Implementing a journal club in a palliative care setting: A link in the chain of evidence-based practice

O'Connor, Lera, Bennett, Peter, Gardner, Anne, Hawkins, Mary T. and Wellman, David (2009) Implementing a journal club in a palliative care setting: A link in the chain of evidence-based practice. Collegian, 16 3: 147-152. doi:10.1016/j.colegn.2008.12.006

Author O'Connor, Lera
Bennett, Peter
Gardner, Anne
Hawkins, Mary T.
Wellman, David
Title Implementing a journal club in a palliative care setting: A link in the chain of evidence-based practice
Journal name Collegian   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1322-7696
Publication date 2009-01-01
Year available 2009
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.colegn.2008.12.006
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 16
Issue 3
Start page 147
End page 152
Total pages 6
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier BV
Language eng
Subject 2900 Nursing
Abstract This paper describes the implementation and evaluation of a journal club in a privately funded palliative care unit. Journal club meetings were initiated as part of a quality improvement process to foster the uptake of evidence-based practice. Nurses were presented with research articles each month and discussions were conducted focussing on methodological considerations of the research and implications of the research for patient care. The maximum number of attendees at any one meeting was nine and the minimum number was four. Overall, evaluations were positive about all aspects of the meetings. Attendees found that the selected articles were relevant, providing new information, stimulated discussion and reflection on clinical practice and encouraged further reading. One of the positive aspects of the meetings identified by participants was the facilitation style that enabled discussion in a safe and supportive environment. An important outcome of the meetings is the potential to explore evidence-based practices relevant to palliative care and to implement new practices or revise existing ones. As part of this process practice changes and clinical guidelines have been implemented. A dedicated facilitator with university links and a supportive organisational culture promoted club meetings as a practical way to provide clinical nurses with the opportunity to explore evidence-based research in the area of palliative care.
Keyword Evidence-based practice
Journal club
Palliative care
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work Publications
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