An investigation into the use of journal club for evidence-based practice

Jean McQueen, Catherine Nivison, Vicky Husband, Claire Miller

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Literature linking journal dubs with evidence-based practice is plentiful but largely descriptive in nature. Existing research has tended to focus on how journal clubs are run with limited evidence presented to demonstrate that evidence found has been incorporated into practice. The purpose of this study was to explore the potential impact participation in a specific journal club had on knowledge of evidence for practice and actual clinical practice. A small-scale exploratory study using pre-and post-questionnaires as a method of data collection was undertaken with seven occupational therapists involved in the journal dub. Questionnaire results were analysed qualitatively through content analysis to identify key themes in the data generated. Findings appear indicative of some changes in professional practice and staffs attitude following participation in the journal club with staff reporting an increased awareness of the evidence base for interventions. Specific ideas for future research have evoived from this exploratory study. This may act as a catalyst for much needed evaluation in this field.

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)311-316
Number of pages5
JournalInternational Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2006


  • journal clubs
  • occupational therapy
  • evidence based practice
  • clinical effectiveness


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