Is clinical otolaryngology publishing patient-centred research?

C Bem, Christopher Lee, R Dawson, John Watkinson

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We asked how patient centred is Clinical Otolaryngology? Using two new models for analysing the patient-centredness of medical literature, three reviewers classified 176 papers (91 articles and 85 abstracts) published in this journal during the year 2000. Patients appeared as clinical subjects in 98 (56%), were interviewed by closed questionnaires in 21 (12%) and open questionnaires in 6 (3%), represented only by demographic details in 40 (23%) and not part of the study in 11 (6%) of papers. Papers were considered to address a biomedical frame of reference in 48 (27%), the patient's frame of reference in 6 (3%), technical aspects of the clinical encounter in 109 (62%) and communicative aspects in 7 (4%), and the setting for the encounter in 6 (3%) of papers. We show that some patient-centred research is published in Clinical Otolaryngology but suggest that it could publish more.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)84-93
Number of pages10
JournalClinical Otolaryngology
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2004


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