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Healthcare Delivery Gets its Own Journal

Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, January 31, 2013

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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3 comments on "Care Delivery Gets its Own Journal"


Kim Judd (2/5/2013 at 6:00 PM)
I agree with the previous post regarding Registered Nurse representation on the list of contributers. There are many well qualified nurses who could contribute. One suggestion might be to contact the American Organization of Nurse Executives for recommendations.

Elizabeth Hudson-Weires, RN, BSN (2/1/2013 at 10:21 AM)
This appears to be a great new concept for a scholarly and peer reviewed articles concerning direct patient care.Congratulations and best wishes for success. My only concern is the lack of at least one RN on the announced editorial board. When the discussion is concerning patient care at the bedside the nurse actually caring for the patient at the bedside should be at least involved in the discussion. Do not miss out on the advantage of having your team member's valuable input. Thank you.

Hella (1/31/2013 at 2:43 PM)
This journal is not free, it costs $99 for a personal subscription and $700 for an institution. http://www.healthleadersmedia.com/content/QUA-288852/Healthcare-Delivery-Gets-its-Own-Journal