Writing to Improve Healthcare: An Author’s Guide to Scholarly Publication, First Edition, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Writing to Improve Healthcare

An Author’s Guide to Scholarly Publication, First Edition, 1st Edition

By David P. Stevens

CRC Press

124 pages

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This new book is a 'what and how to' guide to writing for successful scholarly publication in the emerging fields of healthcare improvement and patient safety. While there are many useful authors’ aids for scholarly biomedical publication, none focuses explicitly on these relatively new fields. It offers practical advice that includes preparation and organization of a scholarly healthcare improvement manuscript, where to submit it to find the most likely interested editor and journal, how to take full advantage of coauthors’ working together effectively, and strategies for authors to reach a broader health professions readership.


"The book is unique in that it applies a healthcare improvement perspective to the traditional manu-script preparation and publication process. This is useful for the novice writer and for authors accustomed to writing more traditional clinical research studies or writing for other biomedical fields."

Jennifer S Myers, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA.

Greg Ogrinc, White River Junction VA Medical Centre, Hanover, USA.

Table of Contents

The imperative to publish healthcare improvement . Writing to improve healthcare: preparation of a scholarly healthcare improvement manuscript. Where and how to submit a scholarly improvement manuscript to a journal. Develop a writing style that focuses on the reader. Establish work with coauthors as a process for greater efficiency and effectiveness. The essential role for context in healthcare improvement reporting. Reporting study of the intervention: Rationale and strength of evidence. Harness peer review for an effective scholarly report. Develop an improvement strategy and setting that facilitates successful writing. A comprehensive writing curriculum for diverse clinical disciplines.

About the Author

David P. Stevens, M.D. is Adjunct Professor, Center for Leadership and Improvement, Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, Lebanon, NH; Editor Emeritus, BMJ-Quality and Safety, BMJ Group, London, UK; and Senior Fellow, Institute for Healthcare Improvement, Cambridge, MA

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MEDICAL / General
MEDICAL / Administration
MEDICAL / Education & Training
MEDICAL / Reference