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The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety

The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety

Share important and timely information with your ENTIRE organization with an online site license subscription to The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety, a peer-reviewed publication dedicated to providing health professionals with the information they need to promote the quality and safety of health care. Everyone in your facility will have current and past issues right at their fingertips.

Newly Appointed Editor-in-Chief

David W. Baker, MD, MPH, FACP, has been appointed the inaugural editor-in-chief of The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety (JQPS). Dr. Baker is executive vice president for the Division of Healthcare Quality Evaluation at The Joint Commission. In this senior leadership position, Dr. Baker oversees the development of The Joint Commission’s health care quality evaluation tools, including standards, survey methods and performance measures. He also oversees The Joint Commission’s Department of Health Services Research. Dr. Baker is internationally known for his research in health literacy, racial and ethnic disparities, the impact of language barriers, differences in health outcomes for the uninsured, and the use of electronic health records for quality measurement and improvement. He has published more than 200 original research articles and book chapters and has won numerous awards, including the 2013 American College of Physicians’ Alvan R. Feinstein Memorial Award for research in clinical epidemiology.

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Product Description

Product Description

Published monthly, The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety is a peer-reviewed publication dedicated to providing health professionals with the information they need to promote the quality and safety of health care. The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety invites original manuscripts on the development, adaptation, and/or implementation of innovative thinking, strategies, and practices in improving quality and safety in health care. Case studies, program or project reports, reports of new methodologies or new applications of methodologies, research studies on the effectiveness of improvement interventions, and commentaries on issues and practices are all considered.

In addition to feature articles—full-length descriptions of quality and safety programs, methods, or strategies, including the rationale, planning, implementation, evaluation, and lessons learned, the Journal also offers shorter articles in departments such as Interviews, Field Notes, Tool Tutorials, Rapid Response Systems, and Case Studies in Brief.

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Current Issue

Current Issue

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Executive Editor: Steve Berman
Project Manager: Lisa King
Statistical Consultant: Stephen Schmaltz, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Publications: Catherine Chopp Hinckley, Ph.D.

Editorial Policy
No statement in The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety should be construed as an official position of The Joint Commission or Joint Commission Resources unless otherwise stated. In particular, there has been no official review with regard to matters of standards compliance.

Subscription Information
Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety (ISSN 1553-7250) is published monthly (12 issues per year, 1 volume per year) by Joint Commission Resources, 1515 West 22nd St., Suite 1300W, Oak Brook, IL 60523

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© 2015 by The Joint Commission.

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No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any reasons without written permission.

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Editorial Advisory Board

Editorial Advisory Board

2015 Editorial Advisory Board

Gerry Armitage, PhD, RN
University of Bradford
Bradford, United Kingdom

Vineet M. Arora, MD, MAPP
University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine

Abdullah M. Assiri, MD, FACP
Ministry of Health
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Sean M. Berenholtz, MD, MHS, FCCM
Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality
Johns Hopkins Schools of Medicine and Bloomberg School of Public Health

Dale W. Bratzler, DO, MPH
OU Physicians
Oklahoma University Health Sciences Center
Oklahoma City

Marcy Carty, MD, MPH
Evolent Health
Arlington, Virginia

Neil S. Fleming, PhD
Baylor Scott & White Health

Anne-Claire France, PhD, CPHQ, MBB, FACHE
Houston Health Innovations, LLC

Kimberly D. Gregory, MD, MPH
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Los Angeles

John B. Hertig, PharmD, MS, CPPS
Purdue University
Rick Iedema, PhD, FASSA
University of Tasmania
Chatswood, Australia

Lianne Jeffs, RN, PhD
St. Michael’s Hospital

Peter K. Lindenauer, MD, MSc
Baystate Medical Center
Springfield, Massachusetts

Kedar S. Mate, MD
Institute for Healthcare Improvement
Cambridge, Massachusetts  

Lorraine C. Mion, PhD, RN, FAAN
Vanderbilt University School of Nursing
Nashville, Tennessee
  John Øvretveit, MPhil, PhD, CPsychol, AFBPsS, CSci  
Karolinska Institutet Medical Management Centre

Emily S. Patterson, PhD
Ohio State University
Columbus, Ohio

James W. Pichert, PhD
Vanderbilt University
Nashville, Tennessee

Peter Pronovost, MD, PhD
Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality

Eduardo Salas, PhD
University of Central Florida

Urmimala Sarkar, MD, MPH
University of California, San Francisco
San Francisco  Ranjit Singh, MA, MBBChir(Cantab), MBA
University at Buffalo
Buffalo, New York

Olanrewaju A. Soremekun, MD, MBA
Thomas Jefferson University

Gautham Suresh, MD, DM, MS, FAAP
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center/Geisel School of Medicine
Lebanon, New Hampshire

Nancy Szaflarski, PhD, RN, FCCM
Stanford Health Care
Stanford, California

Mark Van Kooy, MD
Aspen Advisors, LLC

Cordula Wagner, PhD
Institute for Health and Care Research (EMGO+), VU Medical Center
The Netherlands Institute of Health Services Research (NIVEL)
Utrecht, The Netherlands

Brook Watts, MD, MS
Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center

Anthony Weiss, MD, MBA
Upstate Medical University
Syracuse, New York   

Iain E. Yardley, BM, MPH, FRCS
Alder Hey Children’s Hospital
Liverpool, United Kingdom


Submission Guidelines

Submission Guidelines

Feature articles:
Feature articles should not exceed 4,000 words, not including illustrations and references. Articles should consist of background, rationale, methods or implementation, results, and discussion, but this will depend on the nature of the article. When possible, articles should contain case studies or problems and practical solutions. For manuscripts on the development and testing of interventions to improve the quality and safety of health care, authors are encouraged to use the SQUIRE Publications Guidelines (  

Manuscripts are invited for the following:

  • Letters: Letters can pertain to an article or department published in the Journal or to any issue, topic, or project in quality and safety in health care.
  • Field Notes (limit, 1,000 words): Field Notes provides a forum for brief papers on works in progress.
  • Tool Tutorial: Tool Tutorial describes new tools or new uses for current tools that can be used in any quality or safety activity.
  • Rapid Response Systems: Innovative approaches to or important issues in rapid response systems, which usually involves rapid response teams (also called medical emergency teams).
  • Case Study in Brief (limit, 2,000 words): Case Study in Brief provides pragmatic, hands-on examples of how organizations address quality and safety issues and problems.
  • Forum: Commentaries on issues and practices of typical interest.
  • Frontline Tips: Quality and safety tips from practitioners “in the trenches.” 

Please contact the editor for further guidance. 

Submission Process
An electronic version (Microsoft Word or ASCII format), preferably as an e-mail attachment, is required. By a jointly signed cover letter or by e-mail correspondence, all authors should confirm that the manuscript represents original work that has not been published or is not being considered for publication elsewhere and that they have all contributed to, and approve of, the manuscript. Copies of any closely related manuscripts, whether published or in development, should be submitted along with the manuscript that is to be considered by the Journal. On manuscript submission, authors are required to disclose any potential conflicts of interest or provide a declaration of no conflicts of interest. 
Preparation of Manuscript
Manuscripts should be double-spaced with 1-inch margins at top, bottom, and sides, and in 12-point type. The order of items in the manuscript is the title page, acknowledgments, abstract, text, references, legends, tables, and figures. All pages should be numbered.

Title Page. Include the title of the article, lead author's address and contact information, authors’ (no more than 10) names and titles, affiliations, and, if different, the affiliation when the article was written. Grant support that requires acknowledgement must be mentioned on the title page. Any commercial associations that might pose a conflict of interest in connection with the submitted article must also be disclosed.

Acknowledgments. Obtain permission to reprint or adapt any illustrations of tables published previously; a copy of the original signed letter granting such approval must accompany the manuscript. All material reprinted or adapted from previously published literature must be accompanied by the name of the original author, title of the article, title of the journal or book in which it appears, date of publication, and publisher’s city and name.

Abstract. Provide a structured abstract of 270 or fewer words.

Text. Use only standard abbreviations and acronyms; spell out at first use and use short version thereafter. Use generic names for drugs whenever possible. If using brand names, put in parenthesis after first citing generic names.

References. Number references consecutively as they are cited.  Citations to periodicals should include the information shown in the following example, in the same order and with the same punctuation, capitalization, and use of italics. This example shows the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) uniform requirements, also known as the Vancouver style, for periodicals. Vancouver should be used for periodical sources only. Please note that these examples show full page ranges and italicized periodical titles, which are deviations from the Vancouver style. (See also

Examples: Author Name(s). Title of article. Journ abbrev. Year abbreviated month day if known;volume(issue number):inclusive page numbers.

Halpern SD, et al. Solid-organ transplantation in HIV-infected patients. N Engl J Med. 2002 Jul 25;347(4):284–287.

Simpson KR, et al. Michigan Health & Hospital Association Keystone Obstetrics: A Statewide collaborative for perinatal patient safety in Michigan. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf. 37(12):544–552.

Authors are responsible for accuracy. Please consult the JCR Editorial Style Manual References section for more information.

Tables and Figures. Cite tables and figures (for example, Table 1, Figure 1) consecutively in the text. All tables and figures should have titles and be easily understood. Figures should also have short legends that comment on the information in the figure.

Editorial Process
Authors are notified on receipt of a manuscript and again upon the editorial decision regarding publication.

Manuscript review. Manuscripts deemed suitable for publication are sent to Editorial Advisory Board members and/or other reviewers. Notification of the editorial decision is usually provided within to eight weeks from receipt of manuscript. Publication of solicited manuscripts is not guaranteed. In most cases, manuscripts are accepted conditionally, pending an author’s revision of the material.

Copyright. When a manuscript is accepted for publication, the author(s) is required to sign an assignment of copyright ownership to The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety.

Author Approval. Authors are responsible for all statements in articles, including changes made by editors. The liaison author must be available for consultation with an editor of The Journal to answer questions during the editorial process and to approve edited copy. Authors receive edited typescript (not galley proofs) for final approval. Changes cannot be made to the copy after the edited version has been approved.

Other Inquiries:
Please direct all inquiries, manuscripts, and related correspondence to
Steven Berman, Executive Editor
Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety
Joint Commission Resources
One Renaissance Blvd.
Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois 60181
Phone: (630) 792-5453
Fax: (630) 792-4453



Who within my organization should subscribe to the Journal?
CEOs of health care organizations, quality improvement and performance improvement professionals, medical directors, nursing administrators, and medical librarians in hospitals, hospital systems, integrated delivery systems, ambulatory settings, long term care settings, and behavioral care settings, and other settings. Consultants, payers, purchasers, health policy makers, health professions educators, health services researchers, utilization review directors, risk management directors—virtually anyone with an interest in or responsibility for quality and safety.

How does the Journal differ from the many other periodicals on quality of care and quality improvement?
The Journal was the first publication of its kind to offer the kind of detailed reports on quality improvement methods that professionals need if they are to be able to really learn how to apply those methods to their own settings. It publishes monthly, which allows for consistent coverage of quality and safety, and is peer reviewed, which means that papers are thoroughly screened by members of the Editorial Advisory Board and/or other experts to fulfill readers' needs for authoritative, credible, and useful information. And it covers a wide range of topics, unlike many newsletters that focus only on single topics, such as disease management or practice guidelines.

How often does the Journal publish?

How do I place an ad in the Journal?
Contact Steven J. Mandell at or call 630-268-4810630-268-4810.

Can I submit articles?
Yes. See the "Submission Guidelines" section.

Who writes articles for the Journal?
The Journal receives submissions, occasionally by invitation, from a quality and safety community as diverse as its readership. Articles come from a wide variety of practitioners, quality and safety specialists, administrators, consultants, and researchers, usually because of their interest in describing their own experiences with quality and safety initiatives and methods and in reporting their own perspectives. Articles are welcome from not only the United States but the entire world.

How long does it take for a paper to be accepted and published?
This varies with the topic and quality of the paper and the number of papers in the pipeline, but for most papers it takes 4-8 months to be accepted and another 6-9 months to be published. Short papers considered for a department will receive expedited treatment.

Does the Journal represent the official views of the Joint Commission or Joint Commission Resources?
Unlike Joint Commission Perspectives, "the official newsletter of The Joint Commission," the Journal is a forum for the entire quality and safety community. Articles may on occasion express views that diverge from Joint Commission policies and standards. Yet the Journal does address the mission of JCR and the Joint Commission.

Is there discount pricing for health care systems with multiple facilities?
For pricing considerations for health systems with multiple sites and multi-year subscriptions, please contact Helen Fry at or 630.792.5414.

For general periodical FAQs, please click here.

Online Access

Online Access

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For questions regarding the content of The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety, please contact:

Steve Berman, Executive Editor
Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety
Joint Commission Resources
One Renaissance Boulevard
Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois 60181
630/792-4453 (fax)

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