Healthcare Delivery Gets its Own Journal
Jha says some of the new journal articles will be validated hospital or health system case studies that prove empirical evidence of successful strategies from which other hospitals and healthcare leaders may learn.
"The problem is that often, single-institution studies get looked down upon by other journals, and there's worry about issues of generalizability," Jha says. "We will too, but we will push the authors to tell us what the details of the intervention were, to see if that knowledge is much more transferable," he says.
"The simple view is, if I can figure out a best practice at my hospital, everyone should just replicate it and get similar results. But we know now that's not true," Jha says. The challenge is to figure out what needs to change at other institutions. The core concept may be the same; a hospital may realize it does three of four things really well, but not the fourth, he explains.
"So a big part of our goal is to help understand what is generalizable knowledge, and what is particular to an individual institution."
Cheryl Clark is senior quality editor and California correspondent for HealthLeaders Media. She is a member of the Association of Health Care Journalists.
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