Update in Outpatient General Internal Medicine: Practice-Changing Evidence Published in 2020

Majken T. Wingo, Jill M. Huber, Jason H. Szostek, Shari L. Bornstein, Jason A. Post, Karen F. Mauck, Mark L. Wieland

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In a time of rapidly shifting evidence-based medicine, it is challenging to stay informed of research that modifies clinical practice. To enhance knowledge of practice-changing literature, a group of 7 internists reviewed titles and abstracts in 7 internal medicine journals with the highest impact factors and relevance to outpatient general internal medicine. Coronavirus disease-19 research was purposely excluded to highlight practice changes beyond the pandemic. New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), The Lancet, Annals of Internal Medicine, Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), JAMA Internal Medicine, British Medical Journal (BMJ), and Public Library of Science (PLoS) Medicine were reviewed. The following collections of article synopses and databases were also reviewed: American College of Physicians Journal Club, NEJM Journal Watch, BMJ Evidence-Based Medicine, McMaster/DynaMed Evidence Alerts, and Cochrane Reviews. A modified Delphi method was used to gain consensus based on relevance to outpatient internal medicine, impact on practice, and strength of evidence. Clusters of articles pertaining to the same topic were considered together. In total, 7 practice-changing articles were included.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)854-859
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican Journal of Medicine
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2021


  • 2020 update
  • General internal medicine
  • Outpatient
  • Practice-changing evidence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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