Quality in Primary Care


2014: Volume 22 Issues 1 – 6

Quality in Primary Care is an international peer reviewed journal for those researching, teaching or practising in the fields of quality improvement, clinical governance or clinical audit related to primary and prehospital care. The journal is concerned with all aspects of quality and quality improvement in primary and prehospital care and the interfaces between primary, secondary and social care. We publish high-quality original research that advances knowledge on these topics generalisable to other settings and countries and from other disciplines related to medicine, including nursing, practice management, professions allied to medicine and social science.

This is the first international journal devoted solely to the topic of quality in primary healthcare. We intend the journal to fulfil the following functions:

  • To encourage the scientific study of quality improvement by publication of relevant research
  • To chart the development of local, national and international quality systems
  • To create and support a community of people interested in quality improvement
  • To act as an ambassador for better patient standards and for quality generally
  • To campaign for important issues in quality and to promote best practice in quality improvement
  • To act as a resource for practitioners charged with leading quality in primary health care by publishing examples of effective quality improvement projects
  • To debate and critique health service policy relating to quality
  • To act as a sounding board for new ideas, to stimulate debate and encourage innovation
  • To provide a platform for international exchange
  • To promote a better understanding of patient involvement

The journal is supported by a strong Editorial Board which includes colleagues from the United Kingdom, United States, Europe and Australia.

Quality in Primary Care is the official journal of the European Forum for Primary Care and is affiliated with the International Federation of Primary Care Research Networks, North American Primary Care Research Group and the Australian Primary Health Care Institute.

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ISSN 1479-1072
E-ISSN 1479-1064

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Professor A Niroshan Siriwardena
Faculty of Health, Life and Social Sciences
University of Lincoln
Brayford Pool
Lincoln LN6 7TS
Email: [email protected]
Fax: +44 (0)152 283 7058

Editorial Assistant

Sue Bowler
Faculty of Health, Life and Social Sciences
University of Lincoln, UK
Email: [email protected]

Associate Editor

Dr Sarah Redsell
Professor of Public Health
School of Health, Social Care and Education,
Anglia Ruskin University,
East Road,
Cambridge, CB1 1PT

Editorial board

Richard Baker
Department of Health Sciences, University of Leicester, UK

Davis Balestracci
Harmony Consulting, Portland, USA

Ruth Chambers
Centre for Health Policy and Practice Primary Care Development, School of Health, Staffordshire University, UK

Francine Cheater
Institute of Health and Wellbeing, Glasgow Caledonian University, UK

Steve Gillam
Institute of Public Health, University of Cambridge, UK

Peter Groenewegen
Netherlands Institute for Health Services Research, Utrecht, The Netherlands
Moyez Jiwa Curtin University of Technology, Perth, Australia

Christos Lionis
University of Crete, Greece and International Federation of Primary Care Research Networks

Arch Mainous
Department of Family Medicine, Medical University of South Carolina, USA 

Paul Milne
University of Central Lancashire, UK

Maxine Offredy
University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, UK

Danica Rotar Pavlic
Vnanje Gorice, Slovenia

Brenda Poulton
School of Health Sciences, University of Ulster, Co Antrim, UK

Chris Salisbury
Academic Unit of Primary Health Care, University of Bristol, UK

Laura Serrant-Green
Centre for Health and Social Care Improvement, University of Wolverhampton, UK

Nicholas Steel
School of Medicine, Health Policy and Practice, University of East Anglia, UK

Keith Stevenson
Glasgow Caledonian University, UK

Dr Tim Stokes
Senior Clinical Lecturer in Primary Care, School of Health and Population Sciences, College of Medical and Dental Sciences, University of Birmingham, UK

Kieran Walshe
Manchester Centre for Healthcare Management, University of Manchester, UK

Peter Wilcock
Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust, UK

Patricia Wilkie
Social Scientist and Patient Representative, Woking, UK 

Tim Wilson
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, London, UK

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Quality in Primary Care  is published six times a year (February, April, June, August, October and December).

2014: Volume 22 Issues 1 – 6:

  • £421.00 per annum, post free (institutional rate)
  • £208.00 per annum, post free (individual rate)

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Radcliffe Publishing are delighted to offer a first-year discount to the Libraries and other multi-user institutions nominated by members of the International Federation of Primary Care Research Networks, North American Primary Care Research Group, Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute and the European Forum for Primary Care

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  • HMIC
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  • British Nursing Index
  • Zetoc
  • Scopus
  • Ulrich's International Periodicals Directory