JPSM has announced a new call for brief reports explaining the results of quality improvement initiatives in palliative care. JPSM associate editor David Casarett and members of the AAHPM Quality Task Force were puzzled by the dearth of good information about what quality improvement innovations programs are finding successful. They realized that there aren’t many good venues for sharing the results of quality improvement initiatives, since the journals typically focus on publication of more traditional research. Thus, the idea was born for a special JPSM series on quality improvement, which will review submissions against criteria appropriate to quality improvement, not research. This series is aimed at sharing quality improvement initiatives in hospice and palliative care so that we begin to build a shared body of knowledge about what works (or doesn’t) to improve hospice and palliative care.

If your program has a quality improvement innovation of which you are proud, please take the next step and share it with your colleagues via the JPSM series. Submissions are due April 15, 2011. More information about the call.