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Polls in 2017

  • GP led triage in all emergency departments: Good or bad idea?

    Good idea: 487 (60%)
    Bad ideas: 326 (40%)
    Total votes cast: 812
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    • Should we commit to eradicating malaria worldwide?

      Yes: 1203 (88%)
      No: 169 (12%)
      Total votes cast: 1372
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      • Do doctors have a duty to hold their silence or to voice concern about Donald Trump's health?

        Yes: 238 (29%)
        No: 591 (71%)
        Total votes cast: 829
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      • Is it time for a dedicated tax to fund the NHS?

        Yes: 928 (73%)
        No: 347 (27%)
        Total votes cast: 1,275
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      • Should US doctors embrace electronic health records?

        Yes: 928 (84%)
        No: 175 (16%)
        Total votes cast: 1,103
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      • Is disclosure alone enough to regulate financial ties between researchers and the drug industry?

        Yes: 82 (17%)
        No: 399 (83%)
        Total votes cast: 3,167
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      • Should gluten free food be available on prescription?

        Yes: 2,236 (71%)
        No: 931 (29%)
        Total votes cast: 3,167
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      • Should diesel cars be banned from city centres?

        Yes: 499 (64%)
        No: 276 (36%)
        Total votes cast: 775
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      Polls in 2016

      • US, UK, International, South Asia:
        Will a Trump presidency see reduced healthcare premiums?

        Yes: 283 (34%)
        No: 555 (66%)
        Total votes cast: 646
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      • US, UK, International, South Asia:
        Should people with sensitivity to sleep loss work fewer night shifts than others?

        Yes: 438 (68%)
        No: 208 (32%)
        Total votes cast: 646
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      • US, UK, International, South Asia:
        Are referral decisions in your area approved by a third party?

        Yes: 76 (41%)
        No: 110 (59%)
        Total votes cast:203
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      • US, UK, International, South Asia:
        Could private top-up insurance help fund state run health services?

        Yes: 389 (49%)
        No: 408 (51%)
        Total votes cast:797
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      • US, UK, International, South Asia: How much should doctors be expected to pay for their medical school training?

        100% of total cost: 186 (15%)
        75%: 62 (5%)
        50%: 214 (17%)
        25%: 204 (16%)
        0%: 577 (46%)
        Total votes cast:1090
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      • US, UK, International, South Asia: Should general practice be a specialty in its own right?

        Yes: 925 (85%)
        No: 165 (15%)
        Total votes cast:1243
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      • US, UK, International, South Asia: Should doctors declare their private income?

        Yes: 351 (39%)
        No: 539 (61%)
        Total votes cast: 890
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      • US, UK, International, South Asia: Is five days too long for a junior doctor strike?

        Yes: 454 (50.4%)
        No: 447 (49.6%)
        Total votes cast: 899
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      • US, UK, International, South Asia:
        Will new sepsis guidance prompt a surge in unnecessary use of antibiotics?

        Yes: 241 (61%)
        No: 157 (39%)
        Total votes cast: 398
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      • US, UK, International, South Asia: How long should primary care consultations last?

        Five minutes: 16 (1%)
        10 minutes: 63 (5%)
        15 minutes:353 (28%)
        20 minutes: 248 (20%)
        As long as they take:583 (46%)
        Total votes cast: 1263
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      • US, UK, International, South Asia: Should street soliciting by sex workers be decriminalised?

        Yes:341 (64%)
        No: 194 (36%)
        Total votes cast: 535
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      • US, UK, International, South Asia: Should clinicians engage with patient support groups on social media?

        Yes:221 (42%)
        No: 306 (58%)
        Total votes cast: 527
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      • US, UK, International, South Asia: Should the term "junior doctor" be scrapped?

        Yes: 337 (62%)
        No: 204 (38%)
        Total votes cast: 541
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      • US, UK, International, South Asia: Can pay for performance improve the quality of primary care?

        Yes: 164 (46%)
        No: 193 (54%)
        Total votes cast: 357
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      • US, UK, International, South Asia: Do you always remember to introduce yourself to patients (#hellomynameis)?

        Yes: 562 (76%)
        No: 179 (24%)
        Total votes cast: 741
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      • US, UK, International, South Asia: Which potential Brexit change could most benefit UK patients?

        Tighter language tests for NHS staff 185 (55%)
        Scrapping the working time directive 92 (27%)
        Tougher medical device regulation 62 (18%)
        Total votes cast: 339
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      • US, UK, International, South Asia: Do we need quotas to attract more female surgeons?

        Yes 120 (33%)
        No 249 (67%)
        Total votes cast: 369
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      • UK, International: Should the NHS abolish the purchaser-provider split?

        Yes 195 (83%)
        No 40 (17%)
        Total votes cast: 235
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      • UK, US, South Asia, International: Should tampon manufacturers donate a percentage of their profits to help prevent violence against women?

        Yes 418 (52%)
        No 385 (18%)
        Total votes cast: 803
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      • UK, US, South Asia, International: Should women in Zika-hit countries be given access to safe abortion and contraception as a human right?

        Yes 729 (82%)
        No 155 (18%)
        Total votes cast: 884
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      • UK: Which healthcare issue will most influence how you vote in the EU referendum?

        NHS funding 142 (31%)
        Public health 86 (19%)
        Employment rights 90 (20%)
        Research funding 63 (14%)
        Cross border working 70 (16%)
        Total votes cast: 451
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      • US, South Asia, International: Should all pregnant women be offered free vitamin supplements?

        Yes 610 (68%)
        No 290 (32%)
        Total votes cast: 900
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      • UK, US, South Asia, International: Should academic institutions return research funding if findings can’t be reproduced?
        Yes: 222 (28%)
        No: 568 (72%)
        Total votes cast: 790
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      • UK, US, South Asia, International: Should the NHS do more bariatric surgery?
        Yes: 243 (52%)
        No: 226 (48%)
        Total votes cast: 469
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      • UK, US, South Asia, International: Should access to elective surgery be restricted until patients stop smoking or lose weight?
        Yes: 313 (80%)
        No: 77 (20%)
        Total votes cast: 1095
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      • UK, US, South Asia, International: Should access to elective surgery be restricted until patients stop smoking or lose weight?
        Yes: 650 (59%)
        No: 445 (41%)
        Total votes cast: 1095
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      • UK, US, South Asia, International: Should the food industry fund health research?
        Yes: 282 (51%)
        No: 265 (49%)
        Total votes cast: 547
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      • UK: Should the UK government introduce fiscal policies to reduce the consumption of alcohol?
        Yes: 116 (82%)
        No: 25 (18%)
        Total votes cast: 141
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      • UK, US, South Asia, and International: Would adding "exercise needed to burn off calories" to food labels reduce obesity?
        Yes: 1008 (51%)
        No: 959 (49%)
        Total votes cast: 1967
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      • UK, US, South Asia, and International: Should junior doctors expect a drop in public support as strike action escalates?
        Yes:112 (46%)
        No: 134 (54%)
        Total votes cast: 364
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      • UK, US, South Asia, and International: Is the timing of recommended childhood vaccines evidence based?
        Yes:185 (51%)
        No: 179 (49%)
        Total votes cast: 364
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      • UK, US, South Asia, International: Should the UK's planned sugar tax include other foods?
        Sweets: 595 (19.85%)
        Cakes: 532 (17.75%)
        Biscuits: 485 (16.18%)
        Chocolate: 450 (15.02%)
        Breakfast cereal: 445 (14.85%)
        Yoghurt: 289 (9.64%)
        No (just sugar sweetened drinks: 201 (6.71%)
        Total votes cast: 2997
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      • UK, US, South Asia, and International: Should doctors be offered incentives to reduce antibiotic prescribing?
        Yes:298 (37%)
        No: 507 (63%)
        Total votes cast: 805
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      • UK and International: Should the NHS offer seven day elective services?
        Yes:102 (31%)
        No: 227 (69%)
        Total votes cast: 329
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      • US and India: Do academic researchers have the same responsibility to share data as industry?
        Yes:337 (89%)
        No: 41 (11%)
        Total votes cast: 378
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      • UK, US, South Asia, International: Are patient partnership groups a waste of time and money?
        Yes:333 (42%)
        No: 455 (58%)
        Total votes cast: 788
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      • UK, US, South Asia, International: Is the UK healthier in the EU?
        Yes:612 (68%)
        No: 289 (32%)
        Total votes cast: 901
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      • UK, US, South Asia, International: Should Rio still host the Olympics in light of the Zika virus threat?
        Yes: 533 (49%)
        No: 544 (51%)
        Total votes cast: 1087
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      • UK, US, South Asia, International:Is the World Health Organization right to tell women in Zika areas not to delay pregnancy?
        Yes: 333 (38%)
        No: 534 (62%)
        Total votes cast: 867
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      • UK, US, South Asia, International: Is the term "schizophrenia" fit for purpose?
        Yes: 231 (43%)
        No: 300 (56%)
        Total votes cast: 531
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      • UK, US, South Asia, International: Should we ban boxing?
        Yes: 459 (45%)
        No: 566 (55%)
        Total votes cast: 1025
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      • UK, US, South Asia, International: Should a sugar tax be imposed on food and drink sold in hospitals?
        Yes: 735 (67 %)
        No: 367 (33%)
        Total votes cast: 1103
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      • UK, US, South Asia, International: Could campaigns like dry January do more harm than good?
        Yes: 113 (30 %)
        No: 258 (70%)
        Total votes cast: 371
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      • UK, US, South Asia, International: Should patients pay to see their family doctor?
        Yes: 462 (33%)
        No: 958 (67%)
        Total votes cast: 1420
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      • UK: Are GP leaders right to call for the resignation of Steve Field?
        Yes: 82 (71%)
        No: 34 (29%)
        Total votes cast: 116
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      • UK, US, South Asia, International: Is it okay to cry in front of patients?
        Yes: 1244 (40%)
        No: 1874 (60%)
        Total votes cast: 3118
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      Polls in 2015

      • UK, US, South Asia, International: Is accepting gifts from patients entering a Faustian pact?
        Yes: 188 (33%)
        No: 378 (67%)
        Total votes cast: 566
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      • UK: Were junior doctors right to suspend strike action?
        Yes: 145 (63%)
        No: 86 (37%)
        Total votes cast: 231
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      • US, South Asia, International: Is it the duty of every doctor to get involved in research?
        Yes: 395 (45%)
        No: 484 (55%)
        Total votes cast: 879
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      • UK, US, South Asia, International: Is the title "doctor" an anachronism that disrespects patients?
        Yes: 116 (8%)
        No: 1 341 (92%)
        Total votes cast: 1 457
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      • UK, International, and South Asia: Do financial incentives have any place in the GP referral system?
        Yes: 115 (19%)
        No: 477 (81%)
        Total votes cast: 592
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      • UK, US, International, and South Asia: Is too much hope placed in egg freezing?
        Yes: 308 (71%)
        No: 123 (29%)
        Total votes cast: 431
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      • UK, US, International, and South Asia: Should psychiatric hospitals completely ban smoking?
        Yes: 469 (48%)
        No: 510 (52%)
        Total votes cast: 979
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      • UK, US, International, and South Asia: Is it ethical for doctors to strike?
        Yes: 1056 (67%)
        No: 517 (33%)
        Total votes cast: 1 573
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      • UK, US, South Asia and International: Is medicine the best career in the world?
        Yes: 479 (38%)
        No: 791 (62%)
        Total votes cast: 1 270
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      • India: Should snakebite be re-established as a neglected tropical disease?
        Yes: 53 (74%)
        No: 19 (26%)
        Total votes cast: 72
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      • US and International: Should women abstain from alcohol throughout pregnancy?
        Yes: 1 820 (90%)
        No: 194 (10%)
        Total votes cast: 2 014
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      • UK: Do medical organisations have a duty to pay a living wage?
        Yes: 122 (90%)
        No: 13 (10%)
        Total votes cast: 135
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      • UK: Do GPs need a new contract?
        Yes: 72 (62%)
        No: 44 (38%)
        Total votes cast: 116
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      • UK: Does the new junior doctor contract justify industrial action?
        Yes: 137 (86%)
        No: 23 (14%)
        Total votes cast: 160
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      • US and International: If Volkswagen staff can face criminal charges should fraudulent scientists be prosecuted?
        Yes: 786 (93%)
        No: 60 (7%)
        Total votes cast: 846
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      • India: Are the Delhi government doing enough to ensure patients with dengue fever can access adequate healthcare?
        Yes: 4 (24%)
        No: 13 (76%)
        Total votes cast: 17
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      • UK: Are appraisals a useful way to assess performance?
        Yes: 39 (25%)
        No: 119 (75%)
        Total votes cast: 158
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      • US and International: Do the rules of rugby need to change to reduce the risk of concussion?
        Yes: 299 (65%)
        No: 158 (35%)
        Total votes cast: 457
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      • UK, US, India, and International: Was Public Health England right to endorse electronic cigarettes as a smoking cessation aid?
        Yes: 1,787 (84%)
        No:341 (16%)
        Total votes cast: 2,128
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      • US, India, and International: Do we need more men in medicine?
        Yes: 387 (49.87%)
        No:389 (50.13%)
        Total votes cast: 776
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      • UK: Should the UK government apologise for the Health and Social Care Act?
        Yes: 97 (77%)
        No:29 (23%)
        Total votes cast: 126
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      • UK: Should personal health budgets be spent on services such as hydrotherapy, shiatsu, and Indian head massage?
        Yes: 31 (20%)
        No: 121 (80%)
        Total votes cast: 152
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      • US, India, and International: Can compassion be learnt?
        Yes: 406 (65%)
        No: 221 (35%)
        Total votes cast: 627
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      • UK: Would judicial consent for assisted dying protect vulnerable people?
        20 August: Yes: 169, No: 25.
        21 August: Yes: 412, No 704.
        22 August: Yes: 106, No: 208.
        23 August: Yes: 23, No: 178.
        24 August: Yes: 27, No: 116.
        25 August: Yes: 17, No: 101.
        26 August: Yes: 12, No: 49.
        27 August: Yes: 13, No: 46.
        28 August: Yes: 15, No: 17.
        29 August: Yes: 5, No: 21.
        30 August: Yes: 5, No: 19.
        31 August: Yes: 6, No: 29.
        1 September: Yes: 4, No: 16.
        Final results: Yes: 811 (35%), No: 1507 (65%).
        Total votes cast: 2318.
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      • US, India, and International:: Should doctors be disciplined for overprescribing antibiotics?
        Yes: 933 (56%)
        No: 738 (44%)
        Total votes cast: 1671
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      • UK: Should all NHS premises provide free access to wi-fi?
        Yes: 71 (63%)
        No: 41 (37%)
        Total votes cast: 112
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      • US, India, and International: Should subsidies granted to food producers be withdrawn in order to reduce sugar consumption?
        Yes: 327 (80%)
        No: 84 (20%)
        Total votes cast: 411
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      • UK, US, India, and International: Should doctors be forced to disclose payments and hospitality from drug companies?
        Yes: 769 (85%)
        No: 136 (15%)
        Total votes cast: 905
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      • UK, US, India, and International: Could a sugar tax help combat obesity?
        Yes: 345 (64%)
        No: 197 (36%)
        Total votes cast: 542
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      • UK: Should women be able to get antibiotics for urinary tract infection without a prescription?
        Yes: 76 (43%)
        No: 101 (57%)
        Total votes cast: 177
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      • International, India, and US: Should researchers have access to medical records?
        Yes: 708 (72%)
        No: 273 (28%)
        Total votes cast: 981
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      • UK, International, US, and India: Should doctors recommend homeopathy?
        Yes: 3 193 (62%)
        No: 1 944 (38%)
        Total votes cast: 5 137
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      • UK, International, US, and India: Which paper should The BMJ be most proud of publishing?
        Establishing a standard definition for child obesity: 70 (12.03%)
        Multiple imputation for missing data in epidemiological and clinical research: 62 (10.65%)
        The scandal of poor medical research: 253 (43.47%)
        Evidence based guidelines or collectively constructed “mindlines?: 91 (15.64%)
        Zinc supplementation started during diarrhoea on morbidity and mortality in Bangladeshi children: 57 (9.79%)
        What worries parents when their preschool children are acutely ill: 49 (8.42%)
        Total votes cast: 582
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      • UK, International, US, and India: Should Wellcome Trust and the Gates Foundation divest from fossil fuel companies?
        Yes: 276 (74%)
        No: 96 (26%)
        Total votes cast: 372
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      • UK: Is informed consent impossible at the end of life?
        Yes: 38 (42%)
        No: 53 (58%)
        Total votes cast: 91
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      • International, US, and India: Should doctors in Australia boycott working in its immigration centres?
        Yes: 173 (44%)
        No: 217 (56%)
        Total votes cast: 390
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      • International, US, and India: Should knee surgery for middle aged and older patients be stopped?
        Yes: 134 (26%)
        No: 374 (74%)
        Total votes cast: 508
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      • UK: Should migrants be charged for access to health services?
        Yes: 63 (49%)
        No: 66 (51%)
        Total votes cast: 129
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      • India: Is ayurveda medicine the key to universal healthcare in India?
        Yes: 6 (17%)
        No: 30 (83%)
        Total votes cast: 36
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      • US: Should the FDA approve "female Viagra" flibanserin?
        Yes: 6 (26%)
        No: 17 (74%)
        Total votes cast: 23
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      • International: Is a self rated health score that predicts the risk of death in the next five years of any practical use to patients?
        Yes: 152 (43%)
        No: 34 (57%)
        Total votes cast: 382
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      • UK: Should UK and overseas-trained doctors have to sit the same test to be admitted to the medical register?
        Yes: 166 (82%)
        No: 216 (18%)
        Total votes cast: 186
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      • UK: Who was the best UK health secretary?
        Jeremy Hunt: 5 (4%)
        Andrew Lansley: 1 (1%)
        Andy Burnham: 9 (7%)
        Alan Johnson: 19 (14%)
        Patricia Hewitt: 3 (2%)
        John Reid: 3 (2%)
        Alan Milburn: 17 (12%)
        Frank Dobson: 51 (37%)
        Stephen Dorrell: 6 (4%)
        Virginia Bottomley: 4 (3%)
        William Waldegrave: 3 (2%)
        Ken Clarke: 17 (12%)
        Total votes cast: 138
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      • US: Has the "conflict of interest movement" gone too far?
        Yes: 44 (41%)
        No: 63 (59%)
        Total votes cast: 107
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      • UK: Should the UK adopt an opt out system of organ donation?
        Yes: 134 (67%)
        No: 66 (33%)
        Total votes cast: 200
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      • International: Should cancer screening policies prioritise increasing participation or informing the public?
        Increasing participation: 12 (27%)
        Informing the public: 33 (73%)
        Total votes cast: 45
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      • US: Is the approval bar too low for cancer drugs?
        Yes: 42 (67%)
        No: 21 (33%)
        Total votes cast: 63
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      • India: Will new Indian growth charts help stem the rise in childhood obesity?
        Yes: 2 (40%)
        No: 3(60%)
        Total votes cast: 5
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      • UK: What should the new UK health secretary's top priority be?
        Mental health: 27 (19.15%)
        NHS finance: 48 (34.04%)
        Cancer: 7 (4.96%)
        Waiting times: 6 (4.26%)
        Workforce: 44 (31.21%)
        Other: 9 (6.38%)
        Total votes cast: 141
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      • UK: In whose hands is the NHS in England safest?
        Conservatives: 50 (25%)
        Labour: 106 (53%)
        Liberal Democrats: 15 (8%)
        UKIP: 8 (4%)
        Total votes cast: 199
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      • UK, US, India, and International: Can healthy people benefit from health apps?
        Yes: 108 (72%)
        No: 43 (28%)
        Total votes cast: 151
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      • UK, US, India, and International: Does hospital car parking affect patient care?
        Yes: 250 (88%)
        No: 34 (12%)
        Total votes cast: 284
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      • UK, US, India, and International: Should doctors be allowed to prescribe cheaper drugs such as Avastin 'off-label' when there is evidence of sufficient quality, efficacy, and safety?
        Yes: 284 (90%)
        No: 32 (10%)
        Total votes cast: 316
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      • UK, US, India, and International: Should authors be allowed to pay for fast track peer review of their paper?
        Yes: 37 (14%)
        No: 220 (86%)
        Total votes cast: 257
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      • UK, US, India, and International: Will drug makers' refusal to supply medicines for lethal injections lead to less humane forms of capital punishment?
        Yes: 75 (52%)
        No: 70 (48%)
        Total votes cast: 145
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      • UK, US, India, and International: Is it feasible to tell patients all the risks associated with a procedure or treatment?
        Yes: 88 (31%)
        No: 196 (61%)
        Total votes cast: 284
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      • UK: Is it the role of GPs to identify people at risk of cold homes?
        Yes: 30 (14%)
        No: 181 (86%)
        Total votes cast: 211
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      • US, India, and International: Have you ever feared criminal prosecution after the death of a patient?
        Yes: 32 (39%)
        No: 51 (61%)
        Total votes cast: 83
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      • UK: Should local authorities have direct control of health and social care budgets?
        Yes: 38 (35%)
        No: 70 (65%)
        Total votes cast: 108
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      • UK, US, India, and International: Is a smoking ban in parks and outdoor spaces a good idea?
        Yes: 386 (69%)
        No: 173 (31%)
        Total votes cast: 559
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      • UK: Can you take party politics out of the NHS?
        Yes: 46 (35%)
        No: 87 (65%)
        Total votes cast: 133
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      • US, India, and International: Would giving patients access to test results lead to worry and confusion?
        Yes: 75 (55%)
        No: 61 (45%)
        Total votes cast: 136
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      • UK US, India, and International: Should industry funding of nutrition research be banned?
        Yes: 126 (55%)
        No: 102 (45%)
        Total votes cast: 228
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      • UK: Is the NHS your top UK general election issue
        Yes: 120 (65%)
        No: 64 (35%)
        Total votes cast: 184
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      • US, India, and International: Should cost-effectiveness be the main driver for decision making on new vaccines?
        Yes: 24 (33%)
        No: 48 (67%)
        Total votes cast: 72
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      • UK: Is Lord Saatchi's medical innovation bill a "quack's charter" that will threaten patient safety?
        Yes: 119 (84%)
        No: 23 (16%)
        Total votes cast: 142
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      • US, India, and International: Is it ever acceptable for doctors to swear at work?
        Yes: 106 (49%)
        No: 110 (51%)
        Total votes cast: 216
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      • UK:Can private providers be trusted to run NHS hospitals after Hinchingbrooke?
        Yes: 31 (17%)
        No: 147 (83%)
        Total votes cast: 178
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      • US, India, and International: Is widespread screening for hepatitis C justified?
        Yes: 56 (45%)
        No: 69 (55%)
        Total votes cast: 125
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      • UK: Should school rugby be made safer?
        Yes: 92 (72%)
        No: 35 (28%)
        Total votes cast: 127
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      • UK, US, India, International :Should doctors encourage patients to record their consultations?
        Yes: 96 (37%)
        No: 189 (65%)
        Total votes cast: 285
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      Polls in 2014

      • UK: Which BMJ Confidential "pet hate" do you most share?
        Daily Mail: 162 (45%)
        Pomposity: 48 (13%)
        Privatisation: 42 (12%)
        Pomposity: 48 (13%)
        Toffs in power: 34 (9%)
        Misogyny: 33 (9%)
        Greed: 26 (7%)
        Jargon: 17 (5%)
        Total votes cast: 362
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      • US and International: Are some diets "mass murder"?
        Yes: 133 (74%)
        No: 46 (26%)
        Total votes cast: 179
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      • India: Should sterilization camps be discontinued?
        Yes: 35 (56%)
        No: 27 (44%)
        Total votes cast: 62
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      • UK: Should Scotland's reduced drink drive limit apply to the rest of the UK?
        Yes: 196 (78%)
        No: 54 (22%)
        Total votes cast: 250
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      • US and International: Do you write prescriptions for yourself?
        Yes: 155 (64%)
        No: 89 (36%)
        Total votes cast: 244
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      • UK: How would the extra £2bn for the NHS be best spent?
        Primary care: 83 (37%)
        Secondary care: 25 (11%)
        Social care: 31 (14%)
        Mental health 84 (38%)
        Total votes cast: 223
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      • UK, US, and International: Should advertisements for e-cigarettes be shown on TV?
        Yes: 54 (11%)
        No: 429 (89%)
        Total votes cast:483
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      • India: Can mobile phone reminders to patients improve treatment adherence?
        Yes: 23 (85%)
        No: 4 (15%)
        Total votes cast: 27
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      • UK, US, and International: Is measuring wellbeing a waste of time?
        Yes: 100 (39%)
        No: 156 (61%)
        Total votes cast: 256
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      • UK, US, India and International: Can overweight doctors give credible lifestyle advice to their patients?
        Yes: 184 (37%)
        No: 313 (63%)
        Total votes cast: 497
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      • UK, US, India and International: Should doctors encourage patients facing adversity to show a stiff upper lip?
        No: 126 (57%)
        Yes: 96 (43%)
        Total votes cast: 222
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      • UK: Is it ethical to pay GPs £55 for each new dementia diagnosis?
        No: 280 (88%)
        Yes: 40 (12%)
        Total votes cast: 320
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      • US, India, and International: Is mass flu vaccination a waste of time?
        Yes: 81 (44%)
        No: 103 (56%)
        Total votes cast: 184
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      • UK: Has the crisis in general practice in Britain been overstated?
        Yes: 31 (13%)
        No: 209 (87%)
        Total votes cast: 240
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      • India and International: Should medical schools teach sleep medicine?
        Yes: 72 (80%)
        No: 18 (20%)
        Total votes cast: 90
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      • US: Should all US adults aged 45 or older should be screened for abnormal blood sugar concentrations?
        Yes: 30 (77%)
        No: 9 (23%)
        Total votes cast: 39
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      • UK: Is the UK adopting a proportionate response to the Ebola outbreak?
        Yes: 55 (35%)
        No: 103 (65%)
        Total votes cast: 158
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      • US, India and International: Should doctors be subject to random drug tests?
        Yes: 110 (49%)
        No: 116 (51%)
        Total votes cast: 226
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      • UK: Is the private sector a good thing for the NHS?
        Yes: 75 (30%)
        No: 173 (70%)
        Total votes cast: 248
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      • UK: Is seven day access to GPs in England a good use of NHS resources?
        Yes: 78 (28%)
        No: 204 (78%)
        Total votes cast: 282
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      • UK, US, and international: Should we take patients in cardiac arrest to hospital?
        Yes: 171 (78%)
        No: 48 (22%)
        Total votes cast: 219
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      • India: Can India deliver on a pledge to cut neonatal mortality to 21 per 1000 live births by 2020?
        Yes: 1 (92%)
        No: 1 (8%)
        Total votes cast: 12
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      • India: Is it ethical to hire sherpas when climbing Mount Everest?
        Yes: 9 (47%)
        No: 10 (53%)
        Total votes cast: 19
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      • UK, US, and international: Should mammography screening be offered to women over 70?
        Yes: 88 (43%)
        No: 116 (57%)
        Total votes cast: 204
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      • UK, US, and international: Should surgeon specific mortality data be publicly available?
        Yes: 138 (48%)
        No: 149 (52%)
        Total votes cast: 287
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      • UK, US, and international: Should patients be able to email their doctor?
        Yes: 215 (47%)
        No: 246 (53%)
        Total votes cast: 461
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      • UK and international: Should universities offer part time undergraduate degrees in medicine?
        Yes: 188 (39%)
        No: 295 (61%)
        Total votes cast: 483
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      • US: Should US aid include abortion services for women raped in war zones?
        Yes: 52 (90%)
        No: 6 (10%)
        Total votes cast: 58
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      • India: Should patients with Ebola have the chance to try experimental drugs?
        Yes: 335 (94%)
        No: 21 (6%)
        Total votes cast: 356
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      • UK: Should GPs prescribe statins for primary prevention of cardiovascular disease?
        Yes: 55 (47%)
        No: 62 (53%)
        Total votes cast: 117
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      • US: Should execution on death row by lethal injection be abolished?
        Yes: 26 (62%)
        No: 16 (38%)
        Total votes cast: 117
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      • UK and international: Should boys be vaccinated against HPV as well as girls?
        Yes: 275 (86%)
        No: 35 (14%)
        Total votes cast: 321
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      • India: Can India build an extra 5.2m toilets by the end of August 2014?
        Yes: 6 (37%)
        No: 8 (53%)
        Total votes cast: 14
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      • UK:Should all UK emergency departments include GP staff?
        Yes: 221 (78%)
        No: 63 (22%)
        Total votes cast: 152
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      • US and International: Is pre-diabetes overdiagnosis? Yes: 89 (59%)
        No: 63 (41%)
        Total votes cast: 231
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      • UK: Should doctors be required to record financial conflicts of interest on the GMC register?
        Yes: 164 (71%)
        No: 67 (29%)
        Total votes cast: 231
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      • US and International: Should research fraud be a crime?
        Yes: 168 (89%)
        No: 21 (11%)
        Total votes cast: 189
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      • India: Have you received kickbacks for referrals in your practice?
        Yes: 9 (16%)
        No: 49 (85%)
        Total votes cast: 58
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      • Should GPs take on a greater role in safeguarding children?
        Yes: 78 (49.68%)
        No: 79 (50.32%)
        Total votes cast: 157
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      • Could you easily halve sugar intake to 5% of your daily calories?
        Yes: 258 (54%)
        No: 216 (46%)
        Total votes cast: 474
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      • Will a website that allows patients to view the performance of individual hospitals improve patient safety? Yes: 292 (49%)
        No: 303 (51%)
        Total votes cast: 595
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      • Should e-cigarettes be more tightly regulated? Yes: 143 (70%)
        No: 76 (30%)
        Total votes cast: 237
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      • Is evidence based medicine broken? Yes: 346 (51%)
        No: 336 (49%)
        Total votes cast: 682
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      • Should alcohol companies be banned from sponsoring international sporting tournaments? Yes: 702 (73%)
        No: 264 (27%)
        Total votes cast: 966
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      • Will ultrasound scanners replace the stethoscope?
        Yes: 228 (30%)
        No: 544 (70%)
        Total votes cast: 772
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      • US: Can regulatory approaches to cannabis use reduce health and social harms more effectively than prohibition?
        Yes: 413 (71%)
        No: 172 (29%)
        Total votes cast: 584
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      • Should smokers be advised to cut down as well as quit?
        Yes 843 (89%)
        No 102 (11%)
        Total votes cast: 945
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      • US: Is there such a thing as humane capital punishment?
        Yes: 134 (48%)
        No: 147 (52%)
        Total votes cast: 281
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      • Should the NHS in England fund abortions for women from Northern Ireland?
        Yes 549 (63%)
        No 322 (37%)
        Total votes cast: 871
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      • Is there such a thing as humane capital punishment?
        Yes 256 (30%)
        No 588 (70%)
        Total votes cast: 844
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      • India: Do more doctors need to join politics to improve healthcare in India?
        Yes 133 (76%)
        No 41 (24%)
        Total votes cast: 174
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      • Should women athletes with naturally high testosterone levels be banned from competing unless they have surgical or pharmaceutical interventions to lower them?
        Yes 150 (21%)
        No 588 (79%)
        Total votes cast: 708
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      • US: Should doctors be taught to consider treatment costs of part of their medical training?
        Yes 201 (81%)
        No 47 (19%)
        Total votes cast: 248
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      • Should doctors be taught to consider treatment costs of part of their medical training?
        Yes 921 (79%)
        No 240 (21%)
        Total votes cast: 1161
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      • Have the online health insurance exchanges been a success?
        Yes 144 (50%)
        No 144 (50%)
        Total votes cast: 288
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      • Should people be paid to live healthier lives?
        Yes 385 (23%)
        No 1256 (77%)
        Total votes cast: 1641
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      • Is India doing enough to address post-polio syndrome?
        Yes 16 (42%)
        No 22 (58%)
        Total votes cast: 38
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      • Should medical students be taught alternative medicine?
        Yes 636 (47%)
        No 727 (53%)
        Total votes cast: 1363
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      • India: Which party would most improve healthcare in India?
        Indian National Congress 55 (11%)
        Bharatiya Janata Party 193 (39%)
        Aam Aadmi Party 117 (24%)
        None of the above 128 (26%)
        Total votes cast: 493
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      • US: Should patients have the right to record consultations?
        Yes 299 (79%)
        No 81 (21%)
        Total votes cast: 380
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      • Has cognitive behavioural therapy for psychosis been oversold?
        Yes 412 (49%)
        No 434 (51%)
        Total votes cast: 846
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      • Is GSK's move to employ doctors as medical educators more transparent than paying external speakers?
        Yes 225 (53%)
        No 198 (47%)
        Total votes cast: 423
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      • Should patients have the right to record consultations?
        Yes: 645 (62%)
        No: 391 (38%)
        Total votes cast: 1036
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      • US: Is there room for spirituality in the consulting room?
        Yes: 68 (64%)
        No 38 (36%)
        Total votes cast: 106
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      • Should statins be extended to people at low risk of cardiovascular disease?
        Yes: 229 (23%)
        No: 757 (77%)
        Total votes cast: 986
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      • Should medical journals publish sponsored content?
        Yes 244 (32%)
        No 521 (68%)
        Total votes cast: 765
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      • India: Should homeopaths be allowed to practise allopathic medicine?
        Yes: 21 (8%)
        No: 242 (92%)
        Total votes cast: 263
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      • Should consultations in primary care be held standing up?
        Yes: 131 (18%)
        No: 586 (82%)
        Total votes cast: 717
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      • US: How can we prevent mobile phone use while driving?
        Educate people about the dangers: 92 (22%)
        Public service announcements: 18 (4%)
        Increase legislation: 80 (20%)
        Use technology to block mobile phone use while driving: 221 (54%)
        Total votes cast: 411
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      • Do national databases of patient information threaten privacy?
        Yes: 473 (61%)
        No: 297 (39%)
        Total votes cast: 770
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      • Have you witnessed institutional racism in your hospital or practice?
        Yes: 309 (43%)
        No: 409 (57%)
        Total votes cast: 718
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      • US: Would you be comfortable declaring your competing interests on a central database?
        Yes: 83 (80%)
        No: 21 (20%)
        Total votes cast: 104
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      • India: Should medical school graduates in India have to spend a year in a rural post before they can start postgraduate training?
        Yes: 133 (54%)
        No: 115 (46%)
        Total votes cast: 248
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      • Are we overusing IVF?
        Yes: 326 (61%)
        No:207 (39%)
        Total votes cast: 533
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      • Would you be comfortable declaring your competing interests on a central database?
        Yes: 417 (81%)
        No:98 (19%)
        Total votes cast: 515
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      • US: Should employers be given exemptions from employee contraception coverage?
        Yes: 303 (58%)
        No: 223 (42%)
        Total votes cast: 526
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      • Should medical journals stop publishing research funded by the drug industry?
        Yes: 786 (55%)
        No: 631 (45%)
        Total votes cast: 1417
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      • India: Should the Indian government fund fertility treatment for specific minority groups when so many people lack basic healthcare?
        Yes: 33 (25%)
        No: 101 (75%)
        Total votes cast: 134
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      • Would minimum unit pricing for alcohol save lives?
        Yes: 612 (45%)
        No: 738 (55%)
        Total votes cast: 1350
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      • Should other places follow New York's lead and ban e-cigarettes from public places?
        Yes: 592 (16%)
        No: 3070 (84%)
        Total votes cast: 3662
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      Polls in 2013

      • Which chocolates have a longer survival time in your practice or on your ward?
        Quality Streets: 381 (49%)
        Roses: 262 (30%)
        Other: 228 (26%)
        Total votes cast: 871
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      • India: Which chocolates have a longer survival time in your practice or on your ward?
        Dairy Milk: 29 (46%)
        5 Star: 20 (32%)
        Other: 14 (22%)
        Total votes cast: 63
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      • US: Which chocolates have a longer survival time in your practice or on your ward?
        Hershey's Kisses: 55 (27%)
        Candy: 73 (36%)
        Other: 73 (36%)
        Total votes cast: 201
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      • Should scientific fraud be a criminal offence?
        Yes: 926 (83%)
        No: 186 (17%)
        Total votes cast: 1112
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      • US: Should scientific fraud be a criminal offence?
        Yes: 189 (84%)
        No: 35 (16%)
        Total votes cast: 224
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      • India: Will the new BSc in community health improve medical care in rural India?
        Yes: 49 (45%)
        No: 61 (55%)
        Total votes cast: 110
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      • Should hospital grounds be completely smoke free?
        Yes: 1176 (81%)
        No: 274 (19%)
        Total votes cast: 1450
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      • US: Will the recent cholesterol guidelines result in the huge overprescribing of statins?
        Yes: 285 (81%)
        No: 67 (19%)
        Total votes cast: 352
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      • India: Should India change to a daily drug regimen for tuberculosis?
        Yes: 131 (82%)
        No: 28 (18%)
        Total votes cast: 159
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      • Should employers help employees to assess their alcohol use?
        Yes: 303 (49.92%)
        No: 304 (50.08%)
        Total votes cast: 607
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      • Will making wilful neglect a criminal offence improve patient care?
        Yes: 299 (35%)
        No: 552 (65%)
        Total votes cast: 851
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      • US: Is the US requirement to deposit trial data within a year workable?
        Yes: 53 (57%)
        No: 40 (47%)
        Total votes cast: 93
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      • India: Is India's soft drinks industry sufficiently regulated?
        Yes: 7 (5%)
        No: 125 (95%)
        Total votes cast: 132
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      • Should trans fats be banned?
        Yes: 670 (81%)
        No: 153 (19%)
        Total votes cast: 823
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      • Should athletes be allowed to use performance enhancing drugs?
        Yes: 172 (15%)
        No: 955 (85%)
        Total votes cast: 1127
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      • Should patients with psychosis be paid to adhere to maintenance treatment?
        Yes: 175 (24%)
        No: 541 (76%)
        Total votes cast: 716
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      • US: Can New York City continue to be a global leader in public health under a new mayor?
        Yes: 83 (47%)
        No: 94 (53%)
        Total votes cast: 177
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      • India: Should patients in India be routinely tested for HIV?
        Yes: 64 (60%)
        No: 42 (40%)
        Total votes cast: 106
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      • Have you witnessed or experienced sexual harassment by a colleague?
        Yes: 292 (30%)
        No: 669 (70%)
        Total votes cast: 961
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      • US: Will the Choosing Wisely initiative reduce overtreatment?
        Yes: 44 (59%)
        No: 31 (41%)
        Total votes cast: 75
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      • Should GP surgeries have longer opening hours?
        Yes: 696 (65%)
        No: 376 (35%)
        Total votes cast: 1072
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      • India: Can India eliminate rabies by mass vaccination of stray dogs?
        Yes: 65 (48%)
        No: 70 (52%)
        Total votes cast: 135
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      • Should e-cigarettes be regulated as medicines?
        Yes: 416 (22%)
        No: 1441 (78%)
        Total votes cast: 1857
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      • Should we bring in universal mental health checks in schools?
        Yes: 427 (53%)
        No: 375 (47%)
        Total votes cast: 802
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      • India: Should India roll out HPV vaccination nationally?
        Yes: 68 (63%)
        No: 39 (37%)
        Total votes cast: 107
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      • US: Should it be compulsory for healthcare workers to be vaccinated against flu?
        Yes: 297 (63%)
        No: 172 (37%)
        Total votes cast: 469
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      • Should hospitals offer all patients single rooms?
        Yes: 456 (43%)
        No: 604 (57%)
        Total votes cast: 1060
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      • Should it be compulsory for healthcare workers to be vaccinated against flu?
        Yes: 515 (49%)
        No: 526 (51%)
        Total votes cast: 1041
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      • Would older people benefit from having a named general practitioner?
        Yes: 625 (87%)
        No: 96 (13%)
        Total votes cast: 721
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      • US: Should the FDA regulate mobile medical apps?
        Yes: 67 (45%)
        No: 83 (55%)
        Total votes cast: 150
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      • India: Do anti-tobacco messages in films and broadcasts deter would-be tobacco users?
        Yes: 32 (45%)
        No: 39 (55%)
        Total votes cast: 71
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      • Do risks outweigh benefits in thrombolysis for stroke?
        Yes: 329 (54%)
        No: 283 (46%)
        Total votes cast: 612
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      • Would learning to code be a good use of doctors' time?
        Yes: 374 (39%)
        No: 597 (61%)
        Total votes cast: 971
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      • US: Is learning to code a good use of doctors' time?
        Yes: 60 (41%)
        No: 86 (59%)
        Total votes cast: 146
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      • India: Would learning to code be a good use of doctors' time?
        Yes: 18 (53%)
        No: 16 (47%)
        Total votes cast: 34
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      • US: Should low risk lesions not be called cancer?
        Yes: 47 (47%)
        No: 54 (53%)
        Total votes cast: 101
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      • India: Is bariatric surgery the answer to India's growing obesity and diabetes problems?
        Yes: 21 (12.5%)
        No: 147 (87.5%)
        Total votes cast: 168
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      • Does the wording of consent forms deter patients from signing up for clinical trials?
        Yes: 210 (73%)
        No: 78 (27%)
        Total votes cast: 288
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      • Do you find patient information leaflets a useful resource in your day to day clinical practice?
        Yes: 324 (70%)
        No: 140 (30%)
        Total votes cast: 464
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      • US: Should payment models for US physicians be driven by outcomes?
        Yes: 94 (49%)
        No: 99 (51%)
        Total votes cast: 531
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      • Should Europe have a universal hepatitis B vaccination programme?
        Yes: 439 (83%)
        No: 92 (17%)
        Total votes cast: 531
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      • Is the UK government right to scrap the Liverpool Care Pathway?
        Yes: 165 (23%)
        No: 538 (77%)
        Total votes cast: 703
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      • India: Is the UK government right to scrap the Liverpool Care Pathway?
        Yes: 2 (50%)
        No: 2 (50%)
        Total votes cast: 4
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      • Does adding routine antibiotics to animal feed pose a serious risk to human health?
        Yes: 589 (90%)
        No: 65 (10%)
        Total votes cast: 654
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      • US: Does adding routine antibiotics to animal feed pose a serious risk to human health?
        Yes: 105 (95%)
        No: 6 (5%)
        Total votes cast: 111
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      • India: Does adding routine antibiotics to animal feed pose a serious risk to human health?
        Yes: 31 (100%)
        No: 0 (0%)
        Total votes cast: 31
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      • Are clinical trial data shared sufficiently today?
        Yes: 44 (9%)
        No: 429 (91%)
        Total votes cast: 473
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      • US: Are clinical trial data shared sufficiently today?
        Yes: 7 (12%)
        No: 50 (88%)
        Total votes cast: 57
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      • India: Are clinical trial data shared sufficiently today?
        Yes: 1 (8%)
        No: 12 (92%)
        Total votes cast: 13
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      • Are hospitals justified in refusing to hire smokers?
        Yes: 436 (46%)
        No: 515 (54%)
        Total votes cast: 951
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      • US: Are hospitals justified in refusing to hire smokers?
        Yes: 59 (44%)
        No: 74 (56%)
        Total votes cast: 133
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      • India: Are hospitals justified in refusing to hire smokers?
        Yes: 24 (77%)
        No: 7 (23%)
        Total votes cast: 31
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      • Should patients with dementia who wander be electronically tagged
        Yes: 574 (76%)
        No: 178 (24%)
        Total votes cast: 752
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      • US: Should electronic cigarettes be as freely available as tobacco cigarettes?
        Yes: 618 (90%)
        No: 69 (10%)
        Total votes cast: 687
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      • India: Should electronic cigarettes be as freely available as tobacco cigarettes?
        Yes: 37 (69%)
        No: 17 (31%)
        Total votes cast: 54
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      • Should electronic cigarettes be as freely available as tobacco cigarettes?
        Yes: 1716 (86%)
        No: 282 (14%)
        Total votes cast: 1998
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      • Will access to individual surgeon's performance data improve patient care?
        Yes: 313 (49%)
        No: 329 (51%)
        Total votes cast: 642
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      • US: Do calorie counts on restaurant menus influence your food choices?
        Yes: 232 (71%)
        No: 95 (29%)
        Total votes cast: 327
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      • India: Should medical abortion be easier for Indian women to access?
        Yes: 57 (77%)
        No: 17 (23%)
        Total votes cast: 74
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      • Is clinical examination dead?
        Yes: 127 (16%)
        No: 680 (84%)
        Total votes cast: 807
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      • India: Should sportspeople be allowed to promote alcohol brands on their sports kit?
        Yes: 8 (10%)
        No: 74 (90%)
        Total votes cast: 82
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      • US: Have the benefits of influenza vaccines been oversold?
        Yes: 128 (67%)
        No: 63 (33%)
        Total votes cast: 191
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      • Should we sequence everyone's genome?
        Yes: 331 (30%)
        No: 781 (70%)
        Total votes cast: 1112
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      • Should governments introduce plain packets for cigarettes?
        Yes: 717 (72%)
        No: 285 (28%)
        Total votes cast: 1002
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      • India: Is it ethical for doctors to take gifts from drug companies?
        Yes: 49 (25%)
        No: 147 (75%)
        Total votes cast: 196
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      • US: Should governments introduce plain packets for cigarettes?
        Yes: 68 (54%)
        No: 59 (46%)
        Total votes cast: 127
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      • US: Should everyone aged 15 - 64 be screened for HIV infection?
        Yes: 84 (63%)
        No: 49 (37%)
        Total votes cast: 133
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      • Should everyone aged 15 - 64 be screened for HIV infection?
        Yes: 572 (49%)
        No: 600 (51%)
        Total votes cast: 1172
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      • Should the legal age for buying tobacco be raised to 21?
        Yes: 848 (80%)
        No: 216 (20%)
        Total votes cast: 1064
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      • US: Should the legal age for buying tobacco be raised to 21?
        Yes: 137 (71%)
        No: 57 (29%)
        Total votes cast: 194
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      • India: Can we leave industry to lead efforts to improve population health?
        Yes: 11 (24%)
        No: 34 (76%)
        Total votes cast: 45
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      • Do patients need to know they are terminally ill?
        Yes: 1,026 (87.5%)
        No: 146 (12.5%)
        Total votes cast: 1,172
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      • US: Should breast cancer drugs be offered to healthy but high risk women?
        Yes: 52 (36%)
        No: 94 (64%)
        Total votes cast: 146
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      • Can we leave industry to lead efforts to improve population health?
        Yes: 72 (11%)
        No: 594 (89%)
        Total votes cast: 666
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      • US: Will the sequester change your practice?
        Yes: 31 (42%)
        No: 43 (58%)
        Total votes cast: 74
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      • India: Will the Indian Supreme Court's dismissal of Novartis' petition for patent protection discourage companies from investing in new drugs?
        Yes: 29 (21%)
        No: 111 (79%)
        Total votes cast: 140
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      • Should drug companies publish the names of doctors to whom they make donations?
        Yes: 999 (89%)
        No: 129 (11%)
        Total votes cast: 1,128
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      • Should GPs on the boards of clinical commissioning groups in England stand down if they have conflicts of interest?
        Yes: 612 (87%)
        No: 91 (13%)
        Total votes cast: 703
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      • US: Will the new DSM-5 lead to patients being mislabelled as mentally ill?
        Yes: 85 (83%)
        No: 17 (17%)
        Total votes cast: 102
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      • India: Are the dangers of antibiotic resistance exaggerated?
        Yes: 30 (38%)
        No: 49 (62%)
        Total votes cast: 79
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      • Will 1 April mark the end of the NHS in England?
        Yes: 493 (58%)
        No: 363 (42%)
        Total votes cast: 761
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      • US: Should fee-for-service be abolished for physician pay?
        Yes: 195 (58%)
        No: 144 (42%)
        Total votes cast: 339
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      • Is it acceptable for people to take cognitive enhancing drugs to improve performance?
        Yes: 326 (43%)
        No: 435 (57%)
        Total votes cast: 761
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      • India: Should AYUSH doctors be allowed to prescribe allopathic drugs?
        Yes: 47% (103)
        No: 53% (114)
        Total votes cast: 217
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      • Are the dangers of antibiotic resistance exaggerated?
        Yes: 19% (216)
        No: 81% (909)
        Total votes cast: 1,125
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      • Should GPs be fined for rises in avoidable emergency admissions?
        Yes: 35% (300)
        No: 65% (558)
        Total votes cast: 858
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      • US: Should gun ownership be documented in electronic patient records?
        Yes: 42% (189)
        No: 58% (264)
        Total votes cast: 453
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      • Should the NHS work at weekends as it does in the week?
        Yes: 64.2% (820)
        No: 35.8% (458)
        Total votes cast: 1,278
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      • India: Is security in Indian hospitals adequate to protect doctors from attacks from aggrieved relatives?
        Yes: 10.3% (27)
        No: 89.7% (236)
        Total votes cast: 263
        Read related news story
      • Should David Nicholson resign in the wake of the Mid Staffs inquiry report?
        Yes: 88% (651)
        No: 12% (85)
        Total votes cast: 736
        Read related article
      • Is a focus on risk in psychiatry an effective way of reducing harm to patients and the public?
        Yes: 62% (206)
        No: 38% (125)
        Total votes cast: 331
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      • US: Is it right that doctors should publish all industry payments over $10?
        Yes: 68% (155)
        No: 32% (72)
        Total votes cast: 227
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      • Will the Francis report lead to improvements in patient care?
        Yes: 43% (204)
        No: 57% (274)
        Total votes cast: 478
        Read related articles
      • Would you encourage your patients to have prostate specific antigen testing?
        Yes: 46% (442)
        No: 54% (519)
        Total votes cast: 961
        Read related clinical review article
      • Are acute hospitals the place for the frail and older people?
        Yes: 16% (132 )
        No: 84% (697)
        Total votes cast: 829
        Read related news article
      • Should free speech be more important than pharma regulation?
        Yes: 60.7% (51)
        No: 39.3% (33)
        Total votes cast: 84
        Read related feature
      • Are antidepressants overprescribed?
        Yes: 79.3% (862)
        No: 20.7% (226)
        Total votes cast: 1088
        Read related head to head Yes:No
      • Will expansion of the NHS abroad benefit UK patients
        Yes: 32% (139)
        No: 68% (229)
        Total votes cast: 438
        Read related head to head Yes:No
      • Is chemical castration an appropriate punishment for rape?
        Yes: 56% (67)
        No: 44% (52)
        Total votes cast: 119
        Read related news story
      • Should everyone over 74 be screened for dementia?
        Yes: 45.3% (665)
        No: 54.7% (802)
        Total votes cast: 1,467
        Read related Observations article
      • Polls in 2012

      • What is more important to you—the taste of food or how healthy it is?
        Taste: 58.5% (954)
        Health: 41.5% (678)
        Total votes cast: 1632
        Read related Christmas research article
      • Do you believe that non-coeliac gluten sensitivity exists?
        Yes: 66.5% (626)
        No: 33.5% (315)
        Total votes cast: 941
        Read related practice article
      • Is it ethical to donate second hand implantable devices to the developing world?
        Yes: 62.6% (518)
        No: 37.4% (309)
        Total votes cast: 827
        Read related blog
      • Is there value in conducting periodic health checks?
        Yes: 63.5% (415)
        No: 36.5% (238)
        Total votes cast: 653
        Read related research paper
      • In view of increasing antimicrobial resistance worldwide, have you changed your prescribing practice for antibiotics?
        Yes: 77.7% (352)
        No: 22.3% (101)
        Total votes cast: 453
        Read related news story
      • India: Should the UK withdraw aid to India?
        Yes: 37.5% (24)
        No: 62.5% (40)
        Total votes cast: 64
        Read related news story
      • Is the Liverpool care pathway fit for purpose?
        Yes: 73% (467)
        No: 27% (173)
        Total votes cast: 640
        Read related news story
      • Should all cosmetic surgery advertising be banned?
        Yes: 64% (558)
        No: 36% (331)
        Total votes cast: 919
        Read related head to head debate
      • Is it unethical to donate used cardioverter defibrillators to patients in India?
        Yes: 19% (194)
        No: 81% (834)
        Total votes cast: 1028
        Read related news story
      • Who is mainly at fault for denying access to negative clinical trial results?
        Pharma: 395 (69%)
        Regulators: 77 (13.5%)
        Legislators: 50 (9%)
        Ethics committees: 35 (6%)
        Universities: 14 (2.5%)
        Total votes cast: 569
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      • Will calorie counts on vending machines reduce consumption of unhealthy foods?
        Yes: 50.23%
        No: 49.77%
        Total votes cast: 1099
        Read related news story
      • Is overtreatment an inevitable consequence of market based healthcare systems?
        Yes: 83%
        No: 17%
        Total votes cast: 878
        Read related feature
      • Would a "tan tax" on indoor tanning salons be an appropriate deterrent?
        Yes: 55%
        No: 45%
        Total votes cast: 664
        Read related personal view
      • Does celebrity involvement in public health campaigns deliver long term benefit?
        Yes: 46.5%
        No: 53.5%
        Total votes cast: 535
        Read related head to head debate Yes and No
      • Is doctors' professional use of social media likely to result in more good than harm?
        Yes: 57%
        No: 43%
        Total votes cast: 516
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      • Are the causes of obesity mainly environmental?
        Yes: 68%
        No: 32%
        Total votes cast: 885
        Read related head to head debate Yes and No
      • Should altruistic kidney donors be able to choose the recipient of their kidney?
        Yes: 48.5%
        No: 51.5%
        Total votes cast: 633
        Read related news
      • Do abstinence programmes have a role in the treatment of heroin addiction?
        Yes: 79%
        No: 21%
        Total votes cast: 315
        Read related personal view
      • Should doctors allow families to veto organ donation requested by their dead relatives?
        Yes: 18.5%
        No: 81.5%
        Total votes cast: 1,570
        Read related personal view
      • Has the current economic downturn adversely affected the health of your patients?
        Yes: 80%
        No: 20%
        Total votes cast: 348
        Read related observations column
      • Should patients be able to control their own records?
        Yes: 58%
        No: 42%
        Total votes cast: 667
        Read related news story
      • Is their any point in measuring people's feelings of well-being?
        Yes: 75%
        No: 25%
        Total votes cast: 586
        Read related news story
      • Is fanaticism a form of madness?
        Yes: 50.9%
        No: 49.1%.
        Total votes cast: 668
        Read related head to head debate Yes and No and blog
      • Should we screen for type 2 diabetes?
        Yes: 83%
        No: 17%.
        Total votes cast: 700
        Read related head to head debate Yes and No
      • Does having a medical parent help or hinder?
        Help: 79%
        Hinder: 29%.
        Total votes cast: 465
        Read related personal view
      • Will the Olympics increase young people's participation in sport?
        Yes: 447 (49.9%%)
        No: 449 (50.1%)
        Read related editorial
      • Should doctor's organisations be neutral on assisted dying?
        Yes: 1,137 (17%)
        No: 5,455 (83%)
        Read related editorial
      • Should we abandon cervical spine manipulation for mechanical neck pain?
        Yes: 284 (24%)
        No: 876 (76%)
        Read related head to head debate Yes and No
      • Should addicts have their benefits cut if they refuse treatment?
        Yes: 806 (65%)
        No: 425 (35%)
        Read related news
      • Should all adults over 50 get statins?
        Yes: 189 (21%)
        No: 704 (79%)
        Read related research news
      • Should child immunisation be mandatory?
        Yes: 813 (37%)
        No: 1366 (63%)
        Read related head to head debate Yes and No
      • Are doctors justified in taking industrial action in defence of their pensions?
        Yes: 514 (65%)
        No: 271 (35%)
        Read related head to head debate Yes and No
      • Should ophthalmologists be encouraged to use bevacizumab to treat age related macular degeneration?
        Yes: 257 (75%)
        No: 85 (25%)
        Read related feature
      • What is the most important change to medical education in the past 20 years?
        Debt? 22% (131 votes)
        Competition to get into medical school? 16% (93 votes)
        Competition for training posts? 14% (82 votes)
        Workforce planning? 9% (53 votes)
        Teaching methods and resources? 40% (238 votes)
      • Is spending on proton beam therapy going too far too fast?
        Yes: 143 (56%)
        No: 112 (44%)
        Read related feature
      • Should doctors have a stronger voice in policy on illegal drug use?
        Yes: 984 (83%)
        No: 198 (17%)
        Read related news story
      • Will minimum alcohol pricing reduce problem drinking?
        Yes: 258 (33%)
        No: 527 (67%)
        Read related news story
      • Should health professionals take a leading role in tackling climate change?
        Yes: 325 (45%)
        No: 394 (55%)
        Read related spotlight article
      • Should Tony Nicklinson, who has locked in syndrome, get medical help to end his life?
        Yes: 748 (37%)
        No: 1285 (63%)
        Read related news
      • Should everyone over 65 be screened for atrial fibrillation?
        Yes: 498 (61%)
        No: 312 (39%)
        Read related news
      • Does psychoanalysis have a place in modern mental health?
        Yes: 575 (63%)
        No: 342 (37%)
        Read related head to head debate Yes;No.
      • Should journals allow peer review only after publication?
        Yes: 26% (118)
        No: 74% (344)
        Read related blog.
      • Should we use elective ventilation to increase organ donation?
        Yes: 66% (313)
        No: 34% (163)
        Read related news.
      • Is providing hospital services seven days a week worth the extra cost?
        Yes: 77% (759)
        No: 23% (223)
        Read related news story.
      • Should the Health and Social Care Bill for England now be withdrawn?
        Yes: 92% (2710)
        No: 8% (241)
        Read related comment article.
      • Does anyone understand why we need the government's plans for the NHS?
        Yes: 20% (154)
        No: 80% (607)
        Read related comment article.
      • Should public funds pay when private healthcare goes wrong?
        Yes: 18% (190)
        No: 82% (865)
        Read related editorial.
      • Should doctors be able to self prescribe?
        Yes: 65% (1052)
        No: 35% (562)
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      • Should governments be allowed to censor research because of biosecurity fears?
        Yes: 252 (42%)
        No: 344 (58%)
        Read related news story.

      Polls in 2011

      • Do you think that Charles Byrne's skeleton should...
        a) now be buried at sea? 453 (53%)
        b) be taken off display and stored in private for research purposes? 117 (14%)
        c) remain where it is on public display? 281 (33%)
        Read related feature.
      • Should we treat lower urinary tract symptoms without a definitive diagnosis?
        Yes: 513 (57%)
        No: 382 (43%)
        Read related head to head debate Yes;No.
      • Should the drug industry be given anonymised patient data?
        Yes: 432 (48%)
        No: 469 (52%)
        Read related news story.
      • Should women be able to request a caesarean section?
        Yes: 694 (46%)
        No: 809 (54%)
        Read related head to head debate Yes;No.
      • Has the closure of psychiatric beds gone too far?
        Yes: 539 (85%)
        No: 92 (15%)
        Read related head to head debate Yes;No.
      • Should doctors encourage people to donate a kidney to a stranger?
        Yes: 420 (36%)
        No: 740 (64%)
        Read related head to head debate No;Yes.
      • Do we need to curb population growth to improve global health?
        Yes: 1,105 (77%)
        No: 334 (23%)
        Read related personal view.
      • Should journals sell reprints?
        Yes: 78 (41%)
        No: 110 (59%)
        Read related head to head debate: Yes;No.
      • Should we use total mortality rather than cancer specific mortality to judge cancer screening programmes?
        Yes: 122 (53%)
        No: 110 (47%)
        Read related head to head debate: Yes, No.
      • Should patients be allowed to spend their personal health budgets on non evidence-based treatments, such as aromatherapy?
        Yes: 235 (40%)
        No: 352 (60%)
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      • Should GP practices be visited without warning to assess quality of care?
        Yes: 343 (81%)
        No: 80 (19%)
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      • Does the evidence support the use of mild hypothermia after cardiac arrest?
        Yes: 106 (73%)
        No: 40 (27%)
        Read related head to head debate:Yes/No
      • Should we regulate the food industry or work with it to tackle NCDs?
        Regulate it: 87 (74%)
        Work with it: 30 (26%)
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      • Should countries introduce minimum alcohol pricing?
        Yes: 162 (61%)
        No: 105 (39%)
        Read related news story
      • Should publicly funded research bodies be allowed to withhold research data from industry?
        Yes: 111 (45%)
        No: 133 (55%)
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      • Should families of drug users be provided with naloxone?
        Yes: 170 (66%)
        No: 87 (34%)
        Read related news story
      • Is the WHO irrelevant?
        Yes: 171 (33%)
        No: 349 (67%)
        Read related feature
      • Should the FDA loosen its conflict of interest rules for advisers?
        Yes: 40 (22%)
        No: 144 (78%)
        Read related news story
      • Should postgraduate membership exams No: longer be held overseas?
        No: 128 (53%)
        Yes: 115 (47%)
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      • Does the use of medical titles by non-doctors mislead patients?
        Yes: 444 (83%)
        No: 89 (17%)
        Read related personal view
      • Should it be compulsory for adult cyclists to wear helmets?
        Yes: 462 (32%)
        No: 978 (68%)
        Read related news story
      • Are open data a good thing?
        Yes: 143 (82%)
        No: 31 (18%)
        Read related observations column
      • Is there evidence that competition in healthcare is a good thing?
        No: 276 (73%)
        Yes: 101 (27%)
        Read related head to head debate
      • Should the Health and Social Care Bill now be withdrawn?
        Yes: 1027 (93%)
        No: 74 (7%)
        Read related editorial
      • Does knowledge of arts and culture make doctors better clinicians?
        Yes: 346 (80%)
        No: 88 (20%)
        Read related personal view
      • Should HIV tests be offered to all patients attending emergency departments?
        Yes: 280 (67%)
        No: 135 (33%)
        Read related news story
      • "Are digital rectal examinations performed in primary care a waste of time?"
        No: 278 (65%)
        Yes: 153 (35%)
        Read related personal view
      • Should non-medical health professionals be the first port of call for patients with back pain?
        Yes: 111 (39%)
        No: 173 (61%)
        Read related personal view
      • Has child protection become a form of madness?
        Yes: 181 (66%)
        No: 93 (34%)
        Read related head to head debate
      • Do you feel confident in discussing dying and death with patients?
        Yes: 162 (66%)
        No: 85 (34%)
        Read related personal view
      • Is the peer review system in crisis?
        Yes: 97 (60%)
        No: 65 (40%)
        Read related news story
      • Should the UN appoint a representative to investigate violations of medical neutrality in countries like Bahrain?
        Yes: 164 (81%)
        No: 39 (19%)
        Read related editorial
      • Should the law on assisted dying be changed?
        Yes: 203 (31%)
        No: 462 (69%)
        Read related head to head debate
      • Is nudge an effective public health strategy to tackle obesity?
        Yes: 61 (34%)
        No: 117 (66%)
        Read related head to head
      • Do most patients want shared decision making?
        Yes: 144 (72%)
        No: 55 (28%)
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      • Should helmets be compulsory for skiers and snowboarders?
        Yes: 343 (65%)
        No: 183 (35%)
        Read related editorial
      • Should the opportunity to sit in on surgery be auctioned to the highest bidder?
        No: 277 (86%)
        Yes: 44 (14%)
        Read related personal view
      • Compared with now, do you think healthcare in England in five years' time will be: Much better, better, the same, worse, or much worse?
        Much better 49 (4%)
        Better 132 (11%)
        Same 154 (13%)
        Worse 428 (36%)
        Much worse 420 (36%)
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      • Have we gone too far in translating ideas from aviation to patient safety?
        Yes: 99 (51%)
        No: 95 (49%)
        Read related head to head debate
      • Is NHS Employers justified in trying to impose a freeze on incremental pay progression for NHS staff?
        Yes: 89 (22%)
        No: 313 (78%)
      • Should children aged 5 years or younger be included in the flu vaccination programme?
        Yes: 420 (49%)
        No: 440 (51%)

      Polls in 2010

      • Is it ever justified to submit a hoax abstract to an international meeting?
        Yes: 253 (35%)
        No: 473 (65%)
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      • Should a paper supporting Seroxat use in adolescents be retracted?
        Yes: 87 (65%)
        No: 47 (35%)
        Read related feature
      • Should health systems stop supporting low volume units?
        No: 156 (64%)
        Yes: 87 (36%)
        Read related news story
      • Is the UK coalition government turning the clock back on advances in public health?
        Yes: 211 (78%)
        No: 59 (22%)
        Read related feature
      • Should the law on orphan drugs be changed?
        Yes: 112 (77%)
        No: 33 (23%)
        Read related feature
      • Should rationing of drugs be done by individual doctors or by a national body?
        National body: 322 (70%)
        Individual doctors: 137 (30%)
        Read related Q&A briefing
      • Does choice matter more to politicians and patient advocates than it does to patients?
        Yes: 220 (66%)
        No: 113 (34%)
        Read related analysis
      • Are the cuts fair?
        No: 146 (62%)
        Yes: 90 (38%)
        Read related head to head
      • Should drug misusers be paid to be sterilised?
        No: 314 (68%)
        Yes: 145 (32%)
        Read related news story
      • Would a tax on high fat/sugar foods help reduce obesity levels?
        Yes: 258 (50.5%)
        No: 253 (49.5%)
        Read related observations column
      • Should NHS mental health services fear the private sector?
        Yes: 117 (62%)
        No: 72 (38%)
        Read related head to head debate
      • Should all athletes have ECG screening?
        Yes: 236 (71.5%)
        No: 94 (28.5%)
        Read related head to head debate
      • Have targeted cancer drugs met expectations?
        No: 92 (75.4%)
        Yes: 30 (24.6%)
      • How confident are you that key proposals of the NHS white paper for England will take effect?
        100%: 28 (9.59%)
        75%: 43 (14.73%)
        50%: 75 (25.68%)
        25%: 93 (31.85%)
        0%: 53 (18.15%)
      • Should doctors regulate themselves?
        Yes: 198 (57%)
        No: 151 (43%)
      • Should people with dementia be allowed to vote?
        Yes: 208 (52%)
        No: 194 (48%)
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      • Should egg and sperm donors be paid more to reduce shortages in IVF clinics?
        Yes: 124 (44%)
        No: 159 (56%)
        Read related news story
      • Should ending mixed sex wards be a government priority?
        Yes: 108 (34%)
        No: 210 (66%)
        Read the related news story
      • Should the role of GPs in maternity care be strengthened?
        Yes: 146 (65%)
        No: 80 (35%)
        Read related news story
      • Have you ever taken modafinil, methylphenidate, and atomoxetine to boost your cognitive performance?
        No: 363 (91%)
        Yes: 38 (9%)
        Read related editorial
      • Should rosiglitazone be withdrawn?
        Yes: 149 (80%)
        No: 38 (20%)
        Read related news story
      • Will GP commissioning improve patient care?
        No: 269 (73.7%)
        Yes: 96 (26.3%)
        Read related news story
      • How often do you notice bias in industry sponsored educational materials?
        Often: 97 (70.8%)
        Sometimes: 31 (22.6%)
        Never: 9 (6.6%)
      • Should locum agencies be regulated?
        Yes: 169 (91%)
        No: 17 (9%)
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      • Is offering unemployment advice part of a family doctor's remit?
        No: 175 (71%)
        Yes: 72 (29%)
        Read related editorial
      • Should the Quality and Outcomes Framework be abolished?
        Yes: 38 (47%)
        No: 43 (53%)
        Read related head to head
      • Is reforming the tax system the best way to address the income inequalities that underlie health inequalities?
        Yes: 95 (64%)
        No: 54 (36%)
        Read related observations column
      • Should health policy focus on physical inactivity rather than obesity?
        Yes: 318 (83%)
        No: 65 (17%)
        Read related head to head
      • Is homophobia fuelling Africa's HIV epidemic?
        Yes: 184 (53%)
        No: 162 (47%)
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      • Is the coalition's health policy going to be good for the NHS?
        Yes: 62 (52%)
        No: 58 (48%)
        See related news story
      • Should the world follow Australia and introduce plain packets for cigarettes?
        Yes: 247 (70%)
        No: 105 (30%)
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      • Should medical students be regulated?
        Yes: 456 (67%)
        No: 225 (33%)
        See related head to head debate
      • Can the NHS cut costs without substantially damaging the quality of healthcare?
        Yes: 152 (48%)
        No: 165 (52%)
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      • Should researchers make the raw data from their studies available to anyone who asks for them?
        Yes: 488 (74%)
        No: 179 (26%)
        Read related observations article
      • Is the NHS three times better than in 1979?
        No: 166 (60%)
        Yes: 113 (41%)
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      • Which of these situations worry you most in your career? (Total number of votes=326)
        1. When it's in the public interest to breach patient confidentiality: 136 votes
        2. Breaking bad news and advance care planning: 94 votes
        3. Appropriate off label prescribing: 35 votes
        4. Maximising people's ability to consent to research involvement: 31 votes
        5. Talking to patients about CPR and a DNACPR order: 30 votes
      • Should primary care physicians refuse to see the worried well?
        Yes: 87 (22%)
        No: 310 (78%)
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      • Will a market deliver quality and efficiency in health care better than central planning ever could?
        Yes: 72 (34%)
        No: 142 (66%)
        Read related head to head debate
      • Will the new assisted suicide policy change your practice?
        Yes: 49 (28%)
        No: 123 (72%)
        Read related news story 
      • Should homoeopathy be available on the NHS?
        Yes: 2208 (19%)
        No: 8730 (81%)
        Read related news story.
      • Has guideline development gone astray?
        Yes: 138 (72.6%)
        No: 52 (27.4%)
        Read related head to head debate

      Polls in 2009

      • Which of these songs would you use for CPR training? (Total votes=1764)    
        - Bee Gees - Staying alive: 635 votes (36%)
        - Mandy Miller - Nellie the elephant: 351 votes (20%)
        - Queen - Another one bites the dust: 317 votes (18%)          
        - Other*: 119 votes(7%)          
        - The Whispers - And the beat goes on: 107 votes (6% )
        - KC & The Sunshine Band - That's the way I like it: 95 votes (5%) 
        - The Backstreet Boys - Quit playing games (with my heart): 72 votes  (4%)
        - Billy Ray Cyrus - Achy Breaky Heart: 68 votes (4%)

        *Includes: Theme from the Archers,  Ave Maria or the Faure Requiem, Anarchy in the UK, Baa baa black sheep, London Bridge, Michael Jackson - Billie Jean, Guns'n'Roses - Knocking on heaven's door
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      • Would you publicly confess to a serious mistake if you thought others could learn from your experience?
        Yes: 325 (76%)
        No: 104 (24%)
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      • Is the conflict of interest unacceptable when drug companies conduct trials on their own drugs?
        Yes: 400 (75%)
        No: 133 (25%)
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      • Should the NHS strive to eradicate all unexplained variation in practice?
        No: 181 (65%)
        Yes: 96 (35%)
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      • Do you need a degree to nurse?
        Yes: 308 (39%)
        No: 477 (61%)
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      • Do restrictions on working hours of doctors compromise surgical education?
        Yes: 279 (69%)
        No: 123 (31%)
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      • Was home secretary Alan Johnson justified in sacking his drugs adviser David Nutt?
        Yes: 156 (18%)
        No: 728 (82%)
        Related news story
      • Is ageism a common problem in the NHS?
        Yes: 207 (78%)
        No: 57 (22%)
        Related news story
      • Will you take the swine flu vaccine?
        Yes: 446 (42%)
        No: 612 (58%)
        Related news story
      • Are women doctors still discriminated against?
        Yes: 320 (55%)
        No: 261 (45%)
        Related news story
      • Do gyms have responsibilities for people with eating disorders?
        Yes: 186 (39%)
        No: 296 (61%)
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      • Should doctors treating patients with genetic diseases be allowed to disclose information to blood relatives at risk?
        Yes: 315 (69%)
        No: 142 (31%)
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      • Should under 5s be allowed to touch animals at petting farms?
        Votes: Yes: 473 (82%);
        No: 106 (18%)
        Related news story
      • Is population stabilisation crucial to tackling climate change?
        Votes: Yes: 277 (79%);
        No: 72 (21%)
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      • Should all alcohol advertising be banned?
        Votes: Yes: 456 (70%);
        No: 191 (30%)
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      • Should youth mental health become a speciality in its own right?
        Votes: Yes: 243 (72%);
        No: 94 (28%)
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      • Is rate more important than rhythm in treating atrial fibrillation?
        Votes: Yes: 345 (75%);
        No: 114 (25%)
        Related head to head
      • Does Helicobacter pylori really cause duodenal ulcers?
        Votes: Yes: 425 (83%);
        No: 89 (17%)
        Related head to head
      • Should antivirals be given to young people with mild symptoms of A/H1N1?
        Votes: Yes: 65 (14%);
        No: 390 (86%)
        Related research
      • Do not-for-profit nursing homes provide better quality?
        Votes: Yes: 109 (66%);
        No: 57 (34%)
        Related research
      • Should we stop screening women under 25 for cervical cancer?
        Votes: Yes: 156 (35%);
        No: 287 (65%)
        Related research
      • Do you feel equipped to manage patients with swine flu?
        Votes: Yes: 112 (46%);
        No: 131 (54%)
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      • Is systolic blood pressure all that matters?
        Votes: Yes: 89 (17%);
        No: 434 (83%)
        Related head to head debate: Yes; No
      • Have you changed your behaviour as a consequence of swine flu? (July 2009)
        Votes: Yes: 149 (25%);
        No: 457 (75%)
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      • Would you recommend to your patients, family, or friends to attend breast screening? (July 2009)
        Votes: Yes: 293 (85%);
        No: 53 (15%)
        Related observation
      • Is it acceptable for people to take methylphenidate to enhance performance? (June 2009)
        Votes: Yes: 100 (27%);
        No: 264 (73%)
        Related head to head debate; Yes; No
      • Is medicine failing male patients? (June 2009)
        Votes: Yes: 119 (53%);
        No: 104 (47%)
        Related personal view
      • Does English libel law threaten scientific debate in health care? (June 2009)
        Votes: Yes: 92 (80%);
        No: 23 (20%)
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      • Would you blow the whistle if you saw a senior colleague repeatedly making mistakes? (June 2009)
        Votes: Yes: 471 (87%); No: 71 (13%)
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      • Should blood pressure lowering drugs be offered to all people over a certain age? (May 2009)
        Votes: Yes: 132 (33%); No: 272 (67%)
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      • Should hospices be exempt from following national cardiopulmonary resuscitation guidelines? (March 2009)
        Votes: Yes: 272 (60%); No: 180 (40%)
        Related head to head debate: Yes; No
      • Should people at risk of reinfarction have defibrillators available at home?(March 2009) 
        Votes: Yes: 39 (49%); No: 40 (51%)
        Related head to head debate: Yes; No
      • Will doctor rating sites improve standards of care? (March 2009)
        Votes: Yes: 26 (30%); No: 60 (70%)
        Related head to head debate: Yes; No
      • Should all patients be offered online access to their medical records? (March 2009)
        Votes: Yes: 106 (65%); No: 57 (35%)
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      • Should men who have ever had sex with men be banned from giving blood? February 2009.
        Votes: No: 300 (55%); Yes: 244 (45%)
        Read related head to head debate: Yes; No
      • Who should receive the BMJ Group award for lifetime achievement?  (February 2009)
        The winner will be announced at the awards ceremony on 2 April.
      • Doctors and the drug industry: what's in the best interests of patients and the public?  (February 2009)
        1. Tighter standards of conduct: 103 votes (42%)
        2. No: relationship: 60 votes (25%)
        3. Less but better regulation: 38 votes (16%)
        4. Closer working: 30 votes (12%)
        5. No: change:    12 votes (5%)

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      • Will the WHO's surgical safety checklist change practice?  (January 2009)
        Votes: Yes: 138 (66%); No: 71 (34%)
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      • Have NHS targets such as minimum waiting times done more harm than good? (January 2009)
        Votes: Yes: (%); No: (%)
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      • Should doctors work beyond 70? (January 2009)
        Votes: Yes: 484 (40%); No: 726 (60%)
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      Polls in 2008

      • Should drug companies teach therapeutics to medical undergraduates? (January 2009)
        Votes: Yes: 155 (22%); No: 560 (78%)
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      • Should the contraceptive pill be available without prescription? (December 2008)
        Votes: Yes: 660 (54%); No: 568 (46%)
        Read related head to head debate: Yes; No
      • Should smoking in outside public spaces be banned? (December 2008)
        Votes: Yes: 416 (58%); No: 307 (42%)
        Reead related head to head debate: Yes; No
      • Should doctors encourage patients to make decisions about their future care in case incapacity strikes? (December 2008) Votes: Yes 465 (87%); No: 67 (13%)
      • Would you advise a friend or relative to become a doctor? (December 2008)
        Votes: Yes: 461 (52%); No: 420 (48%)
        Read related personal view.
      • Will financial penalties improve control of hospital acquired infections? (November 2008)
        Votes: Yes: 119 (42%); No: 164 (58%)         
        Read related analysis.
      • Should restaurant menus include nutrition labelling information? (November 2008)
        Votes: Yes: 480 (69%); No: 217 (31%)
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      • Should world leaders be obliged to make their health records public? (November 2008)
        Votes: Yes: 211 (34%); No: 416 (66%)  
        Read related personal view.
      • Should immunisation be mandatory for healthcare workers (Novermber 2008)
        Votes: Yes: 493 (62%); No: 302 (38%)
        Related head to head debate: Yes; No
      • Which presidential candidate has better plans for US health reform? (October 2008)
        Votes: Barack Obama 877 (85%); John McCain 160 (15%)
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      • Should developed countries become net exporters of health professionals? (October 2008)
        Votes: Yes: 217 (59%); No: 150 (41%)
        Read related editorial and features (International action on migration of health workers, Fighting the brain drain)
      • Should doctors lead on rationing decisions? (October 2008)
        Votes: Yes: 155 (62%); No: 93 (38%)
        Read related editorial, feature, and analysis (Clinical priority setting, Accountability for reasonableness, Moving forward on rationing)
      • Does NICE deserve its bad press? (October 2008)
        Votes: Yes: 166 votes (41%); No: 236 (59%)
        Read related observations article
      • Should there be a ceiling on what percentage of GDP countries spend on health? (September 2008)
        Votes: Yes: 101 (34%); No: 199 (66%)
        Read related head to head debate: Yes; No.
      • Should medical records remain confidential after a patient's death? (September 2008)
        Votes: Yes: 431 (69%); No: 195 (31%)
        Read related news.
      • Is early intervention in the major psychiatric disorders justified? (September 2008)
        Votes: Yes: 303 (85%); No: 52 (15%)
        Related head to head debate: Yes; No.
      • Should primary care be nurse led? (September 2008)
        Votes: Yes: 323 (30%); No: 737 (70%)
        Related head to head debate: Yes; No.
      • Are national qualifying examinations a fair way to rank medical students?
        (August 2008)
        Votes: Yes: 434 (53%); No: 389 (47%)
        Related head to head debate: Yes; No
      • Should the UK instigate universal childhood immunisation against the varicella zoster virus (responsible for chickenpox and shingles)? (August 2008)
        Votes: Yes: 291 (63%) ; No: 171 (37%)
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      • Should the NHS fund drugs that have not yet been approved by NICE?
        (August 2008)
        Votes: Yes: 264 (43%); No: 354 (57%)
        Read related news.
      • Should failed asylum seekers be denied free primary care?
        (July 2008)
        Votes: Yes: 289 (36%); No: 518 (64%)
        Read related personal view.
      • Should doctors advise people to limit the number of children they have for the sake of the environment?
        Votes: Yes: 513 (46%); No: 609 (54%)
        Read related editor's choice.
      • Has the UK's four hour emergency care target compromised patient safety? (July 2008)
        Votes: Yes: 172 (72%); No: 67 (28%)
      • Should disadvantaged people be paid to take care of their health?
        Votes: Yes: 183 (34%); No: 363 (66%)
      • Should geriatric medicine remain a specialty? (July 2008)
        Votes: Yes: 587 (80%); No: 146 (20%)
      • Are international medical conferences an outdated luxury the planet can’t afford?
        (July 2008)
        Votes: Yes: 471 (59%); No: 324 (41%)
      • Are the NHS's founding principles still relevant in 21st century Britain?
        (June 2008)
        Votes: Yes: 496 (70%); No: 215 (30%)
      • Should patients be fined if they miss appointments? (June 2008)
        Votes: Yes: 299 (51%); No: 292 (49%)
      • Should all healthcare interventions be rigorously tested before their introduction?(June 2008)
        Votes: Yes: 392 (78%); No: 111 (22%)
      • Is it feasible for GPs to put all 40-75 year olds on statins based on cardiovascular risk, ethnicity, and family history? (June 2008)
        Votes: Yes: 416 (44%); No: 522 (56%)
      • Were MPs right to allow the creation of "admixed" human and animal embryos for research in the United Kingdom? (May 2008)
        Votes: Yes: 271 (36%); No: 480 (64%)
      • Would you share the answers to exam questions if you were exclusively told them in advance? (May 2008)
        Votes: Yes: 57 (58%); No: 42 (42%)
      • Should hypertension be treated aggressively even in very old patients? (May 2008)
        Votes: Yes: 362 (49%); No: 374 (51%)
      • Should patients be able to pay top-up fees for treatments not funded by the NHS? (May 2008)
        Votes: Yes: 375 (71%); No: 151 (29%)
      • Does it matter if medical graduates don't get jobs as doctors? (May 2008)
        Votes: Yes: 1025 (81%); No: 246 (19%)
      • Do we need polyclinics? (April 2008)
        Votes: Yes: 361 (66%); No: 188 (34%)
      • Should we screen for abdominal aortic aneurysm? (April 2008)
        Votes: Yes: 333 (66%); No: 175 (34%)
      • Which health project would make the greatest difference to health care? (April 2008)
        • Palliative care for all at the end of life: 1552 votes (38%)
        • Combating drug resistant infections in poor countries: 879 votes (22%)
        • Better care for the elderly with multiple health problems: 686 votes (17%) Improving chronic pain management: 487 (12%)
        • Reducing excessive drinking in young women: 331 votes (8%)
        • Helping to reduce adverse drug reactions in elderly patients: 111 votes (3%)

      • Are there too many female medical graduates? (April 2008)
        Votes: Yes: 454 (44%); No: 568 (56%)
      • Should pharmaceutical companies enjoy greater legal freedoms to provide prescription drug information directly to the public? (March 2008)
        Votes: Yes: 220 (20%); No: 870 (80%)
      • Should responsibility for signing people off sick be transferred from GPs to occupational health teams? (March 2008)
        Votes: Yes: 419 (56%); No: 326 (44%)
      • Should all doctors have a legal obligation to offer assistance in an inflight medical
        emergency? (March 2008)
        Votes: Yes: 458 (53%); No: 408 (47%)
      • Should doctors change their practice in prescribing antidepressants in the light of last month's research? (March 2008)
        Votes: Yes: 876 (71%); No: 355 (29%)
      • Has the hunt for conflicts of interests gone too far? (February 2008)
        Votes: Yes: 197 (45%); No: 246 (56%)
      • Do you object to continuing medical education being funded by the pharmaceutical industry? (February 2008)
        Votes: Yes: 853 (55%); No: 669 (45%)
      • Should doctors advocate snus and other nicotine replacements? (February 2008)
        Votes: Yes: 195 (61%); No: 124 (39%)
      • Is it time to stop using the term "sudden infant death syndrome"? (February 2008)
        Votes: Yes: 584 (60%); No: 381 (40%)
      • Is the obesity epidemic exaggerated? (February 2008)
        Votes: Yes: 987 (73%); No: 371 (27%)
      • Is climate change a matter for doctors? (January 2008)
        Votes: Yes: 805 (69%); No: 363 (31%)
      • Should the Tooke report on postgraduate medical education and training be implemented in full? (January 2008)
        Votes: Yes: 429 (74%); No: 153 (26%)