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Journal Clubs for Family Physicians – How Family Physicians Stay Up to Date

DOI: 10.3238/zfa.2018.0339-0344

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Keywords: continuous medical education family medicine family physicians journal club quality circle

Background: Information overload due to an increasing number of scientific publications and limited time due to a high workload in daily practice can make it difficult for family physicians to stay up to date with medical knowledge. Based on existing quality circles we established and evaluated a journal club for experienced physicians and doctors in training. The aim of this paper was to assess the journal club‘s perceived utility for the participants.Methods: Doctors in trainings identified relevant publications in online databases and discussed them in a closed online forum including video calls. Subsequently, results were presented and critically assessed at meetings with experienced physicians. All 19 participants completed the online surveys.Results: During the study period there were 13 online video meetings and seven physical journal clubs, with 11 to 16 participants each. The format was perceived as attractive and helpful for daily practice. Participants particularly value the opportunity to acquire knowledge free from commercial interests, and to discuss it with colleagues of varying seniority in light of their own practical experiences.Conclusions: The presented model seems to be a promising synthesis of clinical journal clubs and usual quality circles. It supports the combination of insights from current scientific publications with practical knowledge of experienced physicians. Satisfaction with this type of journal club was high and participants valued the journal club as innovative format for continuous medical education (suitable for junior and senior physicians with varying degrees of affinity to evidence-based medicine).


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