Practical papers on clinical practiceBMJ 1998; 316 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.316.7136.0 (Published 28 March 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:0
The first aim of the BMJ is to help doctors practise better medicine. And as most of our readers are clinicians that means publishing information on how to manage patients better. Sometimes that can be tough to achieve because the link between research and practice may be tenuous. Two authors describe, for instance, how they approached 75 epidemiological studies on cardiovascular disease and combined oral contraceptives with a straightforward clinical question (p 984). Only five of the studies helped them directly, although 14 could have been useful if the information had been presented …
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