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Engagement and Accountability with your community

Special issue call for papers from International Journal of Health Governance

Apart from research to inform quality improvement, many healthcare organizations such as hospitals, primary care clinics, HMOs and regional health boards are implementing mechanisms to engage with their surrounding communities.  Similarly, academic institutions are responding to increasing requirements that their researchers improve accountability and collaboration with communities they wish to study.  Several indigenous communities and patient advocacy groups also have established their own engagement processes to ensure that proposed projects respect linguistic, cultural and service needs of their community members.  Although the need to develop the scholarship around models of meaningful community, citizen, and patient governance of the health service research process has been well stated, few studies disclose the process adopted in any detail.
This special issue aims to:

•             bring together the literature surrounding community, citizen and patient engagement;
•             showcase models of effective patient/citizen/community governance over health service and healthcare quality improvement research;
•             critically explore benefits and challenges alike, for the research process, and for the uptake of findings.
Sharing lessons learned by exemplary programs could benefit board and administrative leaders everywhere. Involving citizens and patients in planning, research and evaluation can produce better measurement and more transparent governance, leading to the intended public impact of a legitimate feeling of safety and trustworthiness. Sharing lessons and identifying knowledge gaps can assist in restructuring government and corporate responsibility to produce better health and service outcomes in communities.
Submit your work

Anticipated themes include, but are not limited to:
•    Citizen, patient, staff & community engagement expectations or models;
•    corporate & community impact of health service research governance models;
•    individual & community benefit in research participation;
•    population/community health accountability.
Submissions can be made at the following link: (in the pull-down menus and your cover letter, please indicate submission to the theme issue rather than to a regular issue)

Author Guidelines are available at:

Deadline for submissions: 15 May 2019