Regarding journal club, the first question is–what is the purpose of reading the article? Is it to learn to read and interpret research? Or to understand a clinically-important topic? Or to understand an important and/or controversial study?
My thought is that journal clubs should select one of the following:
1. Practice guidelines
2. High-yield review articles on clinically-important topics
3. Systematic reviews or meta-analyses combining the results of multiple studies on a topic.
4. Single studies with that either have had a clinical impact or are very controversial.
Here are some suggestions for meta-analyses and single studies that may be good for journal club. They are arranged by year of publication and then alphabetically.
Click on the link in each citation to see the Abstract on PubMed.
Which ones would you recommend? Please make sure to post your thoughts under “Leave a Reply” at the bottom of this page.
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Published in 2018
Cipriani A, Furukawa TA, Salanti G, Chaimani A, Atkinson LZ, Ogawa Y, Leucht S, Ruhe HG, Turner EH, Higgins JPT, Egger M, Takeshima N, Hayasaka Y, Imai H,
Shinohara K, Tajika A, Ioannidis JPA, Geddes JR. Comparative efficacy and acceptability of 21 antidepressant drugs for the acute treatment of adults with major depressive disorder: a systematic review and network meta-analysis. Lancet. 2018 Apr 7;391(10128):1357-1366. PubMed PMID: 29477251; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5889788.
Crawford MJ, Sanatinia R, Barrett B, Cunningham G, Dale O, Ganguli P, Lawrence-Smith G, Leeson V, Lemonsky F, Lykomitrou G, Montgomery AA, Morriss R, Munjiza J, Paton C, Skorodzien I, Singh V, Tan W, Tyrer P, Reilly JG; LABILE study team. The Clinical Effectiveness and Cost-Effectiveness of Lamotrigine in Borderline Personality Disorder: A Randomized Placebo-Controlled Trial. Am J Psychiatry. 2018 Apr 6:appiajp201817091006. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 29621901.
Sit DK, McGowan J, Wiltrout C, Diler RS, Dills JJ, Luther J, Yang A, Ciolino JD, Seltman H, Wisniewski SR, Terman M, Wisner KL. Adjunctive Bright Light Therapy for Bipolar Depression: A Randomized Double-Blind Placebo-Controlled Trial. Am J Psychiatry. 2018 Feb 1;175(2):131-139. PubMed PMID: 28969438.
Published in 2017
Lupu AM, Clinebell K, Gannon JM, Ellison JC, Chengappa KNR. Reducing Anticholinergic Medication Burden in Patients With Psychotic or Bipolar Disorders. J Clin Psychiatry. 2017 Nov/Dec;78(9):e1270-e1275. PubMed PMID: 29178683.
Zimmerman M, Multach MD, Dalrymple K, Chelminski I. Clinically useful screen for borderline personality disorder in psychiatric out-patients. Br J Psychiatry. 2017 Feb;210(2):165-166. PubMed PMID: 27908898.
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