Notes from the Editor-in-Chief
It's important to understand that with a typical issue of Healthcare Papers, we anticipate that approximately one third to one half of the commentators invited to respond to a specific issue will agree to write. However, to our surprise, when the invitations to respond to this issue were sent out, almost every single person or group accepted. In fact, we had to stop inviting people!
To us, this was clear evidence that workplace health is one of the most important topics in healthcare today. It was also obvious that people feel passionately about it. I would suggest that it is a topic of interest worldwide. The lead essays and the 13 commentaries provide a thorough discussion of the issues and potential solutions - a must-read for everyone involved in running, or working in, a healthcare facility.
As Shamian and El-Jardali summarize in their final response, "Changing the work environment for health workers enables us to attain the goals of our healthcare system, which are to provide access to quality, effective, patient-centred, team-based and safe health services."
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Peggy Leatt, PhD
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