272 (60%); No: 180 (40%)
    Related head to head debate: Yes; No
  • Should people at risk of reinfarction have defibrillators available at home?(March 2009) 
    Votes: Yes: 39 (49%); No: 40 (51%)
    Related head to head debate: Yes; No
  • Will doctor rating sites improve standards of care? (March 2009)
    Votes: Yes: 26 (30%); No: 60 (70%)
    Related head to head debate: Yes; No
  • Should all patients be offered online access to their medical records? (March 2009)
    Votes: Yes: 106 (65%); No: 57 (35%)
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  • Should men who have ever had sex with men be banned from giving blood? February 2009.
    Votes: No: 300 (55%); Yes: 244 (45%)
    Read related head to head debate: Yes; No
  • Who should receive the BMJ Group award for lifetime achievement?  (February 2009)
    The winner will be announced at the awards ceremony on 2 April.
  • Doctors and the drug industry: what's in the best interests of patients and the public?  (February 2009)
    1. Tighter standards of conduct: 103 votes (42%)
    2. No: relationship: 60 votes (25%)
    3. Less but better regulation: 38 votes (16%)
    4. Closer working: 30 votes (12%)
    5. No: change:    12 votes (5%)

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  • Will the WHO's surgical safety checklist change practice?  (January 2009)
    Votes: Yes: 138 (66%); No: 71 (34%)
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  • Have NHS targets such as minimum waiting times done more harm than good? (January 2009)
    Votes: Yes: (%); No: (%)
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  • Should doctors work beyond 70? (January 2009)
    Votes: Yes: 484 (40%); No: 726 (60%)
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Polls in 2008

  • Should drug companies teach therapeutics to medical undergraduates? (January 2009)
    Votes: Yes: 155 (22%); No: 560 (78%)
    Read related news feature.
  • Should the contraceptive pill be available without prescription? (December 2008)
    Votes: Yes: 660 (54%); No: 568 (46%)
    Read related head to head debate: Yes; No
  • Should smoking in outside public spaces be banned? (December 2008)
    Votes: Yes: 416 (58%); No: 307 (42%)
    Reead related head to head debate: Yes; No
  • Should doctors encourage patients to make decisions about their future care in case incapacity strikes? (December 2008) Votes: Yes 465 (87%); No: 67 (13%)
  • Would you advise a friend or relative to become a doctor? (December 2008)
    Votes: Yes: 461 (52%); No: 420 (48%)
    Read related personal view.
  • Will financial penalties improve control of hospital acquired infections? (November 2008)
    Votes: Yes: 119 (42%); No: 164 (58%)         
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  • Should restaurant menus include nutrition labelling information? (November 2008)
    Votes: Yes: 480 (69%); No: 217 (31%)
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  • Should world leaders be obliged to make their health records public? (November 2008)
    Votes: Yes: 211 (34%); No: 416 (66%)  
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  • Should immunisation be mandatory for healthcare workers (Novermber 2008)
    Votes: Yes: 493 (62%); No: 302 (38%)
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  • Which presidential candidate has better plans for US health reform? (October 2008)
    Votes: Barack Obama 877 (85%); John McCain 160 (15%)
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  • Should developed countries become net exporters of health professionals? (October 2008)
    Votes: Yes: 217 (59%); No: 150 (41%)
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  • Should doctors lead on rationing decisions? (October 2008)
    Votes: Yes: 155 (62%); No: 93 (38%)
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  • Does NICE deserve its bad press? (October 2008)
    Votes: Yes: 166 votes (41%); No: 236 (59%)
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  • Should there be a ceiling on what percentage of GDP countries spend on health? (September 2008)
    Votes: Yes: 101 (34%); No: 199 (66%)
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  • Should medical records remain confidential after a patient's death? (September 2008)
    Votes: Yes: 431 (69%); No: 195 (31%)
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  • Is early intervention in the major psychiatric disorders justified? (September 2008)
    Votes: Yes: 303 (85%); No: 52 (15%)
    Related head to head debate: Yes; No.
  • Should primary care be nurse led? (September 2008)
    Votes: Yes: 323 (30%); No: 737 (70%)
    Related head to head debate: Yes; No.
  • Are national qualifying examinations a fair way to rank medical students?
    (August 2008)
    Votes: Yes: 434 (53%); No: 389 (47%)
    Related head to head debate: Yes; No
  • Should the UK instigate universal childhood immunisation against the varicella zoster virus (responsible for chickenpox and shingles)? (August 2008)
    Votes: Yes: 291 (63%) ; No: 171 (37%)
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  • Should the NHS fund drugs that have not yet been approved by NICE?
    (August 2008)
    Votes: Yes: 264 (43%); No: 354 (57%)
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  • Should failed asylum seekers be denied free primary care?
    (July 2008)
    Votes: Yes: 289 (36%); No: 518 (64%)
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  • Should doctors advise people to limit the number of children they have for the sake of the environment?
    Votes: Yes: 513 (46%); No: 609 (54%)
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  • Has the UK's four hour emergency care target compromised patient safety? (July 2008)
    Votes: Yes: 172 (72%); No: 67 (28%)
  • Should disadvantaged people be paid to take care of their health?
    Votes: Yes: 183 (34%); No: 363 (66%)
  • Should geriatric medicine remain a specialty? (July 2008)
    Votes: Yes: 587 (80%); No: 146 (20%)
  • Are international medical conferences an outdated luxury the planet can’t afford?
    (July 2008)
    Votes: Yes: 471 (59%); No: 324 (41%)
  • Are the NHS's founding principles still relevant in 21st century Britain?
    (June 2008)
    Votes: Yes: 496 (70%); No: 215 (30%)
  • Should patients be fined if they miss appointments? (June 2008)
    Votes: Yes: 299 (51%); No: 292 (49%)
  • Should all healthcare interventions be rigorously tested before their introduction?(June 2008)
    Votes: Yes: 392 (78%); No: 111 (22%)
  • Is it feasible for GPs to put all 40-75 year olds on statins based on cardiovascular risk, ethnicity, and family history? (June 2008)
    Votes: Yes: 416 (44%); No: 522 (56%)
  • Were MPs right to allow the creation of "admixed" human and animal embryos for research in the United Kingdom? (May 2008)
    Votes: Yes: 271 (36%); No: 480 (64%)
  • Would you share the answers to exam questions if you were exclusively told them in advance? (May 2008)
    Votes: Yes: 57 (58%); No: 42 (42%)
  • Should hypertension be treated aggressively even in very old patients? (May 2008)
    Votes: Yes: 362 (49%); No: 374 (51%)
  • Should patients be able to pay top-up fees for treatments not funded by the NHS? (May 2008)
    Votes: Yes: 375 (71%); No: 151 (29%)
  • Does it matter if medical graduates don't get jobs as doctors? (May 2008)
    Votes: Yes: 1025 (81%); No: 246 (19%)
  • Do we need polyclinics? (April 2008)
    Votes: Yes: 361 (66%); No: 188 (34%)
  • Should we screen for abdominal aortic aneurysm? (April 2008)
    Votes: Yes: 333 (66%); No: 175 (34%)
  • Which health project would make the greatest difference to health care? (April 2008)
    • Palliative care for all at the end of life: 1552 votes (38%)
    • Combating drug resistant infections in poor countries: 879 votes (22%)
    • Better care for the elderly with multiple health problems: 686 votes (17%) Improving chronic pain management: 487 (12%)
    • Reducing excessive drinking in young women: 331 votes (8%)
    • Helping to reduce adverse drug reactions in elderly patients: 111 votes (3%)
  • Are there too many female medical graduates? (April 2008)
    Votes: Yes: 454 (44%); No: 568 (56%)
  • Should pharmaceutical companies enjoy greater legal freedoms to provide prescription drug information directly to the public? (March 2008)
    Votes: Yes: 220 (20%); No: 870 (80%)
  • Should responsibility for signing people off sick be transferred from GPs to occupational health teams? (March 2008)
    Votes: Yes: 419 (56%); No: 326 (44%)
  • Should all doctors have a legal obligation to offer assistance in an inflight medical
    emergency? (March 2008)
    Votes: Yes: 458 (53%); No: 408 (47%)
  • Should doctors change their practice in prescribing antidepressants in the light of last month's research? (March 2008)
    Votes: Yes: 876 (71%); No: 355 (29%)
  • Has the hunt for conflicts of interests gone too far? (February 2008)
    Votes: Yes: 197 (45%); No: 246 (56%)
  • Do you object to continuing medical education being funded by the pharmaceutical industry? (February 2008)
    Votes: Yes: 853 (55%); No: 669 (45%)
  • Should doctors advocate snus and other nicotine replacements? (February 2008)
    Votes: Yes: 195 (61%); No: 124 (39%)
  • Is it time to stop using the term "sudden infant death syndrome"? (February 2008)
    Votes: Yes: 584 (60%); No: 381 (40%)
  • Is the obesity epidemic exaggerated? (February 2008)
    Votes: Yes: 987 (73%); No: 371 (27%)
  • Is climate change a matter for doctors? (January 2008)
    Votes: Yes: 805 (69%); No: 363 (31%)
  • Should the Tooke report on postgraduate medical education and training be implemented in full? (January 2008)
    Votes: Yes: 429 (74%); No: 153 (26%)