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ACP Journal Club's modus operandi

ACP J Club. 1991 Nov-Dec;115:A14. doi:10.7326/ACPJC-1991-115-3-A14

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Because there has been some misunderstanding about how we apply our criteria, it is timely to reiterate our modus operandi. All studies meeting our criteria in the journals we survey for each issue of ACP Journal Club are cited, and the most important studies for the clinical practice of internal medicine are abstracted, then sent for comment to one of our panel of over 2000 clinical and methodologic experts. Thus, readers who accept our criteria for sorting through the clinical articles in these journals can rest assured that the most important and best validated findings will be reviewed.

This distillate of the world's most recent clinical studies of direct relevance to the management of internal medicine problems is a select vintage indeed. During the first 6 months of operation, less than 1 article per 2 issues of the 9 core journals for internal medicine and less than 1 article per 5 issues for 30 noncore (mainly subspecialty) journals have been “bottled” for your enjoyment. Bon appetit!

R. Brian Haynes, MD, PhD
McMaster University
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada