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Welcome to FPIN's Clinical Inquiries Project
“Clinical Inquiries has been one of the most popular and most read features of The Journal of Family Practice. Because Clinical Inquiries seek to answer, in an evidence-based fashion, questions that arise from daily practice, the answers are always important. They either push us to practice better evidence-based medicine, confirm that we are doing the right thing, or let us know where there is insufficient evidence to support one approach or another. Please keep these high quality, evidence-based summaries coming our way!” -- John Hickner, MD, MSc - Editor-in-Chief, The Journal of Family Practice Head, University of Illinois, Department of Family Medicine
What is a Clinical Inquiry?
Clinical Inquiries are author formulated questions which are answered with the best available evidence found in a systematic literature search done by a medical librarian editor.
Where are CIs published?
CIs are published in the peer reviewed, MEDLINE indexed journals, the Journal of Family Practice and American Family Physician. In addition, select Cls are published in the FPIN journal, Evidence-Based Practice.
Does FPIN have a trained medical librarian?
Yes. Once CI questions are approved, FPIN’s Medical Librarian Editor will conduct a formal systematic search and serve the role of librarian co-author. However, if you have an FPIN-trained medical librarian at your institution, you can request to use him/her.
What’s the best way for our organization to get involved with Clinical Inquiries?
Contact the CI Project Manager, Adelina Colbert, at firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a call to discuss structuring a faculty team plan. This approach gives qualified programs the opportunity to specify, commit, and write a specific number of CIs each year. FPIN will work with the program to devise meaningful questions that your faculty wants to answer.
Who can write Clinical Inquiries?
Any FPIN member program that has faculty with experience writing Clinical Inquiries or at least two HelpDesk Answers, or writing for other peer reviewed, indexed publications would qualify to become a Clinical Inquiry site. If you are interested in growing and developing the Clinical Inquiries writing series amongst faculty and residents at your program, please contact the CI Project Manager, Adelina Colbert at email@example.com for more information.
What are the Corresponding Author qualifications?
Authors who are interested in writing CIs can contact the CI Project Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How long does it take to get a CI published?