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, vol. 16, no. 3, pp. 147-152, doi: 10.1016/j.colegn.2008.12.006.

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Title Implementing a journal club in a palliative care setting : a link in the chain of evidence-based practice
Author(s) O'Connor, Lera
Bennett, Peter
Gardner, Anne
Hawkins, Mary T.
Wellman, David
Journal name Collegian
Volume number 16
Issue number 3
Start page 147
End page 152
Publisher Elsevier BV
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2009-07
ISSN 1322-7696
Keyword(s) evidence-based practice
journal club
palliative care
Summary 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.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.colegn.2008.12.006
Field of Research 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2009
Copyright notice ©2009, Published by Elsevier Australia
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