This is the first European journal devoted solely to the topic of quality in primary healthcare. The aim of the journal is to promote the science of improving primary care delivery to patients, families and communities, putting the science of quality improvement at the heart of patient care. The journal is concerned with all aspects of quality, safety and equity in primary care including the interface between primary and secondary or social care.
The journal fulfills the following functions:
encourages the scientific study of quality improvement by publication of relevant research
charts the development of local, national and international quality systems
creates and supports a community of people interested in quality improvement
acts as an ambassador for better patient standards and for quality generally
campaigns for important issues in quality and promotes best practice in quality improvement
acts as a resource for practitioners charged with leading quality in primary healthcare by publishing examples of effective quality improvement projects
debates and critiques health service policy relating to quality
provides a platform for international exchange
promotes a better understanding of patient involvement.
The journal is multidisciplinary. We publish high-quality academic articles, practical ideas based on relevant experiences, quality improvement projects, patient perspective articles, and international exchange of developments. Areas of interest include the organization of quality, clinical governance, clinical audit, patient safety, appraisal and professional development, quality improvement techniques, performance management, patient confidentiality, patient perspective, leadership, risk management, continuous quality improvement, management of underperformance and organizational culture. Details concerning the preparation and submission of articles can be found on the inside back cover of each issue and on the website.