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November 19, 1997

A JAMA Theme Issue on Quality of Care: A New Proposal and a Call to Action

Author Affiliations

Dr Lundberg is the Editor of JAMA, and Dr Wennberg is with the Department of Community and Family Medicine, Dartmouth Medical School, Hanover, NH.

JAMA. 1997;278(19):1615-1616. doi:10.1001/jama.1997.03550190079049

This is the week for the annual coordinated theme issue event of the 10 scientific journals of the American Medical Association. Since we began this process of using modified Delphi ballots of our editorial board and senior editorial staff in 1990, we have published on the following themes:

1991—Caring for the Uninsured and Underinsured


1993—Molecular Medicine and Genetics

1994—Disease Prevention and Health Promotion

1995—Emerging and Reemerging Global Microbial Threats

1996—Managed Care

1997—Quality of Care

As this theme issue concept has evolved, we have identified the following purposes:

• To stimulate research and writing on a specific topic

• To emphasize a subject for our readers

• To change public knowledge and attitudes

• To influence public policy

• To provide timely, in-depth reference sources in 1 place

• To enhance research funding for a field

• To call attention to the messages and to the messengers

Since the topics

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