Human Resources for Health aims to support and shape the growing focus on health workforce policy, profile, planning, and performance, and on its contributions to improved health care effectiveness and population health, equity, access, social inclusion, and economic growth.
Human Resources for Health encourages debate and analysis on the health workforce aspects of health sector reform, health service funding and structures, regulation, technology, equity, and access. It contributes to the global evidence base by disseminating research and analysis on: health workforce policy and governance; health labour markets; the training, education and development of the workforce; health workforce practice and management; health workforce mobility and migration; job satisfaction, motivations, and career patterns; skill mix, performance and outcomes; and development of knowledge tools and implementation mechanisms, nationally and internationally. The journal encourages collaboration with colleagues in the locations where the research is conducted, and expects their inclusion as co-authors when they fulfill all authorship criteria.
Human Resources for Health is multi-disciplinary in focus. Effective development, deployment and evaluation of the health workforce are complex processes that require cross-disciplinary collaboration, intersectoral co-ordination, and sound theoretical concepts, in areas such as: labour market analyses; planning; evaluation of programmes; economic evaluation; political and policy analysis; demographics and statistics; gender and diversity studies; migration studies; technological innovation; and methods of improving motivation and productivity. Please note that single intervention focused studies, which are relatively exploratory, small scale and/or descriptive, and which have no clear international context or relevance are unlikely to be sent for peer review or accepted for publication. There is no other international journal in which this analytical and policy oriented agenda can be debated and disseminated to the broader community of human resources for health analysts, academics, practitioners and policy makers. In aiming to have global reach and resonance, and policy impact, Human Resources for Health welcomes articles examining health workforce issues, from all disciplines, and all countries, at all income levels