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How to Download the app

  1. Visit the BMJ Best Practice website and log in through your institution via OpenAthens.
  2. Click ‘Create account‘ for a personal account or 'Log in' if you already have one.
  3. Visit your Apple or Google Play store, search for ‘BMJ Best Practice’ and download app.
  4. Use your BMJ Best Practice ‘personal account’ details to sign in and download the content.

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How to Access

  1. You can access BMJ Best Practice either via the Knowledge Network, or via OpenAthens.
  2. To access via OpenAthens, Click on 'Access BMJ Best Practice' button below.
  3. Select the 'Access through your institution' option and sign in with your OpenAthens account credentials.
  4. Once you have logged in, create your free personal account.
  5. Then visit Google Play or the App store to download the award-winning app.
  6. To access via the Knowledge Network whilst on NHS premises, visit
  7. Then select your preferred BMJ resource.

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Get published in the world’s largest online repository of case reports. BMJ Case Reports is an award winning journal that delivers a focused, peer-reviewed, valuable collection of cases in all disciplines. All NHS Scotland faculty, staff and students can submit and publish case reports.

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  3. Enter your OpenAthens username and password credentials.

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