Special issue on Lean in healthcare

Leadership in Health Services

ISSN: 1751-1879

Article publication date: 13 February 2007



Bowerman, J. (2007), "Special issue on Lean in healthcare", Leadership in Health Services, Vol. 20 No. 1. https://doi.org/10.1108/lhs.2007.21120aaa.003



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Special issue on Lean in healthcare

Leadership in Health Services is pleased to announce a special issue on Lean in healthcare.

This special issue focuses on lean thinking and its application to healthcare, illustrating how the Toyota Production System philosophy and tools that have revolutionised the manufacturing industry are now being used to transform the health sector. Lean thinking seeks to streamline processes and eliminate waste, and as the focus of lean shifts from the production line to the patient pathway, offers leaders in health services tremendous opportunity to increase productivity, lower costs, and improve services and patient care.

Papers are invited, preferably based on empirical research or case studies, to explore the translation of lean thinking into practice. Articles should be 2,000 to 5,000 words in length, and be accompanied by a structured abstract. Author guidelines are available at www.emeraldinsight.com/info/journals/lhs/notes.jsp

Topics addressed may include:

  • sustainable healthcare improvement initiatives;

  • elimination of process waste;

  • efficiency in healthcare systems;

  • applying the Toyota Production System to medicine;

  • systems thinking in healthcare;

  • a six sigma approach to healthcare management;

  • increasing patient and employee satisfaction through lean processes and management;

  • reduction of costs; and

  • lean applications and patient safety.

About Leadership in Health Services

Developing effective leaders is crucial in achieving the goals set for healthcare services worldwide. Improvements in organizations and services can only be made by building leadership and managerial capacity and skills. Leadership in Health Services provides examples of best practice in this dynamic field, disseminating practical, relevant and timely information. Combining theoretical articles and applied case studies, the journal is an essential resource for all those researching and practising in this evolving area.

To discuss this special issue, you can contact Vicky Williams on +44 1274 785081.

Please forward your papers to:

Vicky Williams, Publisher,Emerald Group Publishing LimitedE-mail: vwilliams@emeraldinsight.comDeadline: 14 May 2007

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