Call for Papers on Improving Antimicrobial Stewardship in Health Care from The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety

Thursday, February 01 2018

(OAKBROOK TERRACE, Illinois – February 1, 2018) – As antimicrobial resistance continues to increase and constitute a major threat to public health in the United States and around the world, The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety is calling for papers on improving antimicrobial stewardship programs in health care settings.

Antimicrobial resistance is the ability of microbes—bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites—to grow in the presence of an antibiotic that would normally kill or limit their growth. The overuse and misuse of antibiotics is a leading factor in the development of drug-resistant microbes, which make it harder to eliminate infections from the body. 

“Each year in the United States, at least 2 million people become infected with bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics,” says David W. Baker, MD, MPH, FACP, executive vice president, Division of Health Care Quality Evaluation, The Joint Commission, and editor-in-chief, The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety. “Because antibiotic resistance can have serious health consequences, it is essential that health care organizations implement successful antibiotic stewardship programs. This is why the Journal is actively seeking papers on innovative approaches to antimicrobial stewardship.”

Submission topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Challenges that health care organizations have faced implementing an antimicrobial stewardship programs (ASPs) and how they were overcome
  • Innovative approaches and tools for antimicrobial stewardship
  • Nurse engagement and nursing protocols that improve antimicrobial stewardship
  • Telehealth solutions that meet the needs for antimicrobial stewardship expertise in nursing care centers, critical access hospitals and health care facilities with limited resources
  • The use of rapid diagnostic testing to help guide the appropriate use of antibiotics
  • Quality measurement, particularly the use of the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention’s measure for benchmarking hospital antibiotic use

Submissions will be accepted from all types of health care organizations, including health systems, hospitals, ambulatory and behavioral health care facilities, community health centers, nursing care centers, health plans and disease management programs, and home health care programs. Improvement Articles (suggested word limit: 4,000 words) and Improvement Briefs (2,500 words) will be considered. For additional submission information, please visit


The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety
The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety (JQPS) is a peer-reviewed journal providing health care professionals with innovative thinking, strategies and practices in improving quality and safety in health care. JQPS is the official journal of The Joint Commission and Joint Commission Resources, Inc. Original case studies, program or project reports, reports of new methodologies or the new application of methodologies, research studies, and commentaries on issues and practices are all considered.

The Joint Commission and The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety are registered trademarks of The Joint Commission.