Journal Club

Join the NY-NJ Journal Club for a series of stimulating hour-long online discussions of articles selected by facilitators Helen-Ann Brown Epstein and Marie Ascher.

Date: Wednesday, August 11, 2021, 2:00-3:00pm
Facilitator: Marie T. Ascher
Article: Frandsen TF, Bruun Nielsen MF, Lindhardt CL, Eriksen MB. Using the full PICO model as a search tool for systematic reviews resulted in lower recall for some PICO elements. J Clin Epidemiol. 2020 Nov;127:69-75. doi: 10.1016/j.jclinepi.2020.07.005. Epub 2020 Jul 15. PMID: 32679315.
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Objectives: The use of the four-part PICO model to facilitate search strategy development for a precise answer is recommended for structuring searches for systematic reviews. Existing guidelines generally recommend that a search strategy should include the population, intervention(s), and types of study design. Consequently, comparison and outcome are not recommended as a part of the search strategy. There is evidence that comparison and particularly outcome is not represented in enough detail, but this needs to be confirmed.
Study design and setting: The present study examines the presence of PICO elements in the records in two commonly used databases for health sciences research: Embase and PubMed. We examine the field of upper GI and pancreatic diseases as well as the field of pregnancy and childbirth by extracting the included studies as well as the related PICO elements from a random selection of Cochrane reviews within these two areas.
Results: We find that the PICO elements C and O had a lower retrieval potential across the two Cochrane groups and databases also when combining text words and subject headings. In particular, we find a lower retrieval when searching for both primary and secondary outcomes.
Conclusion: Our results support the existing recommendation not to search for outcomes.

Background/Supplemental information: Eriksen MB, Frandsen TF. The impact of patient, intervention, comparison, outcome (PICO) as a search strategy tool on literature search quality: a systematic review. J Med Libr Assoc. 2018 Oct;106(4):420-431. doi: 10.5195/jmla.2018.345. Epub 2018 Oct 1. PMID: 30271283; PMCID: PMC6148624.

These events are open exclusively to current members of NY-NJ MLA, MLA-Phil, and HSLANJ.

Previous Discussions:

  • Thursday, September 10, 2020, 2:00-3:00 pm
    Facilitator: Marie Ascher
    Article: Shultz M, Berryman DR. Collection practices for nontraditional online resources among academic health sciences libraries. J Med Libr Assoc. 2020;108(2):253-261. doi:10.5195/jmla.2020.791. Epub 2020 Apr 1. PMID: 32256236; PMCID: PMC7069827.
  • Special Event: Friday, April 17, 2020 2:00-3:00 pm
    Facilitator: Helen-Ann Brown-Epstein
    COVID-19: We will get through this together!
    Join us on April 17th for a sharing of our most valuable/most favorite/most asked for COVID-19 resources. We will also be ready to help members who are feeling saddened or overwhelmed, and discuss this article:

    Article: Ali, M, Gatiti, P. The COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic: Reflections on the Roles of Librarians and Information Professionals. Health Info Libr J. 2020 Apr 6 [Online ahead of print] DOI: 10.1111/hir.12307, PubMed PMID: 32251543
  • Thursday, August 8, 2019 2:00-3:00 pm
    Facilitator: Helen-Ann Brown-Epstein
    Article: Azadbakht, Elena. Humor in library instruction: a narrative review with implications for the health sciences. J Med Libr Assoc. 2019 Jul;107(3):304-313. doi: 10.5195/jmla.2019.608. Epub 2019 Jul 1. PubMed PMID: 31258436; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6579600
  • Thursday, April 4, 2019, 2:00-3:00 pm
    Facilitator: Maria Ascher
    Article: Williamson PO, Minter CIJ. Exploring PubMed as a reliable resource for scholarly communications services. J Med Libr Assoc. 2019 Jan;107(1):16-29. doi: 10.5195/jmla.2019.433. Epub 2019 Jan 1. PubMed PMID: 30598645; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6300231.
  • Wednesday, October 17, 2018, 2:00pm-3:00pm
    Facilitator: Helen-Ann Brown-Epstein
    Article: Visscher PM, Wray NR, Zhang Q, Sklar P, McCarthy MI, Brown MA, Yang J. 10 Years of GWAS Discovery: Biology, Function, and Translation. Am J Hum Genet. 2017 Jul 6;101(1):5-22. doi: 10.1016/j.ajhg.2017.06.005. Review. PubMed PMID: 28686856; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5501872.
  • Tuesday, April 10, 2018     Cancelled
    Facilitator: Helen-Ann Brown-Epstein
    Article: Perrier L, Farrell A, Ayala AP, Lightfoot D, Kenny T, Aaronson E, Allee N, Brigham T, Connor E, Constantinescu T, Muellenbach J, Epstein HA, Weiss A. Effects of librarian-provided services in healthcare settings: a systematic review. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2014 Nov-Dec;21(6):1118-24. doi:10.1136/amiajnl-2014-002825.
  • Thursday, November 30, 2017, 2:00pm-3:00pm
    Facilitator: Marie Ascher
    Article: Quesenberry, A. C., Oelschlegel, S., Earl, M., Leonard, K., & Vaughn, C. J. (2016). The impact of library resources and services on the scholarly activity of medical faculty and residents. Medical Reference Services Quarterly, 35(3), 259-265
  • Thursday, August 17, 2017, 2:00pm-3:00pm
    Facilitator: Helen-Ann Brown Epstein
    Article: JM, Oelschlegel S, Earl M. Surveying hospital nurses to discover educational needs and preferences. J Med Libr Assoc. 2017 Jul;105(3):226-232. doi: 10.5195/jmla.2017.85.  Epub 2017 Jul 1. PubMed PMID: 28670209; PubMed Central
  • Tuesday, May 16, 2017, 2:00pm-3:00pm
    Moderator: Joan B Wagner
    Article: Jamali, H. R. (2017). Copyright compliance and infringement in ResearchGate full-text journal articles. Scientometrics. doi:10.1007/s11192-017-2291-4
  • Wednesday, March 15, 2017, 2:00pm-3:00pm
    Facilitator: Helen-Ann Brown Epstein
    Article: Ashrafi-rizi H, Kazempour Z. Marketing information goods and services in medical libraries and information centers. Journal of Education and Health Promotion. January 1, 2012 2012;1(1):9-9.
  • Wednesday, November 16, 2016, 1:00pm-2:00pm
    Facilitator: Marie Ascher
    Article: Swanberg SM, Dennison CC, Farrell A, et al. Instructional methods used by health sciences librarians to teach evidence-based practice (EBP): A systematic review. J Med Libr Assoc. 2016;104(3)197-208.
  • Wednesday, August 31, 2016, 1:00pm-2:00pm.
    Facilitator: Helen Ann Brown Epstein
    Article: Farrell A [et al]. Evaluating the impact of literature searching services on patient care through the use of a quick assessment tool. JCHLA/JABSC 2014 35:116-23
  • Wednesday, June 8, 2016, 2:00pm-3:00pm.
    Facilitator: Marie Ascher
    Article: Rethlefsen ML [ et al]. Librarian co-authors correlated with higher quality reported search strategies in general internal medicine systematic reviews. J Clin Epidemiol. 2015 Jun; 68(6): 617-26.
  • Wednesday, April 6, 2016, 3:00pm-3:45pm.
    Facilitator: Helen Ann Brown Epstein
    Article: Kirtley S. Impactful Librarians: Identifying Opportunities to Increase Your Impact. J EAHIL  2015;11(4):23-8

Participation in the Journal Club is free to all current members of the NY/NJ MLA chapter.  If you wish MLA CE credit for participating in the journal club, there is a $15 fee and a required appraisal sheet to complete.

Participants are welcome to suggest articles and to serve as facilitators for future sessions.

If you have any questions, please contact CE Chair Trina Keith,