Posts by Liz Hoffman

I'm a Journal Development Manager at BioMed Central with an interest in health services research, public health, community care & ethics.

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Training on the job: getting health workers’ training right

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Training of health workers has long been an important part of healthcare systems and is needed both before and after workers enter the health services systems as qualified healthcare professionals.  Investment in in-service training (IST) is a crucial part of ensuring the long term efficiency, safety and scalability of health services. After all, who wants to be risk their health by being treated by someone with no, or out of date, training.

As Diana Frymus (USAID) notes “IST has been a key component of building the capability of health workers to competently, safely, and efficiently provide quality services. Yet, it is increasingly apparent that IST practices are not always conducted in the most efficient, effective, and sustainable manner.  …

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Medical tourism

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People are responding to economic constraints and the global healthcare market by travelling outside of their domestic country to seek alternative options for expensive medical procedures. The availability of apparently reliable medical care in a range of countries including in  Asia and Eastern Europe at a fraction of the cost incurred in Western countries has created some lucrative business opportunities. This phenomenon of seeking out healthcare through international travel is often known as ‘medical tourism’, with the aspects associated with fertility treatment also being known as ‘fertility tourism’ or ‘reproductive tourism’.

We are delighted to announce the cross-journal thematic series on ‘Medical tourism – concepts, ethics, and practices‘ which addresses the issues surrounding medical tourism including the host of potential …

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Big data in medicine and health

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Data are flooding in at rates never seen before, doubling every 18 months, as a result of greater access to customer data from public, proprietary and purchased sources, as well as new information gathered from Web communities and newly deployed smart assets. These trends are broadly known as ‘big data’, and new software, technology and tools are needed to cope with the high volume, variety, and velocity of the big data. Big data often refers to data available from various domains such as from business, Web traffic and social networks to software and sensors that monitor shipments, suppliers and customers, and big data research encourages domain specific expertise or cross-disciplinary collaboration.

Due to the recent development or maturation of database, data …

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International Neuroethics in Medicine: a call for papers

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Our understanding of the nervous system and brain are being re-shaped by the development and use of neuroscientific techniques. These advances in neuroscience are also changing our understanding of the functions of consciousness, cognition, emotion and behaviour, as well as the nature of dysfunction, and the classifications of normality and abnormality. The expanding applications of the neuroscience foster questions about the definition of treatment, the limitations and limits of biomedical technology, and issues of justice in the provision of medical goods, services and resources. Neuroethics is the ethics of these questions, and is somewhat contentious.

Given the broad international scope of neuroscientific research and use, neuroethics must be sensitive to multi-cultural issues to be viable in the pluralist world-stage that defines …

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Advancing healthcare quality improvement

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Research is crucial to ensuring that our healthcare and healthcare systems improve and develop to meet the needs of populations.  The Academy for Healthcare Improvement fosters an interprofessional community that advances quality improvement in health care through scholarly and educational activities.

Implementation Science is pleased to announce the publication of a new supplement  The Proceedings on Advancing the Methods for Healthcare Quality Improvement Research, covering a conference held by the Academy for Healthcare Improvement. The supplement includes presentations on study design, data registries, comparative effectiveness, and healthcare disparities.  This conference, held on May 7-8, 2012, was a forum for the current state and future needs of quality improvement research and its methodological and technical …

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Right Time, Right Place

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Health systems around the world are looking to improve access to health services and health system effectiveness. Two key interlocking components of a sustainable health workforce solution are to keep scarce skills in the system by effective retention strategies, and to enable them to be deployed where they can best make a positive difference to population health.

Many management, education and policy solutions to achieving a “right time, right place” strategy are being tried and tested in different countries. Human Resources for Health is pleased to announce a new thematic series “Right Time, Right Place: Improving access to health service through effective retention and distribution of health workers.” The aim of this series is to report on new analysis, strategic …

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New partnership for Chiropractic & Manual Therapies

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Chiropractic & Manual Therapies, which moved to publish with BioMed Central in 2005, has always focused on the publication of evidence-based research into the effectiveness of the treatments offered by the discipline and, as was hoped for by the societies that partner with it, the open access publishing model has played a significant role in reducing the barriers to research literacy in the field.

 

 

 

 

 

Since then, the journal has gone from strength-to-strength and we are pleased to announce that The UK College of Chiropractors has joined the Chiropractic and Osteopathic College of Australasia (COCA) and the European Academy of Chiropractic (EAC) to publish Chiropractic & Manual Therapies.

The UK College …

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Health Information Science and Systems launches with BioMed Central

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Health Information Science and Systems (HISS) has published its inaugural articles with BioMed Central.  HISS  is a multidisciplinary journal that aims to use technologies in computer science to assist in disease diagnoses, treatment, prediction and monitoring through the modelling, design, development, visualization, integration and management of health related information.

HISS is edited by Yanchun Zhang who highlights in his launch editorial the broad geographical spread of the authors and hence the wide reach the journal hopes to have, “The first articles published in HISS comprise four papers (in addition to this Editorial) and the authors are from Singapore, Hungary, Australia, USA and China. These initial articles illustrate how …

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Editor-in-Chief changes for Implementation Science

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Implementation Science is delighted to announce that Michel Wensing from Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre, Netherlands and Anne Sales of the Veteran Affairs Center for Clinical Management Research, USA have joined Martin Eccles as co-Editors-in-Chief, having previously served as Associate Editors.

The journal was launched in 2006 with Brian Mittman and Martin Eccles at its helm. It aims to to publish research relevant to the scientific study of methods to promote the uptake of research findings into routine healthcare in clinical, organisational or policy contexts. In his editorial announcing the Editor-in-Chief changes Martin Eccles describes the growth of the journal to become the leading international journal in the field of implementation science.

Call for papers: International Journal for Equity in Health announces special series in Multimorbidity and Equity in Health

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Multimorbidity, the co-occurrence of health conditions in individuals and populations, is a phenomenon with high burden and high prevalence in persons and groups of disadvantaged circumstances, such as low socioeconomic status, immigrants, and ethnic/cultural minorities.

The Editors of International Journal for Equity in Health is now accepting submissions on Multimorbidity and Equity in Health for inclusion in a special series on the topic.

This thematic series will accept papers on patterns and trends of multimorbidity inequity, variations in multimorbidity burden by social characteristics, and on the impact of multimoribity inequity on health care resource use and outcomes.

We welcome submissions via our online system, indicating in the cover letter you would like the manuscript to be considered for …

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