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Research Coordinator Journal Club

What is the Research Coordinator Journal Club?

Journal clubs are a common teaching tool in academic settings, typically consisting of professionals who meet regularly to discuss academic articles relevant to their scope of practice. The Journal Club is intended to create a forum for research coordinators to review published articles and hear perspectives of others to enhance job skills and practice.

A journal article will be distributed two weeks in advance of the meeting along with suggested review guidelines. Topics for journal articles will be decided by the group, but might include areas such as:

  • New and emerging trends in research
  • Challenges working with different communities
  • Participant experiences in research
  • Unique or novel approaches to recruitment
  • Use of social media for recruitment and data collection

Participants will want to read the article and prepare to discuss their impressions and experiences related to the topic before the meeting. Journal club meetings will be facilitated by a moderator and will last one hour.

The Journal Club is a NED event organized by research coordinators in the Institute of Translational Health Sciences, and is a collaboration between the University of Washington, Fred Hutch, and Seattle Children’s.

Who should attend the Journal Club?

The Journal Club is designed for research professionals of all levels of experience who perform work as a clinical research coordinator at Fred Hutch, Harborview Medical Center, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, Seattle Children’s, and the University of Washington.

Are there options for off‐site coordinators?

The Journal Club is an in‐person event hosted in Seattle. Links to discussion materials will be available for those who cannot attend in person.

More questions about the Journal Club?

Please contact Mike Donahue by email at with any questions.

Past Articles and Questions

Articles and questions from previous Journal Club meetings are included in the following sub-sections.

October 12, 2016

Assessing Cultural Competence Among Oncology Surgeons. Doorenbos, AZ, Morris, AM, Haozous, EA, 2016 Journal of Oncology Practice 12(1):61-2, e14-22

Discussion Questions

  • The article provided the surgeon’s perspective, but what might the patients’ opinions be regarding their surgeon’s cultural competence?
  • Have you had any formal training in cultural diversity?
  • What type of training do you think you need?
  • Would the results be any different if they surveyed other types of providers?
  • How would the results of this study translate to conducting research?
  • Have there been any specific situations where a lack of understanding of a specific culture was a hindrance in your research?
July 26, 2016

Allergy Clin Immunol. 2007 Jun;119(6):1375-81. Epub 2007 Apr 23. Placebo response in asthma: a robust and objective phenomenon. Read the article.

Discussion questions:

  • What was the clinical impact of the study?
  • Could there be clinical impact in your type of studies?
  • How would these findings be incorporated into a study design?
  • How do you explain placebos to patients? Do they understand the concept and understand why it’s important?
February 2, 2016

Christopher M. Wharton, PhD, Dietary Self-Monitoring, But Not Dietary Quality, Improves With Use of Smartphone App Technology in an 8-Week Weight Loss Trial, Nutr Educ Behav. Read the article.

Discussion questions:

  • Could you use a phone app in your area of research?
  • What would the perfect app be like and how would you develop it?
  • What are the limitations of using this technology for research?
  • What are some of the feasibility and recruitment considerations?
October 27, 2015

Devine, E et al. Concealment and fabrication by experienced research subjects. Clin Trials. 2013;10(6):935-48. Read the article

Discussion Questions

  • How would participants not being truthful impact your study, and in what ways?
  • What are the reasons why would participants be intentionally misleading?
  • What would you do if you suspected one of your participants was not being honest or wasn’t fully disclosing information?
July 29, 2015

Incentives for Survey Participation: When are they “Coercive”? Singer, E, and Bossarte R. Am. J. Prev Med 2006; 31 (5): 411-418. Read the article

Discussion Questions

  • Do you think attitudes toward compensation have changed since this article was published?
  • What types of compensation you have used (e.g., cash, gift cards, vouchers, and so forth)?
  • How do you decide whether to offer reimbursement? How do you determine the amount?
  • Are there types of studies where compensation shouldn’t be given?
April 23, 2015

Fisher, J.A. Stopped Hearts, amputated toes and NASA: contemporary legends among healthy volunteers in US phase I clinical trials. Sociology of Health and Illness, 2015. Vol 37 (1), 127-142. Read the article

 Discussion Questions

  • The author interviewed healthy volunteers. Would the conclusions be different with a different participant population?
  • What rumors or misconceptions do you hear from participants?
  • What do you think of the author’s conclusions?