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DFTB Journal Club


Welcome to the DFTB Journal Club.



We all know that it can take up to 17 years for knowledge to go from benchside to bedside. One of the things we pride ourselves on at DFTB is out ability to cut down this knowledge translation window. We do this in the form of our monthly Bubble Wrap, critical appraisals of key literature and engagement with key thought leaders via Twitter.

Now we are going to try something new – a monthly journal club.



Each month we will choose a free to access paper from the world of paediatrics with the help of the Archives of Diseases of Childhood. We will publicise this free, open access paper via the website, Twitter and Facebook.

We will then come up with 4 core questions that we would like to discuss. These may be about the methodology, the results, the conclusions and the applicability to our world. These questions will also be publicized at the same time as Q1,Q2, Q3 and Q4.

Over the month we will encourage readers and followers to read the paper and answer the questions via whatever means they like – in the comments on the blog post, in the FB feed or via Twitter using both the hashtag #dftb-jc and #A1, #A2, #A3 and #A4. That will make it easier for us to identify comments.

At the end of the month we will produce a summary of the key points raised and try and get some sort of expert commentary, ideally from the authors themselves or other interested parties.


A timeline

Week 1 – Paper and questions released and disseminated

Week 2-3 – Encourage ongoing discussion

Week 4 – Summary post


What you need to do

Read the paper (obviously) – we anticipate giving you access prior to public release on via the website.

Come up with FOUR key questions – these can be around the premise of the paper, the methodology, the results, the conclusions or limitations and should include something about relevance to the real world.

Help spread the word – use your own contacts, retweet and share the post via FB, encourage others to get involved. Respond to queries and encourage a continuing conversation. Tag in others that might be interested be they individuals or institutions

Help us summarise the response at the end of the month – we’ll set up a shared Google document to make that easy.


Wrapping up

So that’s. As moderator we want you to actively encourage involvement and conversations around the chosen paper and help us disseminate the discussion at the end of the month.


Selected References

Davis D, Davis ME, Jadad A, Perrier L, Rath D, Ryan D, Sibbald G, Straus S, Rappolt S, Wowk M, Zwarenstein M. The case for knowledge translation: shortening the journey from evidence to effect. Bmj. 2003 Jul 3;327(7405):33-5.

Graham ID, Tetroe J, KT Theories Research Group. Some theoretical underpinnings of knowledge translation. Academic Emergency Medicine. 2007 Nov;14(11):936-41.

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