Take a primary research study and make an informed decision regarding the significance of the study.

Getting Started

As a prescriber, you will be bombarded with information about new medications and may even feel pressure to prescribe them.  This information and pressure may come from drug reps, journal advertisements, and even patients.  The journal club/article review is meant to help you learn to make your own judgments regarding the importance of a new medication (or new indication).

Upon successful completion of the course material, you will be able to:

  • Take a primary research study and make an informed decision regarding the significance of the study.
  • Apply study results to practice.

Resources

  • Textbook: Pharmacotherapeutics for Advanced Practice Providers
  • Lexi-Comp (available via Up-to-Date) or other suitable drug/disease reference.
  • Suggested treatment guidelines/recommendations for this workshop
  • Chosen article and any other necessary references

Instructions

  1. Review the rubric to make sure you understand the criteria for earning your grade.
  2. Chose an article of interest to you from one of your professional journals and critique it.  As indicated in the syllabus, the desired article is one of the primary research.  It should involve statistical analysis of a pharmaceutical agent that is being compared to another medication or a placebo. The article can pertain to a new medication, or a new indication for an existing medication but it must be studied in subjects requiring treatment, not healthy volunteers.
  3. Include at least the following in your analysis of the article (see example here):
    1. Title of the article (including journal reference)
    2. Study objective(s)
    3. Study design
      1. Overall design
      2. Study endpoints (primary, secondary, etc.)
      3. Inclusion/exclusion criteria
      4. Subject baseline characteristics
    4. Results
      1. Efficacy and safety outcomes, if applicable
      2. Statistical significance (p-values, confidence intervals, etc. as applicable)
    5. Personal conclusions
      1. Personal thoughts on the study
    6. Impact to practice
      1. How might the study change the way we practice?
  4. The article review should be written using APA style.
  5. When you have completed your assignment, save a copy for yourself and submit a copy to your faculty by day seven of the workshop (Turnitin enabled).

Access the associated rubric

Access the Assignment submission page

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    Assignment8.3.pdf.docx