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|What are PURLs?|
Priority Updates from the Research Literature Surveillance system
The PURLS system was developed in a collaborative partnership of the Family Physicians Inquiries Network (FPIN) and The Journal of Family Practice as an objective of the University of Chicago Institute for Translational Medicine, funded through a Clinical Translational Science Award from the National Institutes of Health. We have developed a knowledge translation system called PURLs that exclusively targets newly published research expected to actually change family medicine and primary care practice. For an example of a published PURL, click here.
PURLs generate new evidence-based recommendations for practice for family physicians and other primary care clinicians. PURLs are stimulated by the publication of new research that meets criteria for a new recommendation to change practice. The completed PURLs are published in The Journal of Family Practice as well as Evidence-Based Practice. To learn more about PURLs published in JFP go HERE
What are the criteria for PURLs?
Each PURL must meet six criteria:
What is the purpose of the PURLs Surveillance System?
The purpose of the PURLs Surveillance System is to engage communities of clinicians and methodologists in the identification, evaluation, and dissemination of PURLs; and to accelerate the translation of new research findings into clinical practice.
What is the process for identifying and evaluating PURLs?
There are five steps in the identification and evaluation of a PURL:
What sources are used to nominate Potential PURLs?
The PURL surveillance team, a volunteer group of family medicine physicians, nominates articles from over 40 primary journals and secondary sources. The nomination listserv consists of over 50 physicians around the country who weigh in on the PURL hood of nominations.
How does the system work?
Many steps and many people are involved in selecting and producing a PURL. The methodology includes surveillance of primary and secondary literature; critical appraisal of the potential PURLs identified; review of the related literature; and a vigorous peer review, clinical review, and editorial review process.
Who should I contact for more information?
FPIN is looking for Peer Reviewers! There are many benefits to peer reviewing a manuscript, among some of them are: Peer review is reportable as faculty scholarly activity on annual ACGME reports, Peer review may fulfill local university scholarly activity requirements, Peer review can be included on curriculum vitae, Peer review provides further experience with the medical literature that can improve skill in critical appraisal and medical writing. Interested? To sign up to become an FPIN Peer Reviewer, go HERE and click "Register Now".