This Journal has moved to http://journalofhealth.co.nz/.
In recent decades, there has been a major shift or emphasis towards “evidence-based” health care decision making. Health outcomes are the result of human behaviour through biological, social, environmental, and political processes. Processes are dynamic by nature, therefore, a good understanding of what constitutes ‘evidence’ is essential. Our interest lies in studies that acknowledge and seek to address the dynamics of human behaviour in their interpretation of the evidence using any or a variety of appropriate methods.
Top professional and academic journals carry a major selection bias that involves rejecting over 90% of papers submitted to them thus leaving a good proportion of quality articles unpublished or published with a different orientation for a different audience. This approach, in addition to creating information bias within the policy development environment, has also created a huge gap in the process of sharing information from problem identification through to practical and innovative approaches in dealing with the problem.
This Journal is concerned about the dynamics of human health and as such is not uni- or bi-discipline and is interested in scholarly work that studies health outcomes within a greater process or processes. Not only are there issues relevant to individuals’ health and social outcomes, but most of these outcomes are processes themselves and may be subject to other processes such as health and social policies, health systems and organisational culture, education and training, and relationships between various disciplines of care, e.g. nursing, medicine, midwifery, social work, and so on.
The Journal aims to provide a two way bridge in order to fill in the gap between education and practice, to provide a platform for the industry and academics to communicate new evidence, controversies and innovations. The Journal is intended to appeal to those practising in health and social practice, education, policy makers, and those who are interested in issues of public health.
The Journal accepts original articles, post-graduate research, review articles, projects, critical reviews, opinion articles, book reviews and commentary. All submitted articles will be subjected to a peer review process and must conform with the Journal’s format.