Journal Club Reflection

A group task was given to present and discuss a journal article of our choice. As a group, we selected an article about `How the Kennel Club is tackling inherited disorders in the United Kingdom` (Sampson, 2011). However, this presented its own challenges, as the article was a review that also used too much-complicated language.

Hence why the article was changed to `A cohort study of epilepsy among 665,000 insured dogs: Incidence, mortality and survival after diagnosis` (Heske et al., 2014). Overall this article was a huge improvement, as it was easier to read and the aims were clearer.  On the other hand, there were issues raised when working in a group, such as the overall organisation and commitment to the presentation weren’t as high as they should have been. Causing a term know as free-riding, where frustration was created by not every member contributing equally, as confirmed by Hall and Buzwell (2013).

During the presentation, we were still able to present effectively as a group, even though nerves were high. Studies have shown that short-term stress can improve performance from the use of the flight or fight response. As it enables “biobehavioral interventions” to prepare a person for challenges and decrease the effect of long-term stress or bad stress according to Dhabhar (2014). As it shows that the person deems the work as an important part of life.

Despite the negatives, next time I would be able to select a group with members who have a higher group commitment to complete the work earlier. This would enable the group to have more time to check through errors and possible issues that arise. To reduce nerves further, breathing exercises would be used as it improves vagal tone and aids the body to vert back to the parasympathetic nervous system stated by Pal et al. (2014).


Dhabhar, F. (2014) ‘Effects of stress on immune function: the good, the bad, and the beautiful’. [online] Immunologic Research, 58(2-3) pp.193-210. [Accessed on 20 January 2017]

Hall, D. and Buzwell, S. (2013) ‘The problem of free-riding in group projects: Looking beyond social loafing as reason for non-contribution’. [online] Active Learning in Higher Education, 14(1) pp.37-49. [Accessed on 20 January 2017]

Heske, L., Nødtvedt, A., Jäderlund, K., Berendt, M. and Egenvall, A. (2014) ‘A cohort study of epilepsy among 665,000 insured dogs: Incidence, mortality and survival after diagnosis’. [online] The Veterinary Journal, 202(3) pp.471-476. [Accessed on 21 November 2016]

Pal, G., Agarwal, A., Karthik, S., Pal, P. and Nanda, N. (2014) ‘Slow yogic breathing through right and left nostril influences sympathovagal balance, heart rate variability, and cardiovascular risks in young adults’. [online] North American Journal of Medical Sciences, 6(3) p.145. [Accessed on 20 January 2017]

Sampson, J. (2011) ‘How the Kennel Club is tackling inherited disorders in the United Kingdom’. [online] The Veterinary Journal, 189(2) pp.136-140. [Accessed on 9 November 2016]


One thought on “Journal Club Reflection

  1. I really like the layout of your blog, it is clear that you’ve put a lot of time and thought into your presentation. It looks very professional!
    Looking through your reflections you’ve been really honest, and have reflected forwards which is really good. I also like the fact that you included lots of references in all of your work, and presented each post very well by justifying your text and being consistent with line spacing.
    – Lisa Williams


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