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To the Editor:
Gaps between the international research world and field practitioners have been observed in many areas, including occupational and environmental health. The International Labor Organization, World Health Organization, and worldwide associations such as the International Commission on Occupational Health, and International Occupational Medicine networks have tried to fill these gaps.1–4
In this context, and to improve the knowledge of trainees in occupational and environmental health in France, an open source was implemented in August 2017 on the Web to enable comments in a short video on a recently published paper that needs to be known to field practitioners.5 Each day a first selection set is made using the PubMed database, providing titles and abstracts of articles from the main occupational journals, for the occupational topics: general medicine, emergency, respiratory, musculoskeletal, psychiatric, epidemiological, and toxicological journals (with about 500 to 800 hits/ wk). Then, every 2 to 4 weeks, full-text versions of selected papers are read extensively and evaluated (around 5 to 20 papers). The most relevant paper of the period is chosen based on 1/methodology (high quality only) and 2/interest for the occupational practitioner. A short video (less than 3 minutes) summarizes the paper, its principal limitations, and the take home message for practitioners. The text of the video is also published in French to increase visibility.6 In our country, where most of the practitioners are francophone, the videos are in French. However, since August 2018, it has been decided to provide a video in English, though not by a native English speaker.7
Many limitations exist: first, the project is based on an individual initiative with no special funding. Technical improvements have been made, using follower feedback, though it is not professionally supported. However, it allows us to remain completely free and independent, and to adapt the number of videos available at a given time. Second, being editor in chief of a journal might constitute a conflict of interest. Nevertheless, no paper of this journal has been or will be presented. Third, there is subjectivity in the choice of the papers presented: occupational and environmental health is an extremely broad specialty, and the research and clinical topics of our team are more likely to be chosen. Finally, the only link is to PubMed, because otherwise the full-text paper would not be freely available in many cases.
In sum, a modest contribution has been developed to increase the visibility of research in occupational and environmental health and its transmission to field practitioners. Editing the text on the website of journals (not only in French), and collaboration with more than one team might be of interest in the future.
The authors would like to thank Richard Carter for helping us to improve the language of this document.
1. Loeppke R, Heron R, Bazas T, et al. Global trends in occupational medicine: results of the international occupational medicine society collaborative survey. J Occup Environ Med
6. Descatha A. Votre « Revue de presse scientifique » revient ! [Your scientific press review is back!]. Arch Mal Prof Environ