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Expanding Journal Clubs

Published March 7, 2014 5:56 PM by Lisa Mueller

As I've written before, I enjoy reading books. Books allow me the opportunity to learn something new, and although they may not be directly related to physical therapy, almost always improve my professional practice. One of my favorite books, Blink by Malcolm Gladwell, for example, has no reference to physical therapy but helped me to understand good decision-making, which I saw improve in my clinical work. Now, while I enjoy the nuggets of information I learn during our department journal clubs, I wonder if there is an opportunity to expand the concept into a professional book club. Would other physical therapists be interested in reading books to stimulate ideas and conversation?

I haven't heard of any of my colleagues or professional acquaintances participating in anything like a book club. Even journal clubs are at times difficult to make time for, and sometimes the topic is too diagnosis-specific to be relevant to all physical therapists. Is there value in expanding the requirements of a journal club? Would others find a professional book club beneficial?

As I think about this idea, I'm certain it would be advantageous to make the group as well-rounded as possible -- to include other professionals outside of physical therapy. There have been many times when I've networked with nurses, IT, case managers and want to hear more about their perspective because it helps me understand the whole patient experience.

I know what you are thinking -- what books would be on my list? Well, I've recently come across a few books that I would love to read and discuss with other people. They include: The Oz Principle by Roger Connors, Tom Smith and Craig Hickman ("Getting Results Through Individual and Organizational Accountability"), Healthcare Kaizen by Mark Graban and Joseph E. Swartz ("Engaging Front-Line Staff in Sustainable Continuous Improvements"), and Sticking Points: How to Get 4 Generations Working Together in the 12 Places They Come Apart by Haydn Shaw. I think I could learn a lot from these authors and from a good discussion with others.

What do you think? Would you be interested in a professional book club?

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