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How “stataphobia” is preventing publication and other stories . . .

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 22 January 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f366

Stataphobia—an abnormal fear of research design and statistics—prevents publication, tenure, and scientific recognition. The Library of Alexandria Super Research Methods Help Desk in Egypt aims to help researchers in the developing world get published in major journals. A scientist in Russia will screen questions before inviting you to enter a “research door.” Once through, you will be given access to relevant lectures and materials, and 20 international experts from the research world will be on hand to answer questions. Expansion of the service may follow in other Arab countries and central Asia. For more information, contact Ron LaPorte at

Does poor practice or a changing complaints culture explain the record number of complaints to the UK’s General Medical Council? Despite a sharp drop in the number of general practitioners being suspended for professional concerns, more patients are complaining—which is being put down to an emerging complaints culture (Casebook A similar picture is seen for surgeons. Patient expectations are climbing, medicine is becoming more complex, and the gap between expectations and what the NHS can …

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