Prognosis Research Published in Top Medical Journals

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Posted on 11 February 2013

Two top medical journals have joined together to publish a series on the issues surrounding research into prognosis by a team of international researchers, including three staff from Primary Care Sciences at Keele, professors Danielle van der Windt, pictured, Peter Croft and George Peat.

The aim of prognosis research is to provide high quality information for patients about the likely course of their disease or health problem.  Information about prognosis helps patients and clinicians to make better decisions regarding treatment.

This week, PLOS Medicine and the BMJ have each published two articles in the PROGRESS series on prognosis research ( PLOS Medicine is publishing the second and third articles in the series and the BMJ is publishing the first and fourth articles.

The joint international collaboration highlights the importance of this area of research.  More people now live with chronic health problems than at any other time in history and 'prognosis' is no longer simply about how long people will live with a given disease or condition, but how well they can live in terms of staying active, being able to do the things they want to do, and receiving treatment that is right for them.