BMJ 2012; 344 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e3043 (Published 02 May 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e3043

Condom use by married and cohabiting couples rose substantially in South Africa and Uganda between 1998 and 2008. The proportion of husbands reporting condom use in South Africa rose from 2.5% to 12%, and from 5.5% to 12.5% among wives. Corresponding proportions in Uganda rose from 1.1% to 8.3% for husbands and from 4% to 8.6% for wives. The researchers regarded these results as encouraging, and suggested that the discrepancy in reporting between husbands and wives reflected the perceived stigma for husbands to admit to condom use in 1998 (AIDS Care 2012;24:444-50, doi:10.1080/09540121.2011.613913).

Surgical theatre efficiency often focuses on start times and “starting on time,” but an analysis of more than 7000 theatre lists from two hospitals in the United Kingdom found that start and finish times were poorly correlated, and that cancellation rates did not increase with late starts (Anaesthesia 2012, doi:10.1111/j.1365-2044.2012.07160.x). Lists with no scheduled gaps still had …

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