Postgraduate medical journal (Postgrad Med)

Publisher: BMJ Publishing Group

Journal description

Published on behalf of the Fellowship of Postgraduate Medicine, Postgraduate Medical Journal aims to: Help doctors in training to acquire the necessary skills to enable them to deliver the highest possible standards of patient care; Help trainers to develop suitable training programmes for their trainees; Allow doctors, once training is completed, to maintain these high standards by a process of continuing medical education; As well as editorials and original articles, Postgraduate Medical Journal includes up to six review articles in each issue and has a Self-Assessment Corner.

Current impact factor: 1.45

Impact Factor Rankings

2016 Impact Factor Available summer 2017
2014 / 2015 Impact Factor 1.448
2013 Impact Factor 1.549
2012 Impact Factor 1.608
2011 Impact Factor 1.939
2010 Impact Factor 1.605
2009 Impact Factor 1.384
2008 Impact Factor 1.587
2007 Impact Factor 1.218
2006 Impact Factor 1.093
2005 Impact Factor 0.944
2004 Impact Factor 0.807
2003 Impact Factor 0.676
2002 Impact Factor 0.552
2001 Impact Factor 0.441
2000 Impact Factor 0.339
1999 Impact Factor 0.402
1998 Impact Factor 0.478
1997 Impact Factor 0.496
1996 Impact Factor 0.572
1995 Impact Factor 0.442
1994 Impact Factor 0.448
1993 Impact Factor 0.357
1992 Impact Factor 0.325

Impact factor over time

Impact factor

Additional details

5-year impact 1.76
Cited half-life >10.0
Immediacy index 0.39
Eigenfactor 0.00
Article influence 0.56
Website Postgraduate Medical Journal website
Other titles Postgraduate medical journal
ISSN 1469-0756
OCLC 66425979
Material type Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Internet Resource, Journal / Magazine / Newspaper

Publisher details

BMJ Publishing Group

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    • On author's personal website, institutional website or institutional repository
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    • Authors retain copyright
    • If funding agency rules apply, authors may post articles in PubMed Central and mirror sites, website, institutional website or institutional repository
    • On PubMed Central after 12 months embargo from print publication, or as required by funding agency
    • On social networks such as ResearchGate and Mendeley after 6 months embargo from print publication
    • Publisher last contacted on 08/12/2014
    • Publisher last reviewed on 29/06/2015
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    ABSTRACT: Objective The aim of this study is to assess different parameters of cardiopulmonary exercise testing that can predict the development of myocardial ischaemia in patients with suspected coronary artery disease (CAD) and to identify the parameters which have more correlation with myocardial ischaemia. Study design Cross-sectional study. Methods In this study, a total of 31 men (mean age 57.23±11.09 years) with suggestive symptoms of CAD underwent an exercise stress test with breath-by-breath gas exchange analysis, followed by coronary angiography as the gold standard for diagnosing CAD. Results The ventilation versus CO2 output (VE/VCO2) peak was significantly different between patients with negative and positive angiography results. Receiver operator characteristic analysis showed an area under the curve of 0.73 for VE/VCO2 peak with diagnostic threshold equal to 35 (95% CI 0.54 to 0.9; p=0.05). Exercise stress testing had sensitivity and specificity of 75% and 40%, respectively. Conclusions A change in ventilatory efficiency assessed using the VE/VCO2 peak has the predictive ability to identify exercise-induced myocardial ischaemia. The present study has provided additional evidence of the potential clinical value of cardiopulmonary exercise testing in the diagnosis of CAD.
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    ABSTRACT: The legacy effect of early good glycaemic control in people with diabetes shows it is associated with reduction of microvascular and macrovascular complications. Insulin therapy is essential and lifesaving in individuals with type 1 diabetes and beneficial for those with type 2 diabetes who fail to achieve optimal glycaemic targets with other classes of glucose-lowering therapies. Since the introduction of insulin analogues, insulin management has changed. This follow-up review attempts to update our earlier publication from 2009 and discusses the role of new insulin analogues and newer insulin regimens. Recognising the advent of new quality and economic initiatives both in the UK and worldwide, this paper reviews current insulin prescribing and the pros and cons of prescribing analogues in comparison to the human insulins that are now gaining more acceptance in everyday clinical practice.
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    ABSTRACT: Incidentally detected abnormality in liver function tests is a common situation encountered by physicians across all disciplines. Many of these patients do not have primary liver disease as most of the commonly performed markers are not specific for the liver and are affected by myriad factors unrelated to liver disease. Also, many of these tests like liver enzyme levels do not measure the function of the liver, but are markers of liver injury, which is broadly of two types: hepatocellular and cholestatic. A combination of a careful history and clinical examination along with interpretation of pattern of liver test abnormalities can often identify type and aetiology of liver disease, allowing for a targeted investigation approach. Severity of liver injury is best assessed by composite scores like the Model for End Stage Liver Disease rather than any single parameter. In this review, we discuss the interpretation of the routinely performed liver tests along with the indications and utility of quantitative tests.
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    ABSTRACT: Purpose of the study: Domperidone is associated with QTc prolongation, predisposing to the development of ventricular arrhythmias. In 2014, The Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Agency (MHRA) recommended restricting its use. We assessed whether these recommendations have been implemented in a general practice. Study design: We conducted a prospective study using the general practitioner (GP) computer database on patients who had at least one repeat prescription for domperidone in 12 months. Data were presented to the doctors and the survey was repeated 7 months later. Results: Sixty-four patients (mean age 61.3±16.4 years) were identified who had received at least one repeat prescription of domperidone. Twenty patients were being prescribed over the recommended daily dose. Nineteen patients were coprescribed medications known to prolong the QTc interval and two CYP3A4 inhibitors. The repeat survey performed 7 months later demonstrated a 70% reduction in the number of patients prescribed domperidone to a total of 19 (three patients prescribed above the recommended dose) none of which had a history of cardiac disease or were being coprescribed drugs known to prolong the QTc interval. Conclusions: Following the publication of the MHRA recommendations and presentation of our initial survey, there has been a significant reduction in the number of patients treated with domperidone and those coprescribed drugs known to prolong the QTc interval. We suggest that regular review of GP practice database should be performed to identify those patients prescribed domperidone and at risk of life-threatening arrhythmias and measures taken to use alternative pharmacological agents.
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    ABSTRACT: Background: Neurophobia (fear of neural sciences) and evaluation of independent sector contracts in neurology have seldom been examined among general practitioners (GPs). Methods: A questionnaire determined GPs' perceptions of neurology compared with other medical specialties. GP experiences of neurology services with independent sector companies and the local National Health Service (NHS) were compared. Areas of potential improvement in NHS neurology services were recorded from thematic analyses. Results: Among 76 GPs neurology was perceived to be as interesting as other medical specialties. GPs reported less knowledge, more difficulty and less confidence in neurology compared with other medical specialties. There was a preference for a local NHS neurology service (p<0.001), which was easier to contact (p<0.001) and provided better follow-up. GPs reported that local neurology services provided better patient satisfaction. Conclusions: GPs prefer local NHS neurology services to independent sector contracts. GPs' evaluations should inform commissioning of neurology services. Combating neurophobia should be an integral part of responsive commissioning.
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    ABSTRACT: The most common primary malignancy of the liver and the third leading cause of cancer mortality worldwide is hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), which presents a major global health problem due to its increasing incidence. Most cases of HCC are secondary to either infection (hepatitis B or C) or cirrhosis (alcohol being the most common cause). Clinical presentation is variable and the tumour can be an incidental finding. Treatment options for HCC and prognosis are dependent on many factors but most importantly tumour size and staging. The last two decades have revolutionised the treatment of HCC using image-guided techniques. The concepts of imaging and image-guided techniques are still young and not well described in standard textbooks and hence an up to date review article is essential. The clinical subspecialities may lack familiarity with image-guided techniques but are responsible for management of these patients before and after the treatment by interventional radiologists. This article reviews current image-guided techniques, evidence and outcomes and provides educational highlights and question and answers. The article provides an overview in a simple understandable manner to enable readers from various levels of practice and training to benefit from and apply in their practice.
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    ABSTRACT: Introduction Doctors’ job satisfaction is important to the health service to ensure commitment, effective training, service provision and retention. Job satisfaction matters to doctors for their personal happiness, fulfilment, service to patients and duty to employers. Monitoring job satisfaction trends informs workforce planning. Materials and methods We surveyed UK-trained doctors up to 5 years after graduation for six graduation year cohorts: 1996, 1999, 2002, 2005, 2008, 2012. Doctors scored their job enjoyment (Enjoyment) and satisfaction with time outside work (Leisure) on a scale from 1 (lowest enjoyment/satisfaction) to 10 (highest). Results Overall, 47% had a high level of Enjoyment (scores 8–10) 1 year after graduation and 56% after 5 years. For Leisure, the corresponding figures were 19% and 37% at 1 and 5 years, respectively. For Leisure at 1 year, high scores were given by about 10% in the 1990s, rising to about 25% in the mid-2000s. Low scores (1–3) for Enjoyment were given by 15% of qualifiers of 1996, falling to 5% by 2008; corresponding figures for Leisure were 42% and 19%. At 5 years, the corresponding figures were 6% and 4%, and 23% and 17%. Enjoyment and Leisure were scored higher by general practitioners than doctors in other specialties. Both measures varied little by sex, ethnicity or medical school attended. Conclusions Scores for Enjoyment were generally high; those for Leisure were lower. Policy initiatives should address why this aspect of satisfaction is low, particularly in the first year after graduation but also among hospital doctors 5 years after graduation.
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    ABSTRACT: Purpose of the study: Out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) has a poor prognosis despite bystander resuscitation and rapid transfer to hospital. Optimal management of patients after arrival to hospital continues to be contentious, especially the timing of emergency coronary angiography±revascularisation. Robust predictors of inhospital outcome would be of clinical value for initial decision-making. Study design: A retrospective analysis of consecutive patients who presented to a university hospital following OHCA over a 70-month period (2008-2013). Patients were identified from the emergency department electronic patient registration and coding system. For those patients who underwent emergency percutaneous coronary intervention, details were crosschecked with national databases. Results: We identified 350 consecutive patients who were brought to our hospital following OHCA. Return of spontaneous circulation (ROSC) for >20 min was achieved either before arrival or inhospital in 196 individuals. From the 350 subjects, 114 (32.6%) survived to hospital discharge. When sustained ROSC was achieved, either before or inhospital, survival to discharge was 58.2% (114 of 196). Non-shockable rhythm, absence of bystander cardiopulmonary resuscitation, 'downtime' >15 min and initial pH ≤7.11 were predictors of inhospital death. 12% patients who underwent angiography in the presence of ST elevation had no acute coronary occlusion. 21% patients with acute coronary occlusion at angiography did not have ST elevation. Conclusions: In our cohort of patients with OHCA, those who achieve ROSC had a survival-to-discharge rate of 58.2%. We identified four predictors of inhospital death, which are readily available at the time of patient presentation. Reliance on ST elevation to decide about coronary angiography and revascularisation may be flawed. More data are required.
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