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American College of Physicians Launches Personalized Literature Updating Service

Citations are rated for quality by research staff, and rated for clinical relevance by physician panel

PHILADELPHIA, May 30, 2008 – Internists have a new way to stay on top of the best evidence for internal medicine. Physician members of the American College of Physicians (ACP) can now access the most useful article summaries from more than 120 peer-reviewed medical journals more frequently with the launch of ACP Journal Club PLUS. The new online service allows internists to customize literature updates based on preferred areas of specialty and on clinical impact that are delivered via email alerts.

ACP Journal Club PLUS is an ideal resource for evidence-based clinical decision making,” says John Tooker, MD, MBA, FACP, executive vice president and chief executive officer of ACP. “Single-sentence study summaries that allow readers to zero in quickly on the article focus and a searchable database of the best studies and reviews since 2002 are just two of the many value-added benefits.”

Additional benefits of ACP Journal Club PLUS are:

  • Each article is pre-rated by a panel of specialists based on areas of interest.

  • Each article passes ACP Journal Club's quality filter so readers get only what’s newsworthy and pertinent. The research staff assesses scientific quality before the physician panel assesses relevance to clinical practice.

  • Users can set preferences to automatically receive customized e-mail alerts based on personal choices.

  • Alerts are stored in a searchable database.

  • The database is updated daily as articles are reviewed and rated, giving readers access to the latest information.

In a related move, ACP Journal Club is now printed on a more timely basis. It is featured in Annals of Internal Medicine, ACP’s flagship journal, on the third Tuesday of the month rather than as a separate, 6-times-per-year publication. Brian Haynes, MD, PhD, will continue as editor of ACP Journal Club content.

Annals of Internal Medicine is one of the most widely cited peer-reviewed medical journals in the world. The journal has been published for 81 years and accepts only 7 percent of the original research studies submitted for publication. Annals of Internal Medicine is published by the American College of Physicians, the largest medical specialty organization and the second-largest physician group in the United States.

ACP members include 125,000 internal medicine physicians (internists), related subspecialists, and medical students. Internists specialize in the prevention, detection, and treatment of illness in adults.

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