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The last few issues of the BMJ, which have included a systematic analysis involving over 1 million individuals , support for 'n of 1" trials [2,3] and serious concerns about translation of research findings into clinical care [4,5], have clearly highlighted that when it comes to patient studies only three things really matter - quality, quality & quality!
1. Renata Micha et al. Global, regional, and national consumption levels of dietary fats and oils in 1990 and 2010: a systematic analysis including 266 country-specific nutrition surveys. BMJ 2014;348:g2272.
2. Michael D Rawlins. The “Saatchi bill” will allow responsible innovation in treatment. BMJ 2014;348:g2771.
3. Philip Sedgewick. What is an “n-of-1” trial? BMJ 2014;348:g2674.
4. Nick Freemantle & Greta Rait. Trials of autologous bone marrow stem cells for heart disease. BMJ 2014;348:g2750.
5. Stephen Bernard. Inducing hypothermia after out of hospital cardiac arrest. BMJ 2014;348:g2735.
No competing interests
06 May 2014
Mark Davies consultant
Royal Liverpool & Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust