Rapid responses are electronic letters to the editor. They enable our users to debate issues raised in articles published on thebmj.com. Although a selection of rapid responses will be included online and in print as readers' letters, their first appearance online means that they are published articles. If you need the url (web address) of an individual response, perhaps for citation purposes, simply click on the response headline and copy the url from the browser window. Letters are indexed in PubMed.
The TRIP Database (www.tripdatabase.com) is a free clinical search
engine that focuses on 'evidence based' material. We have included
Cochrane as one of the resources we search. In response to the above
article we analysed which Cochrane reviews were most popular by users of
our site. TRIP is well used with over a million searches per month, it
has a 70:30 split in clinician:patient usage and its major usage comes
from English-language countries.
For 2007 Cochrane accounted for 2.6% of all articles viewed from the
TRIP Database. The top ten results being:
1) Prevention and treatment of postpartum hypertension
2) Cephalic version by moxibustion for breech presentation
3) Rehabilitation for distal radial fractures in adults
4) Preoperative hair removal to reduce surgical site infection
5) Cranberries for preventing urinary tract infections
6) Vaginal misoprostol for cervical ripening and induction of labour
7) Screening for breast cancer with mammography
8) Glucosamine therapy for treating osteoarthritis
9) Developmental care for promoting development and preventing
morbidity in preterm infants
10) Antibiotics for sore throat
The lack of overlap is interesting, perhaps explained by the wider
range of 'evidence based' articles in TRIP (users can view other evidence
based material over Cochrane) and our wider reach.