• Publications
  • Influence
Supporting surgery for obstetric fistula
  • R. Coombes
  • Medicine
    BMJ : British Medical Journal
  • 11 November 2004
A pioneering centre in Ethiopia that tackles the burden of fistula has become a blueprint for similar services elsewhere in Africa and Asia
Cannabis regulation: high time for change?
  • R. Coombes
  • Medicine
    BMJ : British Medical Journal
  • 21 May 2014
TLDR
Rebecca Coombes looks at recent moves to regulate production and the potential effects on public health in countries where cannabis is widely available.
Doctors demand national screening for chlamydia
  • R. Coombes
  • Medicine
    BMJ : British Medical Journal
  • 10 June 2004
TLDR
The BMA's annual conference of public health medicine has called on the government to roll out screening for chlamydia across the United Kingdom as a matter of urgency.
Covid-19: The inside story of the RECOVERY trial
The UK’s flagship covid-19 clinical trial has been hailed worldwide—but some say it is far from perfect. Jacqui Wise and Rebecca Coombes unpick the criticisms that still surround a vital cog in the
Dr Nurse will see you now
  • R. Coombes
  • Medicine
    BMJ : British Medical Journal
  • 9 September 2008
Nurses are increasingly taking on doctors’ roles but, as Rebecca Coombes reports, lack of regulation is making their acceptance more difficult
Europe steps up action against vaccine hesitancy as measles outbreaks continue
  • R. Coombes
  • Medicine
    British Medical Journal
  • 16 October 2017
TLDR
The goal of eliminating measles from Europe was dealt a blow last week after new data showed how outbreaks continue to sweep the continent, but the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control praised Denmark for taking its message to social media in a campaign that is showing some early promise.
Developed world is robbing African countries of health staff
  • R. Coombes
  • Medicine
    BMJ : British Medical Journal
  • 21 April 2005
TLDR
Delegates from the United States, Canada, Africa, the Commonwealth, and the United Kingdom were convened to discuss the growing crisis in developing countries caused by the escalating migration of doctors and nurses.
Open Payments goes live with pharma to doctor fee data: first analysis
TLDR
It’s just 24 hours since the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services transparency database went live, detailing for the first time payments by US drug and device makers to doctors and teaching hospitals in the country, and so far the database shows only a partial view.
How specialist training reform sparked crisis of confidence
  • R. Coombes
  • Medicine
    BMJ : British Medical Journal
  • 8 March 2007
Computer crashes, 8000 angry junior doctors fearing unemployment, and talk of a shambolic and corrupt selection process have dominated recent coverage of Modernising Medical Careers
Evidence lacking for memory clinics to tackle dementia, say critics
  • R. Coombes
  • Medicine
    BMJ : British Medical Journal
  • 9 February 2009
TLDR
The editor of the James Lind Library and formerly of the Cochrane Collaboration, Iain Chalmers, said that he was sceptical about a new network of memory clinics in England and Wales.
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