Editorials

Connecting doctors, patients, and the evidence

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.326.7391.674 (Published 29 March 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:674

Excerpts from BestTreatments give the same evidence to doctors and patients

  1. Beth Nash ([email protected]), physicians editor,
  2. Cherrill Hicks ([email protected]), consumer editor,
  3. Luisa Dillner ([email protected]), chief executive officer
  1. BestTreatments, BMJ Publishing Group Ltd, London WC1H 9JR

    Clinical review p 700

    The BMJ has devoted itself to the information needs of doctors for over 160 years. Increasingly we feel that to help doctors we must pay attention to the information needs of patients too. This week we publish the first excerpt from BestTreatments, a website built by the BMJ Publishing Group for patients and their doctors that looks at the effectiveness of treatments for chronic medical conditions (p 700).

    At a time when there's a glut of medical websites (some of them junk), why should the BMJ Publishing Group be setting up another one? Firstly, we felt we had something unique to offer. The site is based on Clinical Evidence, also published by the BMJ Publishing Group. Clinical Evidence is recognised internationally as a gold standard for evidence based information. To translate it into something patients and primary care doctors could easily understand and act on seemed too good an opportunity to miss.

    Secondly, we …

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