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New in: Healthcare delivery and access to healthcare

Only 2.8% of people with chronic diseases in hospital and community settings were found to have an Advance Care Directive, an audit of Australian medical records finds. Current medical recording systems are barriers to advance care planning due to issues surrounding storage, access and execution of Advance Care Directives. 

New in: eHealth, mHealth, and informatics

An international survey reveals variances in all aspects of International Classification of Diseases coding systems and hospital morbidity data collection systems, both within countries and internationally, shedding light on the lack of standardization both at international and national levels. 

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Advancing Dementia Care
Edited by: Dr. Clarissa Giebel and Tillie Cryer
Collection published: 13 May 2020

Health Services Research for Opioid Use Disorders
Edited by: Dr. Kim Hoffman
Collection published: 31 March 2020

Management of Infectious Diseases in Health Systems and Services
Edited by: Tillie Cryer
Collection published: 19 March 2020

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Annual Journal Metrics

  • Speed
    96 days to first decision for reviewed manuscripts only
    62 days to first decision for all manuscripts
    217 days from submission to acceptance
    16 days from acceptance to publication

    Citation Impact
    1.987 - 2-year Impact Factor
    2.564- 5-year Impact Factor
    1.230 - Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP)
    0.995 - SCImago Journal Rank (SJR)


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