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New online journal analyzing health reform initiatives publishes first issue

16 Oct 2013

The online journal Health Reform Observer – Observatoire des Réformes de Santé (HRO-ORS) developed by CHEPA director Michel Grignon, who serves as its editor-in-chief, has published its inaugural issue.

HRO-ORS is an open access, peer-reviewed, online journal, publishing concise, plain-language analyses of individual health reforms related to the governance, financing and delivery of health care in the Canadian provinces and territories, as well as in-depth, cross-issue and cross-jurisdictional “roll-ups” of these reforms.

The first issue contains four peer-reviewed articles:

Grignon says the journal provides researchers and academics with “a unique on-line, peer-reviewed platform to document, analyze, and evaluate health reforms” and makes this information easily and quickly available to other researchers and scholars, decision-makers and members of the interested public including health system stakeholders and the media.

It also provides an “invaluable resource to local, provincial, national, and international decision-makers as they undertake the time-consuming and challenging task of identifying and learning from restructuring efforts initiated within Canada’s vast and decentralized health care system,” he says.

Health Reform Observer - Observatoire des Réformes de Santé does not charge fees to readers or contributors. The journal strives to operate a rigorous and open review process, meaning that the identities of both the author(s) and reviewers are disclosed to one another. Reviewers are encouraged to provide all prospective authors with constructive and timely advice regarding how to improve their manuscript, regardless of their recommendation to accept or decline the manuscript for publication.

Manuscripts may be submitted in English or French and should follow the guidelines found on the journal’s home page. For more information concerning submissions or to express interest in joining the team of reviewers, please contact the journal’s managing editor, Nancy Johnson, at

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