BMJ Best Practice

How to access BMJ Best Practice for the first time via OpenAthens.

1. Log in and create your personal account


Versatile and smart, BMJ Best Practice is your expert guide to diagnosis, prognosis, treatment and prevention, anytime, anywhere.


Follow these 3 quick steps

  1.  Click ‘Access BMJ Best Practice’ button below.
  2.  You can access via your Institution using your OpenAthens username and password to sign in*.
  3.  Register for your BMJ Best Practice personal account.                                                                 

*If you need help with your OpenAthens account or setting up BMJ Best Practice, contact your local NHS library.

2. Download the BMJ Best Practice app


All your answers, all in one app. Unlimited access anywhere, anytime. It’s easy to find answers quickly on or offline with the BMJ Best Practice App.


Follow these 3 quick steps

  1. First, create your BMJ Best Practice personal account.
  2. Visit your Apple or Google play store and search for ‘BMJ Best Practice’ to download.
  3. Use your BMJ Best Practice ‘personal account’ details to sign in and download the content.

BMJ Best Practice – Clinical Tutorial and User Guide

The below tutorial offers step by step guidance on setting up your account and getting started with Best Practice.

Introducing the Comorbidities Manager within BMJ Best Practice

Rising to the comorbidities challenge     

Both senior and junior healthcare professionals in the acute setting often struggle with the diagnosis and treatment of patients who present with existing conditions.

In the UK, one in three adults suffer from multiple chronic conditions and most patients in the acute setting have more than one medical condition. This is a significant and costly global problem.

Managing the treatment of patients with comorbidities is hard – clinical guidelines only focus on single conditions – but failure to manage comorbidities leads to worse clinical outcomes and longer lengths of stay.

In response to this, BMJ has integrated the Comorbidities Manager into BMJ Best Practice. This is the only point of care tool that supports the management of the whole patient by including guidance on the treatment of a patient’s acute condition alongside their pre-existing comorbidities. 

Healthcare professionals are prompted to consider the patient’s comorbidities when accessing treatment information. The tool then produces an initial management plan that is tailored to the unique needs of the patient. Content is written using evidence-based guidelines, as well as by Clinical Experts.

Treating the acute presentation alongside existing conditions in this way enables hospitals to increase quality of care and efficiencies through the effective management of the patient. 

This in turn means:

  • better clinical outcomes
  • shorter hospital stays
  • and fewer readmissions.

Watch these videos to learn more about the Comorbidities Manager:

How to use the Comorbidities Manager

Hear from the Comorbidities Expert Panel

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