Re: Chronic-disease rates cut in half! Author replies

I would like to thank Dr Cridland for his comments on my article, “Chronic Disease Rates Cut in Half!” Yes indeed, perhaps I did not go far enough. I do believe that doctors are the most influential health professionals in our patients’ lives. To be effective we must walk the talk and be examples of what we tell our patients. However, I don’t believe we can be effective in promoting chronic disease prevention on our own. First, being realistic, we don’t have the time it takes to do motivational interviews with our patients. Second, there are others who are better trained than us at doing this important task. What we need to do is direct our patients to where they can get this help. The Strategic Health Alliance in Kamloops is an example of this. With a doctor’s referral, patients can attend a 12-week program to help them make lifestyle changes that will assist in preventing or helping with their chronic disease.

On a somewhat encouraging note, I can report that nutrition and exercise are now themes in the UBC Faculty of Medicine’s renewed curriculum. I hope this will begin to instruct the next generation of doctors in the importance of these lifestyle factors. 
—Ron Wilson, MD
Athletics and Recreation Committee

Ron Wilson, MD,. Re: Chronic-disease rates cut in half! Author replies. BCMJ, Vol. 58, No. 4, May, 2016, Page(s) 184 - Letters.



Above is the information needed to cite this article in your paper or presentation. The International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) recommends the following citation style, which is the now nearly universally accepted citation style for scientific papers:
Halpern SD, Ubel PA, Caplan AL, Marion DW, Palmer AM, Schiding JK, et al. Solid-organ transplantation in HIV-infected patients. N Engl J Med. 2002;347:284-7.

About the ICMJE and citation styles

The ICMJE is small group of editors of general medical journals who first met informally in Vancouver, British Columbia, in 1978 to establish guidelines for the format of manuscripts submitted to their journals. The group became known as the Vancouver Group. Its requirements for manuscripts, including formats for bibliographic references developed by the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM), were first published in 1979. The Vancouver Group expanded and evolved into the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE), which meets annually. The ICMJE created the Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals to help authors and editors create and distribute accurate, clear, easily accessible reports of biomedical studies.

An alternate version of ICMJE style is to additionally list the month an issue number, but since most journals use continuous pagination, the shorter form provides sufficient information to locate the reference. The NLM now lists all authors.

BCMJ standard citation style is a slight modification of the ICMJE/NLM style, as follows:

  • Only the first three authors are listed, followed by "et al."
  • There is no period after the journal name.
  • Page numbers are not abbreviated.


For more information on the ICMJE Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals, visit www.icmje.org

BCMJ Guidelines for Authors

Leave a Reply