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Journal of Hospital Medicine Launches Clinical Guideline Highlights for the Hospitalist Series

March 07, 2019

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New Formats Enable Busy Clinicians to Quickly Understand the Latest Research and Apply it to Practice

The Journal of Hospital Medicine (JHM), the official peer-reviewed journal of the Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM), has launched its second new series this year, entitled Clinical Guideline Highlights for the Hospitalist. Alongside the new Leadership and Professional Development series, this addition plays a large role in the vision for the future of the journal, spearheaded by new Editor-in-Chief, Samir Shah, MD, MSCE, MHM.

“As a new Deputy Editor for Reviews and Perspectives, I’m thrilled to help execute Dr. Shah’s vision for a series of articles that aims to facilitate the rapid translation of the latest evidence-based guidelines into hospitalist practice,” notes Erin Shaughnessy, MD. “My co-editor, Dr. Read Pierce, and I envision these reviews as tools to enable busy clinicians to quickly understand the latest research and apply it to practice.”

The March issue of the Journal of Hospital Medicine features an introduction to the series as well as the first two articles, “The Use of Intravenous Fluids in the Hospitalized Adult” and “Maintenance Intravenous Fluids in Infants and Children.” The introduction provides details on the formatting of the series and discusses a second format that will be introduced in 2019 called Progress Notes, which will be shorter than JHM’s traditional review format. Progress Notes will accept two types or articles, clinical and methodological, and will focus on diagnostics, therapeutics or risk assessment and prevention of a clinical problem relevant to hospitalists.

“National guidelines and society position statements are important in informing care standards but can be time-consuming to read, and only a small portion may be pertinent to the practice of hospital medicine,” says Dr. Shah. “Our Clinical Guideline Highlights for the Hospitalist series, under the leadership of Drs. Shaughnessy and Pierce, will distill the key elements of national guidelines with a focus on recommendations that are most relevant to the practicing hospitalist. Authors include a brief critique to ensure hospitalists understand the strength of evidence behind the guideline when making decisions.” 

Along with this series comes another new feature for the journal, Hospital Medicine: The Year in Review. This annual feature “concisely compiles and critiques the top articles in both adult and pediatric hospital medicine in the past year” and “will serve as a written corollary to the popular ‘Updates in Hospital Medicine’ presentation at the Society of Hospital Medicine annual conference.”

With so many updates, “JHM’s overarching commitment remains unchanged: support clinicians, leaders and scholars in our field in their pursuit of delivering evidence-based, high-value clinical care.” The journal will continue to accept traditional, long-form review on topics relevant to hospitalists.

Visit for the Clinical Guideline Highlights for the Hospitalist series and additional research.

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The Journal of Hospital Medicine is the premier, ISI-indexed publication for the specialty of hospital medicine and official journal of the Society of Hospital Medicine. Published by Frontline Medical Communications, the journal advances excellence in hospital medicine as a defined specialty through the dissemination of research, evidence-based clinical care, and advocacy of safe, effective care for hospitalized patients. For more information, please visit and follow the Journal of Hospital Medicine on Twitter @JHospMedicine.