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Pharmacy 2017, 5(1), 3; doi:10.3390/pharmacy5010003

From Learning to Decision-Making: A Cross-Sectional Survey of a Clinical Pharmacist-Steered Journal Club

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King Abdullah International Medical Research Center, King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, Pharmaceutical Care Department, King Abdulaziz Medical City, Ministry of National Guard Health Affairs, Jeddah 21423, Saudi Arabia
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National University of Medical Sciences, The Mall, Rawalpindi 44000, Pakistan
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Academic Editor: Yvonne Perrie
Received: 26 November 2016 / Revised: 28 December 2016 / Accepted: 4 January 2017 / Published: 12 January 2017
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Abstract

Journal clubs have been traditionally incorporated into academic training programs to enhance competency in the interpretation of literature. We designed a structured journal club (JC) to improve skills in the interpretation of literature; however, we were not aware of how learners (interns, residents, clinical pharmacists, etc.) would perceive it. We aimed to assess the perception of learners at different levels of pharmacy training. A cross-sectional design was used. A self-administered online survey was emailed to JC attendees from 2010–2014 at King Abdulaziz Medical City, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The survey questions included: introduction sessions, topic selection, JC layout, interaction with the moderator, and decision-making skills by clinical pharmacists. The response rate was 58/89 (65%); 52/54 (96%) respondents believed that JC adds to their knowledge in interpreting literature. Topic selection met the core curriculum requirements for credentials exams for 16/36 (44.4%), while 16/22 (73%) presenters had good to excellent interaction with the moderator. JC facilitated decision-making for 10/12 (83%) of clinical pharmacists. The results suggest that clinical pharmacist-steered JC may serve as an effective tool to empower learners at different levels of pharmacy practice, with evidence-based principles for interpretation of literature and guide informed decision-making. View Full-Text
Keywords: journal club; learning; decision-making; clinical pharmacist; evidence-based practice journal club; learning; decision-making; clinical pharmacist; evidence-based practice
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Ismail, S.; Al Khansa, S.; Aseeri, M.; Alhamdan, H.; Quadri, K.H.M. From Learning to Decision-Making: A Cross-Sectional Survey of a Clinical Pharmacist-Steered Journal Club. Pharmacy 2017, 5, 3.

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