ISI Journal Citation Reports® 2014 Rankings: 6/71 (Health Policy & Services); 13/89 (Health Care Sciences & Services)
|Howard Markel, Editor-in-Chief||Christopher F. Koller, Publisher|
|Tara Strome, Assistant Managing Editor|
From The Current Issue
Koplik’s Spots: The Harbinger of a Measles Epidemic
When reviewing the recent (and entirely preventable) epidemic of measles that began in all places, Disneyland, we are reminded that of the many things we have achieved in public health, the development of effective immunizations against a battery of infectious scourges ranks among the highest. We are reminded too of the work of a brilliant pediatrician named Henry E. Koplik (1869-1927), who first described the pathognomonic signs of measles called “Koplik’s spots.”
By Howard Markel
Our op-ed section features some of the best minds currently working to improve the public’s health. In this issue, our contributors take on issues ranging from the politics of ending the lifelong gay blood donor ban, health reform in a hostile political environment, the future of health care co-ops, and peer review and the public’s health.
Pursuing the Triple Aim: The First 7 Years
In 2008, researchers at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) proposed the Triple Aim, strategic organizing principles of improved care for individuals, better health for populations, and reduced per capita health costs. Seven years later, IHI researchers look at how the Triple Aim has progressed—and describe three principles that are essential for successful implementation.
By John W. Whittington, Kevin Nolan, Ninon Lewis, and Trissa Torres
Participatory Workplace Wellness Programs: Reward, Penalty, and Regulatory Conflict
Workplace wellness programs have the potential to improve workers’ health and reduce health care costs. Providing incentives for participating workers to complete a health risk assessment is a common feature of these programs. But legal and ethical concerns emerge when employers use incentives that raise questions about the voluntariness of such programs.
By Jennifer L. Pomeranz