The importance of appraising articles and conducting psychiatric journal clubs

Miller, Edward, Weightman, Michael James, Basu, Ashna, and Amos, Andrew (2023) The importance of appraising articles and conducting psychiatric journal clubs. Australiasian Psychiatry, 31 (6). pp. 725-729.

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Objective: To describe the importance of scientifically rigorous journal clubs in psychiatric education, and to provide a framework to effectively run journal clubs and appraise articles in a journal club format. This paper explores the concept of journal clubs and describes issues with the current state of academic science. It then lists factors associated with effectiveness of journal clubs and outlines a structure for appraising articles relevant to psychiatric practice in a journal club format.

Conclusions: Current models of academic research and publishing, which can reward practices vulnerable to multiple forms of bias, make the consistent and valued use of journal clubs in psychiatric education and continuing professional development more important than ever. The literature shows that journal clubs can provide a valuable forum for mental health clinicians to update themselves on recent medical and scientific knowledge, while practicing and teaching skills in critical appraisal of research, statistics, clinical decision-making and epidemiology.

Item ID: 80409
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1440-1665
Keywords: basic science, journal club, psychiatric education
Copyright Information: © The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists 2023. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License. Article reuse guidelines:
Date Deposited: 12 Mar 2024 23:07
FoR Codes: 32 BIOMEDICAL AND CLINICAL SCIENCES > 3202 Clinical sciences > 320221 Psychiatry (incl. psychotherapy) @ 50%
39 EDUCATION > 3903 Education systems > 390305 Professional education and training @ 50%
SEO Codes: 16 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 1601 Learner and learning > 160104 Professional development and adult education @ 100%
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