In 2007 Kath O’Connor completed a 12 month GPET funded editorial
and research training post at Australian Family Physician and the University of Melbourne. In this article, she reflects on the role of
medical journals. Are they of use to practising clinicians? Or is their
main role to foster research and further the careers of authors?
When I started as a general practice registrar and joined The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP), two things happened. The first was that my ecological footprint increased about a hundredfold. Every day I found my letterbox stuffed full of papers, journals, magazines and promotional material from pharmaceutical companies. Then there were the myriad investment opportunities and the insurance and credit card offers.
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