American Heart Association to Launch Fifth New Journal

Reflecting the growing emphasis on evidence-based cardiology practice, the American Heart Association has announced a September premier for Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes. The journal--the fifth in a series of six new titles to appear under the banner of Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association--will be published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, a part of Wolters Kluwer Health.

"Our journal will be a catalyst for turning outstanding science into actions that will improve health and healthcare," said Harlan M. Krumholz, M.D., S.M., who has been named editor of the new journal. Krumholz is Harold H. Hines, Jr. professor of medicine and epidemiology and public health at Yale University and director of the Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation at Yale-New Haven Hospital.

Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes arrives at a time when cardiologists are increasingly challenged to translate new scientific knowledge into meaningful advances in patient care and clinical outcomes, according to Krumholz.

"As a profession we are manifesting remarkable advances in our ability to prevent and treat cardiovascular disease and yet we see marked gaps in our ability to provide safe, effective, efficient, equitable, timely, and patient-centered care," Krumholz said. "There is a need for scholarship to promote improvements in cardiovascular health and healthcare, focusing on the end results of our efforts."

The core of the journal will be original research studies that span the spectrum of cardiovascular outcomes research. The journal will also present papers focusing on methodology, including new measurement tools and analytic approaches. "Our journal will be multidisciplinary in its orientation and will welcome contributions that bring into focus the methods of a wide range of fields as they apply to outcomes research," Krumholz said.

Other features will include case reports focusing on local innovations from practitioners, commentaries on clinical practice and policy, "primers" on statistical interpretation or methods, and "MMWR-style" rapid data reports. Online extras will include special data supplements, as well as the opportunity for readers to submit "E-Letters" in response to published articles.

The editors are actively seeking new research studies and other manuscripts. Information on submitting a manuscript can be found at http://circ.ahajournals.org/misc/ifora_outcomes.shtml.

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