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With our regular podcast, we aim to provide you with up to date interviews and debate with opinion leaders in health and medicine, from our studio or from conferences. Listen in and let us have your comments at podcasts.bmj.com

    Talk Evidence - excess deaths, the ONS, and the healthcare crisis

    Talk Evidence - excess deaths, the ONS, and the healthcare crisis

    In this week's episode, we're focusing on covid and the ongoing crisis in the NHS.

    Helen Macdonald, Juan Franco and Joseph Ross cast their evidence seeking eyes over research into outcomes as well as the workload of doctors.

    Firstly, Joe tells us about a new big data study into longer term outcomes after mild covid-19, how those ongoing symptoms relate to long covid, and how often they resolve themselves.

    Juan looks back to his homeland to see what Argentina which was very early to offer children vaccinations against covid-19. He tells us how a new study design can help understand how effective different combinations of vaccines were.

    Joe has a Danish registry paper, which links people's employment status after a MI, explains how that gives us an insight into morbidity following that event.

    Helen looks at a new analysis which outlines the concept of "time needed to treat" - a measure of how much time it would take a clinician to actually carry out a guideline - and you'd be surprised how much GP time would be swallowed by a "brief" intervention to reduce inactivity in their patients.

    Finally, the data on excess mortality in the UK has been up for debate recently - our health minister calling into question the Office of National Statistic's data. We hear from Nazrul Islam, Associate professor of medical statistics, advisor to the ONS and BMJ research editor, who has some bad news for him.

    Reading list:
    Long covid outcomes at one year after mild SARS-CoV-2 infection

    Effectiveness of mRNA-1273, BNT162b2, and BBIBP-CorV vaccines against infection and mortality in children in Argentina, during predominance of delta and omicron covid-19 variants

    Guidelines should consider clinicians’ time needed to treat

    Expanding the measurement of overdiagnosis in the context of disease precursors and risk factors

    Excess deaths associated with covid-19 pandemic in 2020

    • 52 min
    Formal Training Pathways, are they really all that?

    Formal Training Pathways, are they really all that?

    One size doesn’t fit all - so what are the alternative career paths of doctors in the NHS? The treadmill of medical school, to foundation training, to specialist training, to a consultant position takes years and is not very trainee-centric in it’s design.

    So are there other ways for doctors to be able to work in the NHS, still progress their career, but also tailor the job to themselves? And what are the drawbacks of trying to do that?

    In this podcast, Clara Munro is joined by Flo Wedmore and new panelist Jason Ramsingh, a surgical trainee in Newcastle. They speak to Rob Fleming an SAS (speciality and associate specialist) doctor in anaesthetics.

    • 59 min
    Conflict and food global food insecurity

    Conflict and food global food insecurity

    As we gear up for the winter in the northern hemisphere, the need to stay warm and eat well is pressing - but in 2022, there are global pressures working against us.

    Russia invaded Ukraine, and the subsequent restrictions on exports from both of those countries is being felt in terms of fuel costs - but also food costs. At the same time, this year has seen droughts and flooding which have affected global food production, as well as continuing restrictions around covid and economic activity.

    All of these factors are working together to increase food insecurity.

    Our Guests;
    Sheryl Hendricks, professor of food security at the University of Pretoria
    Renzo Guinto, chief planetary doctor at PH Lab
    Tim Benton, director of the Environment and Society Programme at Chatham House.

    • 44 min
    Talking evidence at Christmas

    Talking evidence at Christmas

    It's almost time for the Christmas edition of the BMJ to hit your doormats, and in this festive edition of Talk Evidence we're going to be talking Christmas research.

    Joining Helen and Juan, we have Tim Feeney, BMJ research editor and researcher into Surgical outcomes at Boston University.

    In this episode we'll be hearing about the health of footballers, and if a career in the sport predisposes Swedish players to substance use disorders. We'll hear about the performance of BMJ’s editors, when it comes to assessing the impact of a paper. We'll find out if AI algorithms can pass UK radiology exams, misinformation and a belief that everything causes cancer, and finally, some tips from BMJ’s statisticians to set the world right

    • 34 min


    In this episode of the Dr. Informed podcast, the topic of discussion is death and dying, and how to involve patients in DNACPR decisions.

    The panel discuss the importance of doctors having discussions with patients about end-of-life care as a way of creating the best possible death for patients. The conversation also touches on the challenges that doctors may face when having these difficult discussions and they give some advice on how they to overcome them.

    Joining Clara are;
    Mark Taubert, palliative care consultant, and national chair of future care planning for the Welsh Government
    Kat Shelley, an anaesthetics trainee, who has stage four breast cancer, and is receiving palliative care
    Lucy-Anne Frank, an elderly care consultant.

    The article "Do not resuscitate me in Barbados" is published by BMJ Supportive and Palliative Care, and is free to access at;

    • 1 hr
    Talk Evidence - endometriosis, falling, and better EBM

    Talk Evidence - endometriosis, falling, and better EBM

    In this month's episode, Helen Juan and Joe delve into the clinical - with a new review of endometriosis, and why the difficulty in diagnosis has lead to a dearth of evidence and attention on the condition.

    Joe tells us about a risk prediction tool that could be useful in helping to mitigate some of the problems of antihypertensive treatments.

    We're also having a geek out about a group of papers we've published lately, on how well evidence is created, maintained, and diseminated.

    Reading list;

    Development and external validation of a risk prediction model for falls in patients with an indication for antihypertensive treatment: retrospective cohort study

    Pathophysiology, diagnosis, and management of endometriosis

    Effective knowledge mobilisation: creating environments for quick generation, dissemination, and use of evidence

    Consistency of covid-19 trial preprints with published reports and impact for decision making: retrospective review

    Changing patterns in reporting and sharing of review data in systematic reviews with meta-analysis of the effects of interventions: a meta-research study from the REPRISE project

    • 47 min

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