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Journal of Compassionate Health Care will cease to be published by BioMed Central (BMC) from 31 July 2018. BMC will continue to host an archive of all articles previously published in the journal and all articles published in Journal of Compassionate Health Care during its time with BMC will remain fully searchable via the BMC website.

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    Authors: Enkeleint-Aggelos Mechili, Agapi Angelaki, Elena Petelos, Dimitra Sifaki-Pistolla, Vasiliki-Eirini Chatzea, Christopher Dowrick, Kathryn Hoffman, Elena Jirovsky, Danica Rotar Pavlic, Michel Dückers, Imre Rurik, Maria van den Muijsenbergh, Tessa van Loenen, Dean Ajdukovic, Helena Bakic and Christos Lionis

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Aims and scope

Journal of Compassionate Health Care provides a vehicle for bringing together multidisciplinary perspectives, research and initiatives concerning the topical concept of compassionate care. The journal invites international contributions and promotes research, discussion and the sharing of experiences with the ultimate goal to improve clinical effectiveness and quality of health care.

Sue Shea

About the Editors

Sue Shea has a background in psychology and research into psychosocial aspects of chronic disorders. She has a strong interest in the concept of compassionate care. Since 2010 she has been involved in many initiatives, including organizing a symposium on compassion. developing a continuing professional development course and assisting the development and delivery of an elective on compassionate care for medical students at the University of Crete (with Christos Lionis). She is also involved in various compassion related discussion forums, and is an active researcher in the field. 

Christos Lionis

Christos Lionis is qualified in internal medicine and social medicine (public health) and is Professor of General Practice and Director of the Clinic of Social and Family Medicine at the University of Crete. His expertise includes needs assessments, morbidity in general practice, diagnostic studies and probability, disease determinants, and health care services and quality in primary care. He has a strong interest in the concept of compassionate care and considers that against the back-drop of the current economic crisis in Greece and elsewhere, the benefits of compassion may prove even more essential. He operates a compassionate care elective, and is involved in many studies and activities relating to compassionate care with Sue Shea.


2017 Journal Metrics

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    68 days from submission to first decision
    130 days from submission to acceptance
    19 days from acceptance to publication

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