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Families, Systems and Health

Call for Special Issue

Strategies for Evaluating Integrated Care in the Real World

Families, Systems & Health will devote an upcoming issue to increasing our readership's ability to contribute to the empirical literature supporting integrated practice.

We seek papers that demonstrate  thoughtful evaluation of quality improvement  efforts or research studies, whose findings generate generalizable lessons  (i.e., contribute to the empirical literature). 

Accepted manuscripts will demonstrate for our readers implementation designs,  evaluation strategies, and analytic approaches on a wide range of topics including but not limited to: health outcomes, access, patient experience, or costs. We are particularly interested in manuscripts reporting findings from projects using methods to "capture" clinical practice data such as from  electronic health records, that make theoretical, conceptual or methodological  contributions to the field, and that convey best practices and describe practical aspects of conducting research on integrated practice. Submissions  should offer examples of thoughtful designs that are informed by a theoretical  framework and add to the existing evidence base on integrated health care. 

Relevant submissions may include brief reports or research reports.

All submissions will be peer-reviewed.  Deadline for submission is July1, 2016.  Interested authors should review instructions for authors.  Questions about potential contribution should be directed to one of the guest editors.  

Jodi Polaha, Ph.D.
Department of Family Medicine
East Tennessee State University

Jennifer S. Funderburk, Ph.D.
VA Center for Integrated Healthcare
Syracuse VA Medical Center

Deborah Cohen, Ph.D.
Department of Family Medicine
Oregon Health and Science University

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