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    Polls in 2015

    • UK: Should women be able to get antibiotics for urinary tract infection without a prescription?
      Yes: 76 (43%)
      No: 101 (57%)
      Total votes cast: 177
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    • International, India, and US: Should researchers have access to medical records?
      Yes: 708 (72%)
      No: 273 (28%)
      Total votes cast: 981
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    • UK, International, US, and India: Should doctors recommend homeopathy?
      Yes: 3 193 (62%)
      No: 1 944 (38%)
      Total votes cast: 5 137
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    • UK, International, US, and India: Which paper should The BMJ be most proud of publishing?
      Establishing a standard definition for child obesity: 70 (12.03%)
      Multiple imputation for missing data in epidemiological and clinical research: 62 (10.65%)
      The scandal of poor medical research: 253 (43.47%)
      Evidence based guidelines or collectively constructed “mindlines?: 91 (15.64%)
      Zinc supplementation started during diarrhoea on morbidity and mortality in Bangladeshi children: 57 (9.79%)
      What worries parents when their preschool children are acutely ill: 49 (8.42%)
      Total votes cast: 582
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    • UK, International, US, and India: Should Wellcome Trust and the Gates Foundation divest from fossil fuel companies?
      Yes: 276 (74%)
      No: 96 (26%)
      Total votes cast: 372
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    • UK: Is informed consent impossible at the end of life?
      Yes: 38 (42%)
      No: 53 (58%)
      Total votes cast: 91
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    • International, US, and India: Should doctors in Australia boycott working in its immigration centres?
      Yes: 173 (44%)
      No: 217 (56%)
      Total votes cast: 390
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    • International, US, and India: Should knee surgery for middle aged and older patients be stopped?
      Yes: 134 (26%)
      No: 374 (74%)
      Total votes cast: 508
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    • UK: Should migrants be charged for access to health services?
      Yes: 63 (49%)
      No: 66 (51%)
      Total votes cast: 129
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    • India: Is ayurveda medicine the key to universal healthcare in India?
      Yes: 6 (17%)
      No: 30 (83%)
      Total votes cast: 36
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    • US: Should the FDA approve "female Viagra" flibanserin?
      Yes: 6 (26%)
      No: 17 (74%)
      Total votes cast: 23
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    • International: Is a self rated health score that predicts the risk of death in the next five years of any practical use to patients?
      Yes: 152 (43%)
      No: 34 (57%)
      Total votes cast: 382
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    • UK: Should UK and overseas-trained doctors have to sit the same test to be admitted to the medical register?
      Yes: 166 (82%)
      No: 216 (18%)
      Total votes cast: 186
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    • UK: Who was the best UK health secretary?
      Jeremy Hunt: 5 (4%)
      Andrew Lansley: 1 (1%)
      Andy Burnham: 9 (7%)
      Alan Johnson: 19 (14%)
      Patricia Hewitt: 3 (2%)
      John Reid: 3 (2%)
      Alan Milburn: 17 (12%)
      Frank Dobson: 51 (37%)
      Stephen Dorrell: 6 (4%)
      Virginia Bottomley: 4 (3%)
      William Waldegrave: 3 (2%)
      Ken Clarke: 17 (12%)
      Total votes cast: 138
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    • US: Has the "conflict of interest movement" gone too far?
      Yes: 44 (41%)
      No: 63 (59%)
      Total votes cast: 107
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    • UK: Should the UK adopt an opt out system of organ donation?
      Yes: 134 (67%)
      No: 66 (33%)
      Total votes cast: 200
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    • International: Should cancer screening policies prioritise increasing participation or informing the public?
      Increasing participation: 12 (27%)
      Informing the public: 33 (73%)
      Total votes cast: 45
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    • US: Is the approval bar too low for cancer drugs?
      Yes: 42 (67%)
      No: 21 (33%)
      Total votes cast: 63
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    • India: Will new Indian growth charts help stem the rise in childhood obesity?
      Yes: 2 (40%)
      No: 3(60%)
      Total votes cast: 5
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    • UK: What should the new UK health secretary's top priority be?
      Mental health: 27 (19.15%)
      NHS finance: 48 (34.04%)
      Cancer: 7 (4.96%)
      Waiting times: 6 (4.26%)
      Workforce: 44 (31.21%)
      Other: 9 (6.38%)
      Total votes cast: 141
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    • UK: In whose hands is the NHS in England safest?
      Conservatives: 50 (25%)
      Labour: 106 (53%)
      Liberal Democrats: 15 (8%)
      UKIP: 8 (4%)
      Total votes cast: 199
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    • UK, US, India, and International: Can healthy people benefit from health apps?
      Yes: 108 (72%)
      No: 43 (28%)
      Total votes cast: 151
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    • UK, US, India, and International: Does hospital car parking affect patient care?
      Yes: 250 (88%)
      No: 34 (12%)
      Total votes cast: 284
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    • UK, US, India, and International: Should doctors be allowed to prescribe cheaper drugs such as Avastin 'off-label' when there is evidence of sufficient quality, efficacy, and safety?
      Yes: 284 (90%)
      No: 32 (10%)
      Total votes cast: 316
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    • UK, US, India, and International: Should authors be allowed to pay for fast track peer review of their paper?
      Yes: 37 (14%)
      No: 220 (86%)
      Total votes cast: 257
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    • UK, US, India, and International: Will drug makers' refusal to supply medicines for lethal injections lead to less humane forms of capital punishment?
      Yes: 75 (52%)
      No: 70 (48%)
      Total votes cast: 145
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    • UK, US, India, and International: Is it feasible to tell patients all the risks associated with a procedure or treatment?
      Yes: 88 (31%)
      No: 196 (61%)
      Total votes cast: 284
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    • UK: Is it the role of GPs to identify people at risk of cold homes?
      Yes: 30 (14%)
      No: 181 (86%)
      Total votes cast: 211
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    • US, India, and International: Have you ever feared criminal prosecution after the death of a patient?
      Yes: 32 (39%)
      No: 51 (61%)
      Total votes cast: 83
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    • UK: Should local authorities have direct control of health and social care budgets?
      Yes: 38 (35%)
      No: 70 (65%)
      Total votes cast: 108
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    • UK, US, India, and International: Is a smoking ban in parks and outdoor spaces a good idea?
      Yes: 386 (69%)
      No: 173 (31%)
      Total votes cast: 559
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    • UK: Can you take party politics out of the NHS?
      Yes: 46 (35%)
      No: 87 (65%)
      Total votes cast: 133
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    • US, India, and International: Would giving patients access to test results lead to worry and confusion?
      Yes: 75 (55%)
      No: 61 (45%)
      Total votes cast: 136
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    • UK US, India, and International: Should industry funding of nutrition research be banned?
      Yes: 126 (55%)
      No: 102 (45%)
      Total votes cast: 228
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    • UK: Is the NHS your top UK general election issue
      Yes: 120 (65%)
      No: 64 (35%)
      Total votes cast: 184
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    • US, India, and International: Should cost-effectiveness be the main driver for decision making on new vaccines?
      Yes: 24 (33%)
      No: 48 (67%)
      Total votes cast: 72
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    • UK: Is Lord Saatchi's medical innovation bill a "quack's charter" that will threaten patient safety?
      Yes: 119 (84%)
      No: 23 (16%)
      Total votes cast: 142
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    • US, India, and International: Is it ever acceptable for doctors to swear at work?
      Yes: 106 (49%)
      No: 110 (51%)
      Total votes cast: 216
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    • UK:Can private providers be trusted to run NHS hospitals after Hinchingbrooke?
      Yes: 31 (17%)
      No: 147 (83%)
      Total votes cast: 178
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    • US, India, and International: Is widespread screening for hepatitis C justified?
      Yes: 56 (45%)
      No: 69 (55%)
      Total votes cast: 125
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    • UK: Should school rugby be made safer?
      Yes: 92 (72%)
      No: 35 (28%)
      Total votes cast: 127
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    • UK, US, India, International :Should doctors encourage patients to record their consultations?
      Yes: 96 (37%)
      No: 189 (65%)
      Total votes cast: 285
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    Polls in 2014

    • UK: Which BMJ Confidential "pet hate" do you most share?
      Daily Mail: 162 (45%)
      Pomposity: 48 (13%)
      Privatisation: 42 (12%)
      Pomposity: 48 (13%)
      Toffs in power: 34 (9%)
      Misogyny: 33 (9%)
      Greed: 26 (7%)
      Jargon: 17 (5%)
      Total votes cast: 362
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    • US and International: Are some diets "mass murder"?
      Yes: 133 (74%)
      No: 46 (26%)
      Total votes cast: 179
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    • India: Should sterilization camps be discontinued?
      Yes: 35 (56%)
      No: 27 (44%)
      Total votes cast: 62
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    • UK: Should Scotland's reduced drink drive limit apply to the rest of the UK?
      Yes: 196 (78%)
      No: 54 (22%)
      Total votes cast: 250
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    • US and International: Do you write prescriptions for yourself?
      Yes: 155 (64%)
      No: 89 (36%)
      Total votes cast: 244
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    • UK: How would the extra £2bn for the NHS be best spent?
      Primary care: 83 (37%)
      Secondary care: 25 (11%)
      Social care: 31 (14%)
      Mental health 84 (38%)
      Total votes cast: 223
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    • UK, US, and International: Should advertisements for e-cigarettes be shown on TV?
      Yes: 54 (11%)
      No: 429 (89%)
      Total votes cast:483
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    • India: Can mobile phone reminders to patients improve treatment adherence?
      Yes: 23 (85%)
      No: 4 (15%)
      Total votes cast: 27
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    • UK, US, and International: Is measuring wellbeing a waste of time?
      Yes: 100 (39%)
      No: 156 (61%)
      Total votes cast: 256
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    • UK, US, India and International: Can overweight doctors give credible lifestyle advice to their patients?
      Yes: 184 (37%)
      No: 313 (63%)
      Total votes cast: 497
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    • UK, US, India and International: Should doctors encourage patients facing adversity to show a stiff upper lip?
      No: 126 (57%)
      Yes: 96 (43%)
      Total votes cast: 222
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    • UK: Is it ethical to pay GPs £55 for each new dementia diagnosis?
      No: 280 (88%)
      Yes: 40 (12%)
      Total votes cast: 320
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    • US, India, and International: Is mass flu vaccination a waste of time?
      Yes: 81 (44%)
      No: 103 (56%)
      Total votes cast: 184
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    • UK: Has the crisis in general practice in Britain been overstated?
      Yes: 31 (13%)
      No: 209 (87%)
      Total votes cast: 240
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    • India and International: Should medical schools teach sleep medicine?
      Yes: 72 (80%)
      No: 18 (20%)
      Total votes cast: 90
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    • US: Should all US adults aged 45 or older should be screened for abnormal blood sugar concentrations?
      Yes: 30 (77%)
      No: 9 (23%)
      Total votes cast: 39
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    • UK: Is the UK adopting a proportionate response to the Ebola outbreak?
      Yes: 55 (35%)
      No: 103 (65%)
      Total votes cast: 158
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    • US, India and International: Should doctors be subject to random drug tests?
      Yes: 110 (49%)
      No: 116 (51%)
      Total votes cast: 226
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    • UK: Is the private sector a good thing for the NHS?
      Yes: 75 (30%)
      No: 173 (70%)
      Total votes cast: 248
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    • UK: Is seven day access to GPs in England a good use of NHS resources?
      Yes: 78 (28%)
      No: 204 (78%)
      Total votes cast: 282
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    • UK, US, and international: Should we take patients in cardiac arrest to hospital?
      Yes: 171 (78%)
      No: 48 (22%)
      Total votes cast: 219
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    • India: Can India deliver on a pledge to cut neonatal mortality to 21 per 1000 live births by 2020?
      Yes: 1 (92%)
      No: 1 (8%)
      Total votes cast: 12
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    • India: Is it ethical to hire sherpas when climbing Mount Everest?
      Yes: 9 (47%)
      No: 10 (53%)
      Total votes cast: 19
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    • UK, US, and international: Should mammography screening be offered to women over 70?
      Yes: 88 (43%)
      No: 116 (57%)
      Total votes cast: 204
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    • UK, US, and international: Should surgeon specific mortality data be publicly available?
      Yes: 138 (48%)
      No: 149 (52%)
      Total votes cast: 287
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    • UK, US, and international: Should patients be able to email their doctor?
      Yes: 215 (47%)
      No: 246 (53%)
      Total votes cast: 461
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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
      Read related head to head debate here
    • 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
      Read related head to head debate here
    • 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
      Read related head to head debate here and here
    • US: Are clinical trial data shared sufficiently today?
      Yes: 7 (12%)
      No: 50 (88%)
      Total votes cast: 57
      Read related head to head debate here and here
    • 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
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    • India: Should the UK withdraw aid to India?
      Yes: 37.5% (24)
      No: 62.5% (40)
      Total votes cast: 64
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    • Is the Liverpool care pathway fit for purpose?
      Yes: 73% (467)
      No: 27% (173)
      Total votes cast: 640
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    • Should all cosmetic surgery advertising be banned?
      Yes: 64% (558)
      No: 36% (331)
      Total votes cast: 919
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    • Is it unethical to donate used cardioverter defibrillators to patients in India?
      Yes: 19% (194)
      No: 81% (834)
      Total votes cast: 1028
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    • 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
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    • Will calorie counts on vending machines reduce consumption of unhealthy foods?
      Yes: 50.23%
      No: 49.77%
      Total votes cast: 1099
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    • Is overtreatment an inevitable consequence of market based healthcare systems?
      Yes: 83%
      No: 17%
      Total votes cast: 878
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    • Would a "tan tax" on indoor tanning salons be an appropriate deterrent?
      Yes: 55%
      No: 45%
      Total votes cast: 664
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    • Does celebrity involvement in public health campaigns deliver long term benefit?
      Yes: 46.5%
      No: 53.5%
      Total votes cast: 535
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    • Is doctors' professional use of social media likely to result in more good than harm?
      Yes: 57%
      No: 43%
      Total votes cast: 516
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    • Are the causes of obesity mainly environmental?
      Yes: 68%
      No: 32%
      Total votes cast: 885
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    • Should altruistic kidney donors be able to choose the recipient of their kidney?
      Yes: 48.5%
      No: 51.5%
      Total votes cast: 633
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    • Do abstinence programmes have a role in the treatment of heroin addiction?
      Yes: 79%
      No: 21%
      Total votes cast: 315
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    • Should doctors allow families to veto organ donation requested by their dead relatives?
      Yes: 18.5%
      No: 81.5%
      Total votes cast: 1,570
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    • Has the current economic downturn adversely affected the health of your patients?
      Yes: 80%
      No: 20%
      Total votes cast: 348
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    • Should patients be able to control their own records?
      Yes: 58%
      No: 42%
      Total votes cast: 667
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    • Is their any point in measuring people's feelings of well-being?
      Yes: 75%
      No: 25%
      Total votes cast: 586
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    • Is fanaticism a form of madness?
      Yes: 50.9%
      No: 49.1%.
      Total votes cast: 668
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    • Should we screen for type 2 diabetes?
      Yes: 83%
      No: 17%.
      Total votes cast: 700
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    • Does having a medical parent help or hinder?
      Help: 79%
      Hinder: 29%.
      Total votes cast: 465
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    • Will the Olympics increase young people's participation in sport?
      Yes: 447 (49.9%%)
      No: 449 (50.1%)
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    • Should doctor's organisations be neutral on assisted dying?
      Yes: 1,137 (17%)
      No: 5,455 (83%)
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    • Should we abandon cervical spine manipulation for mechanical neck pain?
      Yes: 284 (24%)
      No: 876 (76%)
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    • Should addicts have their benefits cut if they refuse treatment?
      Yes: 806 (65%)
      No: 425 (35%)
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    • Should all adults over 50 get statins?
      Yes: 189 (21%)
      No: 704 (79%)
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    • Should child immunisation be mandatory?
      Yes: 813 (37%)
      No: 1366 (63%)
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    • Are doctors justified in taking industrial action in defence of their pensions?
      Yes: 514 (65%)
      No: 271 (35%)
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    • Should ophthalmologists be encouraged to use bevacizumab to treat age related macular degeneration?
      Yes: 257 (75%)
      No: 85 (25%)
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    • 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%)
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    • Should doctors have a stronger voice in policy on illegal drug use?
      Yes: 984 (83%)
      No: 198 (17%)
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    • Will minimum alcohol pricing reduce problem drinking?
      Yes: 258 (33%)
      No: 527 (67%)
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    • Should health professionals take a leading role in tackling climate change?
      Yes: 325 (45%)
      No: 394 (55%)
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    • Should Tony Nicklinson, who has locked in syndrome, get medical help to end his life?
      Yes: 748 (37%)
      No: 1285 (63%)
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    • Should everyone over 65 be screened for atrial fibrillation?
      Yes: 498 (61%)
      No: 312 (39%)
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    • Does psychoanalysis have a place in modern mental health?
      Yes: 575 (63%)
      No: 342 (37%)
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    • Should journals allow peer review only after publication?
      Yes: 26% (118)
      No: 74% (344)
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    • Should we use elective ventilation to increase organ donation?
      Yes: 66% (313)
      No: 34% (163)
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    • Is providing hospital services seven days a week worth the extra cost?
      Yes: 77% (759)
      No: 23% (223)
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    • Should the Health and Social Care Bill for England now be withdrawn?
      Yes: 92% (2710)
      No: 8% (241)
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    • Does anyone understand why we need the government's plans for the NHS?
      Yes: 20% (154)
      No: 80% (607)
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    • Should public funds pay when private healthcare goes wrong?
      Yes: 18% (190)
      No: 82% (865)
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    • Should doctors be able to self prescribe?
      Yes: 65% (1052)
      No: 35% (562)
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    • Should governments be allowed to censor research because of biosecurity fears?
      Yes: 252 (42%)
      No: 344 (58%)
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    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%)
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    • Should we treat lower urinary tract symptoms without a definitive diagnosis?
      Yes: 513 (57%)
      No: 382 (43%)
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    • Should the drug industry be given anonymised patient data?
      Yes: 432 (48%)
      No: 469 (52%)
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    • Should women be able to request a caesarean section?
      Yes: 694 (46%)
      No: 809 (54%)
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    • Has the closure of psychiatric beds gone too far?
      Yes: 539 (85%)
      No: 92 (15%)
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    • Should doctors encourage people to donate a kidney to a stranger?
      Yes: 420 (36%)
      No: 740 (64%)
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    • Do we need to curb population growth to improve global health?
      Yes: 1,105 (77%)
      No: 334 (23%)
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    • Should journals sell reprints?
      Yes: 78 (41%)
      No: 110 (59%)
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    • 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%)
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    • Should GP practices be visited without warning to assess quality of care?
      Yes: 343 (81%)
      No: 80 (19%)
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    • Does the evidence support the use of mild hypothermia after cardiac arrest?
      Yes: 106 (73%)
      No: 40 (27%)
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    • Should we regulate the food industry or work with it to tackle NCDs?
      Regulate it: 87 (74%)
      Work with it: 30 (26%)
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    • Should countries introduce minimum alcohol pricing?
      Yes: 162 (61%)
      No: 105 (39%)
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    • Should publicly funded research bodies be allowed to withhold research data from industry?
      Yes: 111 (45%)
      No: 133 (55%)
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    • Should families of drug users be provided with naloxone?
      Yes: 170 (66%)
      No: 87 (34%)
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    • Is the WHO irrelevant?
      Yes: 171 (33%)
      No: 349 (67%)
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    • Should the FDA loosen its conflict of interest rules for advisers?
      Yes: 40 (22%)
      No: 144 (78%)
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    • Should postgraduate membership exams No: longer be held overseas?
      No: 128 (53%)
      Yes: 115 (47%)
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    • Does the use of medical titles by non-doctors mislead patients?
      Yes: 444 (83%)
      No: 89 (17%)
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    • Should it be compulsory for adult cyclists to wear helmets?
      Yes: 462 (32%)
      No: 978 (68%)
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    • Are open data a good thing?
      Yes: 143 (82%)
      No: 31 (18%)
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    • Is there evidence that competition in healthcare is a good thing?
      No: 276 (73%)
      Yes: 101 (27%)
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    • Should the Health and Social Care Bill now be withdrawn?
      Yes: 1027 (93%)
      No: 74 (7%)
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    • Does knowledge of arts and culture make doctors better clinicians?
      Yes: 346 (80%)
      No: 88 (20%)
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    • Should HIV tests be offered to all patients attending emergency departments?
      Yes: 280 (67%)
      No: 135 (33%)
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    • "Are digital rectal examinations performed in primary care a waste of time?"
      No: 278 (65%)
      Yes: 153 (35%)
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    • 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%)
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    • Should the law on assisted dying be changed?
      Yes: 203 (31%)
      No: 462 (69%)
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    • Is nudge an effective public health strategy to tackle obesity?
      Yes: 61 (34%)
      No: 117 (66%)
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    • 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%)
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    • Should the opportunity to sit in on surgery be auctioned to the highest bidder?
      No: 277 (86%)
      Yes: 44 (14%)
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    • 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%)
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    • 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%)
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    • Should health systems stop supporting low volume units?
      No: 156 (64%)
      Yes: 87 (36%)
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    • Is the UK coalition government turning the clock back on advances in public health?
      Yes: 211 (78%)
      No: 59 (22%)
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    • Should the law on orphan drugs be changed?
      Yes: 112 (77%)
      No: 33 (23%)
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    • Should rationing of drugs be done by individual doctors or by a national body?
      National body: 322 (70%)
      Individual doctors: 137 (30%)
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    • Does choice matter more to politicians and patient advocates than it does to patients?
      Yes: 220 (66%)
      No: 113 (34%)
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    • Are the cuts fair?
      No: 146 (62%)
      Yes: 90 (38%)
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    • Should drug misusers be paid to be sterilised?
      No: 314 (68%)
      Yes: 145 (32%)
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    • 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%)
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    • Should all athletes have ECG screening?
      Yes: 236 (71.5%)
      No: 94 (28.5%)
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    • 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%)
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    • Should egg and sperm donors be paid more to reduce shortages in IVF clinics?
      Yes: 124 (44%)
      No: 159 (56%)
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    • Should ending mixed sex wards be a government priority?
      Yes: 108 (34%)
      No: 210 (66%)
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    • 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%)
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    • 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%)
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    • 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%)
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    • Is offering unemployment advice part of a family doctor's remit?
      No: 175 (71%)
      Yes: 72 (29%)
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    • 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%)
      Related head to head
    • Should the NHS strive to eradicate all unexplained variation in practice?
      No: 181 (65%)
      Yes: 96 (35%)
      Related head to head
    • 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%)
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    • 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%)
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    • 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%)
      Related research
    • 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: (%)
      Read related head to head debate: Yes; No
    • 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%)         
      Read related analysis.
    • 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%)  
      Read related personal view.
    • Should immunisation be mandatory for healthcare workers (Novermber 2008)
      Votes: Yes: 493 (62%); No: 302 (38%)
      Related head to head debate: Yes; No
    • 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%)
      Read related editorial and features (International action on migration of health workers, Fighting the brain drain)
    • Should doctors lead on rationing decisions? (October 2008)
      Votes: Yes: 155 (62%); No: 93 (38%)
      Read related editorial, feature, and analysis (Clinical priority setting, Accountability for reasonableness, Moving forward on rationing)
    • Does NICE deserve its bad press? (October 2008)
      Votes: Yes: 166 votes (41%); No: 236 (59%)
      Read related observations article
    • Should there be a ceiling on what percentage of GDP countries spend on health? (September 2008)
      Votes: Yes: 101 (34%); No: 199 (66%)
      Read related head to head debate: Yes; No.
    • Should medical records remain confidential after a patient's death? (September 2008)
      Votes: Yes: 431 (69%); No: 195 (31%)
      Read related news.
    • 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%)
      Read related editorial.
    • Should the NHS fund drugs that have not yet been approved by NICE?
      (August 2008)
      Votes: Yes: 264 (43%); No: 354 (57%)
      Read related news.
    • Should failed asylum seekers be denied free primary care?
      (July 2008)
      Votes: Yes: 289 (36%); No: 518 (64%)
      Read related personal view.
    • 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%)
      Read related editor's choice.
    • 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%)