In 1995, BMJ became the first medical publisher to go online. Now, the company is making history again by bringing its latest research directly to healthcare professionals via Figure 1. BMJ researchers are using Figure 1 to discuss their work with the international healthcare community immediately after its publication.
“We are delighted to be working with Figure 1 to encourage researchers to engage with students and medical professionals on this exciting new platform,” said Fiona Godlee, editor in chief of the company’s flagship journal, The BMJ. “BMJ is passionate about finding new ways to help clinicians develop their knowledge and skills, practice evidence-based medicine, and improve outcomes for their patients.”
Dr. Yusuke Tsugawa of Harvard University was the first BMJ researcher to take part in a live Q&A on Figure 1. He presented research showing that U.S. patients have lower mortality rates when they are treated by foreign-trained doctors.
“The intelligent conversation sparked by the forum was something that just didn’t exist before,” said Dr. Tsugawa. “It’s an incredible way for researchers to bring their work directly to the global medical community.”
Dr. Tsugawa’s one-hour Q&A was viewed more than 125,000 times by healthcare professionals in 83 countries and received more than 150 comments and questions from a specialized audience.
“We are proud to partner with BMJ to help democratize medical education. Their peer-reviewed studies and our engaged healthcare community are a natural fit,” said Dr. Joshua Landy, Figure 1’s co-founder and chief medical officer.
BMJ publishes more than 55 medical and allied science journals and was a pioneer of the migration to digital publishing and the development of open access. Figure 1 has since flourished in the open access environment that BMJ helped to create. A partnership is the next step towards bringing open access evidence-based medicine to healthcare professionals.