Call for papers

International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance

ISSN: 0952-6862

Article publication date: 1 October 2004



(2004), "Call for papers", International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance, Vol. 17 No. 6.



Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Copyright © 2004, Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Call for papers

For 16 years the International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance has covered all issues related to quality in health care. It provides a forum for the international exchange of theoretical and practical aspects of quality assurance, innovation, management, continuous improvement and performance management in health care. The journal will be of interest to all professionals in health care aiming to develop knowledge about quality assurance and process innovation and their implementation in health-care systems.

IJHCQA is uniquely placed to cover all recent developments concerning health-care quality and clinical governance. The topics addressed are both clinical and non-clinical encouraging the translation of theory and tried and tested approaches into practice. As part of its unique placement, the journal aspires to provide a network for practitioners to improve quality within their own organisation. In particular, the journal encourages new writers to publish their work. The journal explores topics surrounding:

  • Successful quality/continuous improvement projects.

  • The use of quality tools and models in leadership management development such as the EFQM Excellence Model, Balanced Scorecard, Quality Standards and issues relating to Process Control, Leadership, Managing Change, Pareto Analysis, Process Mapping, Theory of Constraints. A key principle is the support of management in leadership in bringing about the changes in quality cultures.

  • Improving patient care through quality related programmes and/or research.

Articles submitted may be of a theoretical nature, be based on practical experience, provide stimulus for debate, report a case study situation, or report on experimental results. As a guide, articles should be between 3,000 and 6,000 words in length.

Please send copies to Robin Gourlay at or Keith Hurst at

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