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BMJ Best Practice

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How to access BMJ Best Practice for the first time via OpenAthens.

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Comorbidities Manager now available within BMJ Best Practice

Rising to the comorbidities challenge  

Both senior and junior healthcare professionals in the acute setting often struggle with the diagnosis and treatment of patients who present with existing conditions.

In the UK, one in three adults suffer from multiple chronic conditions and most patients in the acute setting have more than one medical condition. This is a significant and costly global problem.

Managing the treatment of patients with comorbidities is hard – clinical guidelines only focus on single conditions – but failure to manage comorbidities leads to worse clinical outcomes and longer lengths of stay.

In response to this, BMJ has integrated the Comorbidities Manager into BMJ Best Practice. This is the only point of care tool that supports the management of the whole patient by including guidance on the treatment of a patient’s acute condition alongside their pre-existing comorbidities. 

Healthcare professionals are prompted to consider the patient’s comorbidities when accessing treatment information. The tool then produces an initial management plan that is tailored to the unique needs of the patient. Content is written using evidence-based guidelines, as well as by Clinical Experts.

Treating the acute presentation alongside existing conditions in this way enables hospitals to increase quality of care and efficiencies through the effective management of the patient. 

This in turn means:

  • better clinical outcomes
  • shorter hospital stays
  • and fewer readmissions.

Watch these videos to learn more about the Comorbidities Manager:

How to use the Comorbidities Manager

Hear from the Comorbidities Expert Panel


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1. How to access BMJ Best Practice via your institution’s network

2. How to download the BMJ Best Practice app

3. Searching and browsing on BMJ Best Practice

4. Important Updates on BMJ Best Practice

5. Junior Doctor Induction video


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Join one of our training sessions, designed to demonstrate the use of BMJ Best Practice which answers any clinical questions and supports decision making at the point of care. 


Hear from others about their experience using BMJ Best Practice

Read real-life stories from healthcare professionals shaping the future of patient care using evidence-based medicine from BMJ Best Practice.

Specialty flyers with quick links


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Resilience in Healthcare






Alcohol and Drug Abuse


GP Toolkit



Scarlet Fever




Clinical Scenarios | Can you diagnose this patient?





Could you be the next BMJ Best Practice Clinical Champion?


BMJ Best Practice Clinical Champions are Doctors, Nurse, Midwives, GPs, Paramedics and AHPs who raise awareness and use of BMJ Best Practice by actively promoting and supporting its use locally within their organisation, professional groups and networks. Clinical Champions have the flexibility to promote BMJ Best Practice as and when opportunities arise. They are recognised as key contributors to the continuous development of the tool and undertake a valuable role in the campaign to ensure that all NHS staff are aware of and are confident in the use of BMJ Best Practice.

Hear from some of our Champions:

“BMJ Best Practice provides evidence-based support to clinicians, enabling reliable decision making. Undertaking the role of a Clinical Champion allows me to contribute to the development of this essential resource and help to make a positive impact on patient care across the NHS”

Dr Neel Kothari
FY2 Doctor
Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust


“BMJ Best Practice is a reliable resource which facilitates safe, sensible and open discussion about patient diagnosis and treatment. Being a Clinical Champion allows me to enable colleagues to effectively access this and bolster multidisciplinary team-working dynamics”


Dr Amil Mair
FY1 General Surgery
County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust


“All doctors have had to take the nerve-wracking dive into on-call shifts. By undertaking the role of BMJ Best Practice Clinical Champion, I’m advocating for an app that improves that experience by supplying evidence-based medical advice at the touch of a button”


Dr Alex Screawn
FY3 General Medicine
South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust


“Being a BMJ Best Practice Clinical Champion is a sociable and rewarding way to help clinical staff feel more confident in their professional roles”


Dr Sarah Aldridge
Infectious Diseases Clinical Research Fellow, FY3
Newcastle Upon Tyne NHS Foundation Trust

If you are interested to learn more about becoming a BMJ Best Practice Clinical Champion or about introducing the role within your Trust, please download the role flyer or contact