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Aims & Scope

World Medical & Health Policy is a unique journal dedicated to the intersection of politics, policy, medicine, and public health. The Journal's primary objective is to contribute to improved global health by providing the necessary knowledge to translate scientific evidence into the normative function of politics.

Politics and policy often blurs the boundaries between scientific evidence and social values, especially in a globalizing world. Medical practice today occurs in an increasingly complex environment governed by global trade, socio-cultural interactions, and rapid technological advances. Regulations, laws, international relations, and natural and human made disasters all affect access to medical care and preventive services. Economic imperatives, diplomacy, and humanitarian interventions impact health outcomes often in unexpected and unintended ways.

One of the primary objectives of World Medical & Health Policy is to encourage and promote interdisciplinary research at the intersection of public policy and medical practice, and to translate research into policies and practice standards. The journal will highlight the practical implications of political and policy choices, and will include opinions and case studies from practitioners in the field alongside scholarly research articles. By bringing a policy perspective to medical practice, the journal helps readers navigate the often tangled world of regulations, liability, and standards of care, and deepens their awareness of ethics, practices, and the socio-economic context in which they are created. By translating empirical evidence into policy, the journal also helps policymakers design programs that improve health outcomes, with special attention to the proper allocation of scarce resources.

Topical Areas

The topical areas listed below provide information to authors on the core categories of papers are sought for submission, but are not meant to exclude other meritorious manuscripts in the broad areas of global health and medical policy.

  • New educational trends and certification; for example, distance learning and outcomes from internationally accredited training programs and courses
  • Pharmaceuticals and international trade; for example, intellectual property and life saving vaccines and medications, policies to encourage transnational research & development, narcoterrorism, and adulteration of health care products
  • Care path management; for example, macro-level analysis of the policies that govern the care provider-patient relationship and health outcomes, and case studies
  • Evidence-based research guiding desirable practices and outcomes that address guidelines and measures for a "good care outcome"
  • Research on reliable health and medical determinants, measurements, and impacts
  • Comparative studies on the efficacy of care and health delivery services
  • Global health, medical capacity-building, and successful policy adoption
  • The interaction between policy decisions and medical science and technology
  • Trade issues, such as the ability of patients to purchase generic drugs outside of the country of residence
  • Medical tourism and health care implications
  • Medical diplomacy and the sustainability of the humanitarian help
  • The emergence of new plagues; for example, those induced by human activities and poor stewardship of physical or technological resources, from global warming to the pandemic of microbial resistance to antibiotics
  • Novel medical practice standards, guidelines, and procedures, and their impact on international relations and public policy
  • Labor policy, especially transnational labor policy, and its impact on health care workers and health care disparities
  • Best health care practices and guidelines for policy makers
  • Handbooks and resources on policies, regulations, and governance for clinicians
  • Regenerative medicine and the many policy issues associated with life prolonging technologies such as organ harvesting, recombinant vaccines, stem and embryonic cell research, biologically inspired products, and artificially grown organs and prostheses
  • Conservation and stewardship medicine related to human-environment interaction; for example, the translocation of the wild life and spread of animal diseases, emerging and reemerging infections and ecosystem degradation, global warming and possible rise of disease, wars and health consequences, and the role of the health care professionals in exploring and communicating the risks of such practices for food, water and air contamination, infections or toxic products, and general public health.