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Public Health | Aims and Scope: Health Care Analysis

Aims and Scope: Health Care Analysis

Health Care Analysis promotes debate about the fundamental rationale of all aspects of health systems and health care provision including:

public policy and health
health-related education
health services organisation and decision-making
health care professional practice.


Papers can focus on one of these areas but the journal is committed to the view that all aspects of health systems are interrelated and papers which make links between some of these areas will be particularly welcome. Papers accepted for publication are likely to analyse these areas in relation to one or more of the following: aims or ends; underlying models, concepts or assumptions; principles, values or ideology.

All styles of theoretical analysis are welcome providing that they illuminate fundamental issues and encourage debate. Papers must be rigorous but accessible - care should be taken to ensure that their arguments and implications are plain to a broad academic and international audience. Papers can be grounded in empirical research or case-studies but purely theoretical papers are welcome. Authors are encouraged, where possible, to have regard to the social contexts of the issues they are discussing, and all authors should ensure that they indicate the 'real world' implications of their work.

Health Care Analysis is a journal for everyone interested in philosophical issues in health care which seeks to support the conversation between philosophy and policy. It publishes contributions from philosophers, social scientists, other health-related academics and policy analysts, health care educators, health care professionals and managers.