Health Services Research (HSR) is planning a special issue with the Catholic Health Association of the United States on the theme of health care equity, to be edited by Alexander Ortega, PhD, with guest editors Nate Hibner, PhD, Brian Kane, PhD, and Tanjala
The goal of this special issue is to feature studies that are not merely descriptive but instead focus on new methods, measures, practices, policies, theories, observations, or insights that will allow the field to better understand the causes, consequences, and solutions to eliminating health care inequities.
With a wide lens on the many inequities that exist (racial/ethnic, insurance status, socioeconomic, age, rural/urban, LGBTQ, disability, immigrant, etc.), we invite abstracts that highlight successes and barriers towards understanding and achieving health care equity. Observational studies, qualitative studies, natural experiments, interventions, evaluations, and systematic reviews are welcome. We invite researchers across many disciplines, across academia, professional societies, and health care institutions. The editors will favor articles that are action oriented, with evidence that will inform policies and practices to eliminate health care inequities.
Submitted abstracts will be evaluated by a multidisciplinary and interprofessional review panel, which will prioritize the best abstracts to receive invitations to submit full manuscripts. The evaluation criteria will include: (1) quality, rigor and originality; (2) relevance to the special issue theme, articulated above; and (3) clarity of writing and presentation. Invited manuscripts submitted for the Special Issue will first undergo the same HSR peer review process as all regular manuscripts.