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International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance

International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance

Addressing the issues of management and quality

ISSN: 0952-6862

This journal is a Hybrid Open Access journal
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CiteScore 2018: 1.31
CiteScoreTracker 2019: 1.13 (Updated Monthly)

Aims and Scope

The International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance (IJHCQA) provides a forum for current thinking on the theoretical and practical aspects of quality and management in health care and helps to develop and continuously improve health care organisations.  The journal offers a definition of quality within the context of health care, examines managerial and planning methods and discusses the implications of introducing and maintaining quality initiatives. 

The journal publishes double blind peer-reviewed:

  • Qualitative and quantitative research on all aspects of quality in health care which demonstrates relevance to practice
  • Case studies detailing real-life examples of quality assurance techniques and management within health and social care settings 

Themes addressed are clinical, managerial and educational in scope and cover:

  • Successful quality/continuous improvement projects
  • The use of quality tools and models in leadership management development such as the EFQM Excellence Model, Balanced Scorecard, Quality Standards, Managed Care
  • Issues relating to process control such as Six Sigma, Leadership, Managing Change and Process Mapping 
  • Improving patient care through quality related programmes and/or research 

IJHCQA is read by academics teaching or researching in the field, health care managers in the public and private sectors and nursing staff working with quality management methods.

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'IJHCQA is the best in the field of health care quality assurance and covers research in the entire field. All papers published in the journal are of very high quality [and] represent the most important and innovative research in the field.'
Dr Kristina Guo, Department of Public Administration, Director, Health Care Administration Program, University of Hawai'i-West O'ahu, USA

This journal is abstracted and indexed in:

ABI/INFORM, ASSIA: Applied Social Sciences Index & Abstracts, British Library, British Nursing Index, Cabell's Directory of Publishing Opportunities, CINAHL Information Systems, Emerald Management Reviews, Emerging Sources Citation Index (Clarivate Analytics), Health Service Abstracts, Hospital and Health Administration Index, MEDLINE, Mosby Index, Mosby Nursing Consult, PNA Research, ProQuest, QUALIS, ReadCube Discover

This journal is ranked by:

Scopus, Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS, UK) Academic Journal Guide, The Database for Statistics on Higher Education, Norway (Level 1)

International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance is available as part of an online subscription to the Emerald Health & Social Care eJournals Collection. For more information, please email [email protected] or visit the Emerald Health & Social Care eJournals Collection page.

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