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Self management of depression and other stories . . .

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i700 (Published 10 February 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i700

Pull yourself together

Samuel Smiles proclaimed the key virtues of Victorian liberalism in Self Help (1859): hard work and optimism. An in depth interview study in Social Science and Medicine (doi:10.1016/j.socscimed.2016.01.022) examines the “Self-management of depression in neoliberal Australia.” Neoliberalism uses a rhetoric of patient empowerment and self help, while often leaving patients stranded between agencies they feel have little interest in them. In this way it achieves its main aim—reducing service use by unprofitable clients.

DOACs in real life

Novel oral anticoagulants (NOACs) are now called DOACs—direct oral anticoagulants. Dabigatran, a direct thrombin inhibitor, has been around for long enough to allow a systematic review of observational studies comparing it with warfarin for the prevention of stroke in atrial fibrillation (Circ Cardiovasc …

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