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ACP JOURNAL CLUB
The ACP Journal Club is the opposite of the Cochrane Library . Where the Cochrane Library focuses on all available research on a topic, the ACP Journal Club focuses its attention on single articles. Every six weeks or so the reviewers at the American College of Physicians review articles in the leading medical journals for the 35-40 article that they think will significantly change practice. They then review those papers for the quality of their evidence and end each review with a commentary by an expert in the field. The ACP Journal Club 's focus is on internal medicine but will address other fields of expertise as they effect a general practitioner (e.g. depression therapy as it effects a family physician). About 25 of the articles appearing in the ACP Journal Club are therapy-related articles. The remaining 10 or so articles are a mix of diagnosis, prognosis, and other issues.
ACP Journal Club is available to licensed users only. To use the link below you must have a SUNY Downstate ID card. Non SUNY Downstate users who are members of the American College of Physicians may have access with their membership.
How to Search
To search for an article in a particular issue, click on the blue box labelled "Past Issues" and navigate to the date you wish to view.
To search for articles on a particular topic, click on the blue box labelled "Search". Enter your search terms in the search box. You can then select which domain you are looking for information in (therapy, diagnosis, prognosis, etc). Click on the brown button labeled "Go". Select the article you wish to read from the the list of results.
How to Read an Entry
Each entry in the ACP Journal Club starts with a clinical question to be answered. The design of the study, setting, and patients tested are described. The nature of the intervention and the outcomes measured are listed. The main results are discussed and summarized in a conclusion. Results are also presented in a table listing the appropriate statistics for the type of question explored and includes confidence intervals. Each entry ends with a commentary from a specialist in the field who puts the study in clinical context. Most of the later entries have a link directly to the PubMed record of the original citation.
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