Chesterfield Royal Hospital: Support for everyone on the clinical floor

Dr Tim Mossad, a Consultant in Emergency Medicine at Chesterfield Royal Hospital explains how BMJ Best Practice is a valuable learning resource for undergraduate medical students.

By Dr Tim Mossad
Sep 08, 2021

Keeping up with the accelerating pace of research

“In an ideal world, every patient would receive optimal treatment all the time. While we strive to achieve this for patients, the reality is we can’t always deliver it within an overstretched health system. To close the gap between expectations and reality, one of the things we can do is ensure we are practising evidence-based medicine and that we continue to update our knowledge, skills and behaviours.

In a challenging emergency department (ED) environment, having access to a point of care clinical decision support tool can be vital. Information on BMJ Best Practice is easily accessible, enables you to learn fast and helps you stay updated. In my opinion there is nothing else like it.

With the accelerating pace of research, keeping current with the latest evidence is becoming increasingly harder. Even during my working lifetime I can see the explosion of knowledge coming through at a far faster rate than it was a few years ago. With BMJ Best Practice, information is constantly updated, which is immensely helpful when seeking to make evidence-based decisions using the latest knowledge.”

"In my opinion there is nothing else like it."

Dr Tim Mossad, Consultant in Emergency Medicine

“BMJ Best Practice is useful for everyone on the clinical floor and provides quick and easy access to information to support diagnosis and treatment options. It’s also valuable as a learning resource. For medical students, BMJ Best Practice could be used very effectively to help students translate theory into clinical practice on the wards.

It certainly works a lot better than some of the resources I used 15 years ago. In fact,as a learning resource, I’d say it’s educationally brilliant.

Having access to constantly updated, evidence-based information to use during clinical practice is immensely helpful. When searching for conditions everything is succinct and detailed. I’m just looking at the Coronavirus one now, and it’s completely updated, with everything logically set up.”

 

“It certainly works a lot better than some of the resources I used 15 years ago. In fact, as a learning resource, I’d say it’s educationally brilliant.”

Dr Tim Mossad, Consultant in Emergency Medicine

Everything in one place

“BMJ Best Practice takes you through the aetiology, the background of the condition and the approach to management. It pulls everything together into one place. I’d strongly consider moving towards this tool as a primary go-to resource.

If you could combine key medical textbooks, with the Oxford Handbook of Clinical Medicine, add in systematic reviews, along with some of the best guidelines available and amalgamate them in one place – you’d end up with BMJ Best Practice.”

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