Happy Christmas!

Father ChristmasSeasonal cheer…

If you feel sorry for Santa Claus at this time of year, then perhaps think again… and feel for his GP and the other healthcare professionals who have to manage this difficult and demanding patient who has a staggering list of chronic health problems, mental and physical it seems!

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Battling bad science

Thilo has recommended this great 15 min presentation by Ben Goldacre, who gets straight to the point in showing how evidence can be distorted and how to take a more critical approach to evaluating evidence

Battling Bad Science




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Discover Nursing…Recommended site of the week!

Discover Nursing: Top research and what’s new in our books and journals.

For free articles and resources visit:


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Students…Get Published!

The Dundee University Nursing Research unit are starting The Scottish Universities Medical Journal (SUMJ). The SUMJ is a medical and nursing students’ journal aimed at students studying in Scottish universities. We are seeking articles from all medical and nursing students at Dundee. We welcome papers about clinical practice or research affecting patients or students.

Examples of work the SUMJ invites students to submit are:

  • Student Selected Component Write-Ups of Interest.
  • BSc Project dissertation summaries.
  • Lab Research Abstracts/Full Articles.
  • Summer Project Abstracts/Full Articles.
  • Case Reports from ward experience.
  • Articles on Medical Education

As a very articles should be around 1500-2500 words. All work will be reviewed by consultants and medical students.

This is an excellent way to get published! Students wishing to submit for other journals or present work at conferences should  note that the journal does not require any exclusivity for the articles.

To submit please email your articles to sumjdundee@gmail.com and to L.D.Hughes@dundee.ac.uk, including the type of article (e.g. case report, abstract) you are submitting in the subject line.

The submission of work page can be found at and includes all relevant information: http://sumj.eusa.ed.ac.uk

Lloyd Hughes and all the Dundee SUMJ Team

4th year student; Editor in Chief (Dundee branch)

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Recommended site of the week

…check out this very versatile website which includes such topics as:

More time for research: Fund people not projects
Cancer Genomics
Science and the City

…got you interested? Then why not visit:


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Welcome new Students




We would like to welcome new students from all corners of the world, many of you will be undertaking the School’s new degree programmes. SNM-Centrepoint is a community for everyone linked with the School whatever you study, whereever you are based.

To find out more about your learning environment: http://www.dundee.ac.uk/admissions/mydundee/

To find out more about the School’s research: http://www.dundee.ac.uk/nursingmidwifery/research/

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Recommended publication of the week

The article is published in Worldviews on evidence-based nursing:

‘Collaboration between Researchers and Health Care Providers in Bridging the Gap between Research and Practice: Some Observations from a Natural Experiment’



Worldviews on Evidence-Based Nursing is now ranked as the #1 journal in the Thomson Reuters journal citation report. With a  impact factor of 1.9 in 2009, there has never been a better time to be thinking of getting your work published in Worldviews on Evidence-Based Nursing.

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Recommendation of the week… TRIP database

Thilo recommends the TRIP database http://www.tripdatabase.com/ for current evidence on clinical topics. You can register with the site to access additional CPD and other resources.

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NHS Evidence… linking research and patient care

Acne to allergies. Gallstones to gout. NHS Evidence takes you straight to evidence on all sort of conditions, as well an integrating other useful evidence-based tools, such as NICE Pathways (watch this space) and public health the National Library for Public Health.

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Bandolier – site of the week

Fancy a bit of mad cows and ecstasy or are you up to your armpits in alligators? Why not check out quality control in systematic reviews and communicating evidence?

Bandolier is an independent online resource about evidence-based healthcare located in Oxford. It covers topics from acute pain to women’s health and everything in between.

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