More on the Online Journal Club

So we’re getting the online journal club in gear, which is the brainchild of Psych Practice: HAM-D’ing It Up. There are several great comments below the post and I tried to leave one of my own. But sometimes I can’t seem to get that done on Blogger (or can’t tell if it’s done), so I’ll enter it here:

“I agree with the comments in this string. Have you seen the RDQ by Zimmerman? I have a post about it at

I realize it’s another checklist, but it contains elements that patients might think are more important to them than symptoms alone. It’s too long for me to use on a consult service.

I admit I’ve tried using the QIDS-SR and the CUDOS in outpatient clinics. I tried to use them as points of departure. How a patient answered a particular item usually led to a more detailed conversation about what was going on in their lives.

I think it’s interesting that Zimmerman compared the PHQ-9 with other tools, including his own (the CUDOS) and the HAM-D. The abstract is at the end of my post,

I think Zimmerman rightly cautions us about using these instruments to determine depression severity.”

And I posted my take as well in another post, Psych Practice Free Online Journal Club! – The Practical Psychosomaticist.

So the thing to do is check the blog sites of all three of us to read the different comments on articles. What I’ll do on my site is put a link to the online journal club posts in my menu below the header. You’ll probably notice that the bloggers don’t pull punches and are as transparent as the reticulated glass frog, Ninja Frog | National Geographic Channel, which does a pretty impressive Kung-Fu number on marauding wasps (a metaphor for those who guard what is best about the practice of medicine and psychiatry from bureaucrats and managers?).

Hint: open the video of the Ninja frog in another window by right-clicking on the link; listen to the Kung Fu video and watch the Ninja Frog video with the audio off.



  1. In response to your idea about using Google+ for a journal club, I was actually thinking this would be a good Linked-in group. You could vet people, if that’s what you wanted-not sure I do, and it’s easy to go back and forth. It also restricts it to a more professional setting. What do you think?


    • You make a good point. George doesn’t care for the Google+ idea. I think the LinkedIn group has merit. George likes it the way it is, though I asked him about the LinkedIn group. I just can’t make the Blogger comment section work consistently for me. Do you know why or could you give me some pointers?




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