Getting published in an academic-community hospital: the success of writing groups.
J Gen Intern Med. 2012 Jan;27(1):113-6
Authors: Salas-Lopez D, Deitrick L, Mahady ET, Moser K, Gertner EJ, Sabino JN
Expressed barriers to writing for publication include lack of time, competing demands, anxiety about writing and a lack of knowledge about the submission process. These limitations can be magnified for practitioners in non-university environments in which there are fewer incentives or expectations regarding academic publication productivity. However, as members of professional disciplines, practitioners have both the responsibility and, oftentimes, the insights to make valuable contributions to the professional literature. Collaborative writing groups can be a useful intervention to overcome barriers, provide the necessary skills and encouragement as well as produce publications and conference presentations that make worthy additions to the professional body of knowledge. This article discusses the evolution and outcomes of writing groups at Lehigh Valley Health Network and describes how this strategy can be adopted by other academic community hospitals to promote professional development and publication.
PMID: 21922155 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]