CI Overview



“Clinical Inquiries has been one of the most popular and most read features of The Journal of Family Practice. Because Clinical Inquiries seek to answer, in an evidence-based fashion, questions that arise from daily practice, the answers are always important. They either push us to practice better evidence-based medicine, confirm that we are doing the right thing, or let us know where there is insufficient evidence to support one approach or another. Please keep these high quality, evidence-based summaries coming our way!” -- John Hickner, MD, MSc - Editor-in-Chief, The Journal of Family Practice Head and University of Illinois, Department of Family Medicine (retired)

What is a Clinical Inquiry?

Clinical Inquiries are author formulated questions which are answered with the best available evidence found in a systematic literature search done by a medical librarian editor.

Where are CIs published?

CIs are published in the peer reviewed, MEDLINE indexed journals, the Journal of Family Practice and American Family Physician. In addition, select Cls are published in the FPIN journal, Evidence-Based Practice.

Does FPIN have a trained medical librarian?

Yes. Once CI questions are approved, FPIN’s Medical Librarian Editor will conduct a formal systematic search and serve the role of librarian co-author. However, if you have an FPIN-trained medical librarian at your institution, you can request to use him/her.

What’s the best way for our organization to get involved with Clinical Inquiries?

First, review the CI Site Agreement & Requirement to see if your program would qualify as a CI site. Then, contact the CI Project Manager at [email protected] to set up a call to discuss structuring a faculty team plan. This approach gives qualified programs the opportunity to specify, commit, and write a specific number of CIs each year. FPIN will work with the program to devise meaningful questions that your faculty wants to answer. 

Who can write Clinical Inquiries?

Any FPIN member program that has faculty with experience writing Clinical Inquiries or at least two HelpDesk Answers, or writing for other peer reviewed, indexed publications would qualify to become a Clinical Inquiry site. If you are interested in growing and developing the Clinical Inquiries writing series amongst faculty and residents at your program, please contact the CI Project Manager at [email protected] for more information.

What are the Corresponding Author qualifications?

  • Expert level skills in searching the medical literature
  • Expert level critical appraisal skills, including an intermediate level knowledge of clinically relevant medical statistics
  • Expert level medical writing skills and be detail oriented and follow instructions appropriately
  • A track record of completing work by negotiated deadlines
  • Consistently communicates with others in a timely, constructive manner
  • Ability to accept constructive feedback from editorial leadership and FPIN staff
  • Basic knowledge of word processing and editorial management software requires for the project or willingness to learn. 
  • Understanding of the peer review process, including how to deal with differing opinions from multiple expert peer reviewers
  • Click here to see the Corresponding Author Expectations

How do I start writing a Clinical Inquiry?

Authors who are interested in writing CIs can contact the CI Project Manager at [email protected] 

How long does it take to get a CI published?

The average Clinical Inquiry takes between 8 and 9 months from approval of a question for writing to journal submission. 

For more information, contact the CI Project Manager at [email protected] or at 573-256-2066.