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Community & Oral Health Library: Journal Club

Library services provided to the diverse, interdisciplinary health service teams operating within this Directorate across Brisbane, Metro North.

Journal Club Overview

Is your workplace discussing implementation of evidence-based practice? Are you interested in improving patient outcomes? Then organizing a group of your peers to develop a journal club is a great idea! A formal journal club facilitates discussing and evaluating new research and its application to practice and improving patient care. The advantages of using a journal club are that you and your peers can keep current with new clinical knowledge, learn to evaluate the strength of evidence, promote implementation of new knowledge into practice, and improve patient outcomes - in addition to providing new social and networking opportunities. In its most basic form, a club would consist of:

  1. A facilitator for the meeting (Initially, this could be a clinical educator, clinical nurse specialist, nurse practitioner, nurse manager, or senior staff member, with journal club members then taking turns to lead subsequent journal club sessions.)
  2. Select a convenient meeting time and location.
  3. Post and distribute copies of the selected research article and discussion questions prior to each meeting.
  4. Encourage active participation of those attending by using written discussion questions.
  5. Evaluate the journal club. At the end of the session, gather feedback from participants.
  6. Set the date for the next club meeting.

Journals with Pre-Appraised Content

Nursing Journals

These journals are provided via Queensland Health Libraries and ClinicalKey.  You may need to Register to access content from off site as a Library user or with CKN.

Alerting services are available from many journals and/or databases to keep you up-to-date on areas of interest.

  • Journals: Register your email to receive Table of Content for each new issues. Many journals now have Twitter alerts. See individual journal homepages for details. JournalTOCs is a free service that can be accessed online rather than receiving alerts.  
  • Databases: Some provide regular Topic email alerts to registered users with lists of articles matching your search criteria. PubMed (requires free registration through My NCBI, Guide to setup/edit PubMed alerts) and Google Scholar (alerts require a Google account) also provide a similar service.

Journals with Clubs

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