Asked what she thought of the new effort, Susan Dentzer, editor in chief of Health Affairs, replied by e-mail, "We warmly welcome this exciting new journal to the delivery system innovation 'space'."
Even as many publications are cutting back, it occurs to me that there is a need for such a journal, one whose pages aren't taken up with clinical trial results about new medications or stent devices, but which illustrates the fundamental goal of healthcare: care of the patient.
During interviews with at least four published authors about their papers dealing with how we measure safety and quality in recent weeks, I asked them why their papers were so short, and left so many questions hanging.
On background, they all confided the same lament. They'd submitted lengthy manuscripts intended as original contributions or featured pieces, only to see them delayed for years, and/or cut to a fraction of their original length, and/or relegated to a lesser status, for example as "research letters" of barely one page.