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Intensive and Critical Care: ICU Journal Club

Intensive and Critical Care Subject Guide

Intensive Care Journal Club

- To share information and develop critical appraisal skills within the EBP process
- Continuing professional development to keep up-to-date with the latest research
- To improve the application of research into practice
In 2017 Journal Club is being held on the third Monday of each month, with a presenter leading a discussion on a chosen article. Articles and presentations are made available on this webpage after each session.


Marg Purnell, the Clinical Librarian is available to find suitable research articles for Journal Club and can assist you with your presentation. Email - or phone 89226994


This page contains research articles and information regarding topics discussed at the Intensive Care Journal Club. Click on the links in the boxes to view articles, presentations and critical appraisal tools.


If there is a particular topic that you would like to see discussed at the Journal Club, please tell us >>



  • Prone Positioning in severe ARDS

Past Journal Club Topics

  • Chest Physiotherapy
  • VAP Prevention
  • Nasogastric Tube Management
  • Chlorhexidine bathing
  • Palliative Care Delivery in ICU
  • Antioxidant Supplements
  • Insulin Management
  • Procedural Pain Relief

What is Relative Risk?

Used when critically appraising an RCT - the Relative Risk tells us how many more times likely an event will occur in the intervention or exposure group (EGO) relative to the control group (CGO).




If RR is 1 there is no difference between the 2 groups


If RR<1 means the intervention decreases the risk of the outcome


If RR>1 means the intervention increases the risk of the outcome


What is a P value?

The P value can usually be seen in the Results table within an article and refers to the probability that any particular outcome could have been due to chance. Look at the P value. If it is less than 0.05 it is statistically significant (acceptable).