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clinmed/2000080010v1 (November 14, 2000)
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Medical journals and dissemination of health research: have they fulfilled their role?
Aravinthan Coomarasamy, Harry Gee, Mary Publicova, and Khalid S Khan
The main target audience of general medical journals is practitioners and the ultimate aim is to improve patient care. The authors argue that the information needs of practitioners are poorly met by these journals and propose various schemes to improve the value of journals to practitioners. They further suggest that journals need to move from a passive dissemination mode to focus on active dissemination of clinically relevant information and suggest various strategies for improvement.
Keywords: journalology, dissemination, effective dissemination, implementation, clinical medical journals, general medical journals