September 10, 2014

Engaging Medical Librarians to Improve the Quality of Review Articles

Author Affiliations
  • 1Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • 2Center for the Science of Healthcare Delivery, Knowledge Synthesis Program, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota
  • 3Deputy Editor, Clinical Reviews and Education, JAMA, Chicago, Illinois

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JAMA. 2014;312(10):999-1000. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.9263

Review articles published in JAMA summarize various aspects of medical practice and are written by known authorities. An expert’s opinion about a topic has value, but often more can be learned by that expert’s assessment of all the pertinent literature. When reading individual research articles, readers could miss subtle features of the studies that are more apparent to an expert clinician-researcher. Readers benefit from the expert’s explanation of the validity and applicability of individual studies.

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