Our values give us the focus and direction to bring about our vision of creating a healthier world.
The BMJ Values are an important part of our culture. They define who we are and how we behave.
For many years, our Editor-in-Chief Fiona Godlee and her team have been featured in the media for her role in taking on the medical establishment for the benefit of patients and healthcare in general.
Integrity in medicine is high on our agenda, so frontline staff are empowered to drive change to improve patient outcomes and create a healthier world.
Our Values represent the work we do every day and are integrated in our business decisions and strategy.
The BMJ published two articles questioning the value of giving statins to low risk groups. These were corrected after an error was highlighted. But when a senior academic said both articles should be retracted, the editor referred the matter to an independent panel. The panel eventually endorsed The BMJ’s approach, saying it had acted in line with publication ethics guidelines. Read the full story on thebmj.com/statins.
The BMJ is the first ever medical journal to receive the ‘Patients Included’ award for its strategy to encourage doctors and patients to work together as partners to improve healthcare. “People with experience of illness and using health services have much to teach us,” says Patient Partnership Editor, Dr Tessa Richards. “We want partnership to be integral to how we work and think; as well as what we advocate for.”
The BMJ published an expert review that questioned the effectiveness of Tamiflu to prevent flu complications in healthy people – and highlighted the wider issue of missing trial data undermining doctors’ abilities to prescribe treatments with confidence. This led to the BMJ’s ‘Open Data’ campaign, which, still today, improves the transparency of clinical trials around the world. More on thebmj.com/campaigns.