Special Issue Call for Abstracts

Call for Abstracts: The Role of Health Services Research in Advances in Cancer Prevention and Control

Submission deadline for abstracts: Monday 17 June 2024

Health Services Research (HSR) and the Department of Public Health Sciences, University of Virginia School of Medicine are partnering to publish a Special Issue on The Role of Health Services Research in Cancer Prevention and Control. The special issue will be edited by Kevin Schulman, MD, Roger Anderson, PhD, Xin Hu, PhD, and Asal Pilehvari, PhD.

Paradigm shifts in cancer screening such as mammography, colonoscopy, and Pap smears have been pivotal in detecting cancers at earlier and more treatable stages. Treatments including targeted therapies, immunotherapies, and precision medicine have prolonged disease-free intervals, improved overall survival, and enhanced quality of life for survivors. Interventions in the delivery and quality of palliative care and hospice utilization have improved the end-of-life experience. Health services research has contributed significantly to evaluating the effectiveness, accessibility, and implementation strategies of these screening programs, treatments, and interventions, guiding their integration into clinical practice.

Nonetheless, challenges persist in ensuring equitable access to high-quality cancer care for all. Disparities in cancer outcomes based on factors including socioeconomic status, sex, gender identification, race, ethnicity, disability, comoribidities, care delivery system, health policy, and geographical location remain a concern. Addressing these disparities and further improving cancer prevention and control strategies requires a comprehensive application of health services research.

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Call for stand-alone commentary proposals

Health Services Research (HSR) publishes two types of commentaries in most issues: those discussing a research article in the same issue and standalone commentaries that are not tied to another article in the issue. With an ambition to expand the diversity of topics and voices that are typically underrepresented in health services research while remaining true to the HSR mission including relevance to U.S. health care policy and practice, we are calling for proposals for standalone commentaries. Please see our author instructions, Section 2.2: Article Types, for directions on submitting a proposal.


Open Call for Papers on Topics in Inequities Due to Marginalized Social Identities

Submission deadline for abstracts: None (rolling consideration, submissions will be considered anytime)

Health Services Research (HSR) welcomes all manuscript submissions from the field that are consistent with its vision, mission, and values. In brief, those are to provide researchers and users of health services research with new knowledge on methods, concepts, and results related to the financing, organization, delivery, evaluation, and outcomes of health services.

Expanding upon the goals articulated in our report on structural racism and in the accompanying summary editorial, this call is a specific invitation for manuscripts that explore inequities due to marginalized social identities, such as race and ethnicity, as they relate to health and/or the health care system — whether structural, interpersonal, or internalized. While racism is the most severe and enduring form of marginalization in the U.S., this call is also open to papers that explore inequities based on gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, immigration status, and other marginalized social identities.

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