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Who we are

We help healthcare professionals and organisations around the world to improve the care they provide.

Since 1840 BMJ has been a distinctive and trusted voice in the development of improved healthcare. During that time we have challenged convention, promoted innovation and led debates, all with the aim of improving patient outcomes.

Today’s BMJ continues that tradition by publishing new academic research, providing professional development solutions and creating new information-analysis tools.

Our objective remains to support medical professionals and organisations in continuously improving the delivery of quality healthcare.

Humble beginnings

Since starting out as a single medical journal with our first research paper in 1840, BMJ has developed a vast range of diverse and complex capabilities to serve today’s global healthcare challenges. We employ over 470 staff worldwide, including an extensive range of clinical editors, technical experts and peer reviewers (3,500 of the latter for BMJ Best Practice alone).

Our Journals division now publishes over 50 of the world’s leading medical and allied science journals, pioneering the migration towards digital publishing and open access. We are especially proud of the quality assurance of all BMJ content. Our clinical editors go through robust peer review processes and our transparent standards ensure content of the highest quality.

BMJ has been in publishing for over 170 years. We continue to select the best articles, studies and randomised controlled trials, while widening our knowledge portfolio to meet the ever-challenging needs of healthcare professionals. In the past 20 years we have increasingly focused on evidence based practice. We launched BMJ Clinical Evidence in 1999, to critically appraise and summarise the research around interventions in important conditions.

It soon became clear that clinicians needed to be able to access evidence-based systematic reviews and support tools at the point of care.  It was then that BMJ Best Practice, our online referential decision support tool, was born. Following in the successful footsteps of BMJ Clinical Evidence, BMJ Best Practice also quickly became the established decision support tool for use anywhere, anytime.

Increasingly, we deliver our products through multimedia and mobile channels. Our capabilities extend to clinical audit software and our team of health information specialists continues to make that technology more relevant to the clinical frontline. We confidently provide the latest knowledge: our evidence engine continually scanning anything new to keep our products up to date.

We also have specialist knowledge in a number of fields, including over 10 years’ medical education experience, supporting clinicians throughout their careers. BMJ Learning has over 1,000 evidence based modules covering 70 specialities. Over 370,000 users have registered worldwide and it is a recognised, accredited source of CPD/CME points in several countries.

We further extended our specialist expertise with the launch of BMJ Quality in 2012. It has since developed into an international repository of Quality Improvement projects and an online open access Quality Improvement Reports Journal. This, combined with our Quality Improvement Platform, enables users to plan, collaborate on and measure benefits from their Quality Improvement projects – all within a standard, international template. Once completed, it can be automatically submitted for fast-track publishing in the Journal.

Finally, BMJ recognises the importance of data in today’s health care systems. High quality data enables an organisation to understand and prioritise their needs and measure the impact of any changes. Our analytics team and integrated software systems help organisations to extract and interpret this data. We also help them improve data quality, develop realistic clinical performance indicators and implement solutions to target these.

By sharing our information, analytical tools and technology, BMJ helps healthcare professionals and organisations improve the care they provide.


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