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MDM Policy & Practice

Published in Association with Society for Medical Decision Making

Editor
Alan J. Schwartz, PhD University of Illinois at Chicago, USA


eISSN: 23814683 | ISSN: 23814683

Medical Decision Making Policy & Practice (MDM P&P) is an open access journal that focuses on research that addresses current problems in health care policy and practice. The journal offers rigorous and systematic applications of decision science that are designed to improve the health and clinical care of individuals and to assist with health-policy development. MDM P&P focuses on the application of current theories, methods, and approaches from a variety of disciplines to important problems facing clinical and health policy decision makers, including patients, providers, producers, and payers.

This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

Medical Decision Making Policy & Practice (MDM P&P) offers rigorous and systematic applications of decision science that are designed to improve the health and clinical care of individuals and to assist with health-policy development. MDM P&P focuses on the application of current theories, methods, and approaches from a variety of disciplines to important problems facing clinical and health policy decision makers, including patients, providers, producers, and payers.

MDM P&P focuses on important topics such as:
• Optimal strategies for patient care and policy decision-making for specific health conditions
• Approaches to improving individual and group medical decision-making processes
• Shared decision making and patient decision support
• Decision and cost-effectiveness analyses
• Health technology assessment
• Examples of teaching decision-making

We are most interested in manuscripts that are exemplary applications of standard methods to important problems.

MDM and MDM Policy & Practice

Although Medical Decision Making publishes applied research that advances the theory and methods of decision science, MDM Policy & Practice focuses more squarely on research that addresses current problems in health care policy and practice. If you want to report the impact of a patient decision aid for lung cancer screening, the cost-effectiveness of a new heart valve, or health-state valuations for a new population, MDM P&P is for you. If you want to compare methods for conducting value-clarification exercises, better modeling of survival curves, or the impact of new utility theories on health-state valuation, consider MDM instead. Authors who are unsure which SMDM journal they should submit their work to may opt in for consideration by both journals during manuscript submission.

MDM publishes using a hybrid publication model. By default, manuscripts accepted to MDM are published online and in print and are accessible to all SMDM members, institutional subscribers, MDM subscribers, and those who opt to pay a per-article download fee. MDM also offers authors an open access option for published articles. For an article-processing charge, SAGE Choice allows authors to make their work freely available to all readers online.

MDM P&P publishes using a fully open-access model in which authors of all manuscripts accepted for publication pay an article-processing charge. All published articles are freely available to all readers online only; MDM P&P does not publish in print. Open access enables articles to receive broader and more diverse visibility and citation than is typically possible with more traditional, subscription-based publishing.

Article Categories

MDM P&P publishes original research articles, reviews, case studies, letters to the editor, and editorials. MDM P&P does not consider previously published articles for publication. Word counts are suggested lengths, rather than firm limits, but authors are encouraged to remain within them.

• Original research articles (1,500-4,500 words). Original research articles describe studies of decision making focused on clinical or policy applications.
• Reviews (3,500 words). MDM P&P considers systematic reviews as well as informal, narrative reviews addressing research questions relating to applications of medical decision making.
• Case studies (3,000-5,000 words). Case studies illustrate the application of a decision model to an actual patient or patient group, or the role of a specific decision model, cost-effectiveness analysis, or other type of mathematical model in an actual policy decision, including, for example, a clinical practice guideline or a national coverage policy decision. The ideal case study includes detailed information about the problem addressed, collaboration among modelers and decision makers in framing questions, the development and results of the model, and how the model influenced (or failed to influence) a decision.
• Letters to the Editor (1,000 words). Letters in response to articles published in MDM P&P within the last year will be considered.
• Editorials (1,500 words). The journal publishes editorials, which are considered as a result of a presubmission inquiry or invitation only.

Deputy Editor
Kenneth J. Smith, MD, MS University of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States)
Advisory Committee
Neal V. Dawson, MD Case Western Reserve University, USA
Mark Helfand, MD, MPH Oregon Health & Sciences University (Portland, Oregon, USA)
Harold C. Sox, MD, MACP Dartmouth College, USA
Associate Editors
Jessica S. Ancker, MPH, PhD Cornell University, USA
Stefano Conti, MSc, PhD Public Health England, UK
Elisabeth Fenwick, MSc, PhD ICON Plc (United Kingdom)
Jeremy D. Goldhaber-Fiebert, PhD Stanford University (Stanford, California, United States)
Richard Grieve London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (London, United Kingdom)
Peder A. Halvorsen University of Tromsø (Alta, Norway)
Olga Kostopoulou, MSc, PhD Imperial College London (London, United Kingdom)
Ivar Sønbø Kristiansen, MD, PhD, MPH University of Oslo (Oslo, Norway)
Josephine A. Mauskopf, PhD, MHA RTI International (Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, United States)
Eleanor M. Pullenayegum, PhD University of Toronto (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
Donald A. Redelmeier, MD University of Toronto (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
Louise B. Russell, PhD Rutgers University (New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA)
Marilyn M. Schapira, MD, MPH University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States)
Paul A. Scuffham Griffith University, Australia
Victoria A. Shaffer, PhD University of Missouri (Columbia, Missouri, United States)
Anushua Sinha, MD, MPH Rutgers University, USA
James E. Stahl, MD, CM, MPH Dartmouth College, USA
Ewout W. Steyerberg, MSc, PhD Erasmus University, Netherlands
Erika A. Waters, PhD, MPH Washington University in St. Louis (St. Louis, Missouri, United States)
Nicky J. Welton, PhD University of Bristol (Bristol, United Kingdom)
Feng Xie, BSc, MSc, PhD McMaster University, Canada
Brian J. Zikmund-Fisher, PhD University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States)
Editorial Board: Term Ending 2017
Alejandro Allepuz, MD, MPH Novartis Global (Spain)
Pelham M. Barton, PhD University of Birmingham (Birmingham, United Kingdom)
Jason W. Beckstead, PhD University of South Florida (Tampa, Florida, United States)
Esther W. de Bekker–Grob, PhD Erasmus University, Netherlands
Jason Nicholas Doctor, PhD University of Southern California (Los Angeles, California, United States)
James G. Dolan University of Rochester (Rochester, New York, United States)
Tom Fahey, MSc, MD, DCH, DObs, MEd, MFPH Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (Dublin, Ireland)
Negin Hajizadeh, MD, MPH New York University School of Medicine, USA
Jørgen Hilden, MD University of Copenhagen (Copenhagen, Denmark)
David W. Hutton, PhD University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States)
Helena Chmura Kraemer Stanford University (Stanford, California, United States)
Elisa F. Long, PhD University of California, Los Angeles (Los Angeles, California, United States)
Adam T. Perzynski, MA, PhD Case Western Reserve University, USA
Mary C. Politi, PhD Washington University in St. Louis (St. Louis, Missouri, United States)
Roy M. Poses, MD Brown University, USA
Beate Sander, RN, MBA, PhD, MEcDev, PhD Ontario Agency for Health Protection and Promotion (Canada)
Matthias Schwenkglenks, PhD, MPH University of Basel (Basel, Switzerland)
Jamie L. Studts, PhD University of Kentucky (Lexington, Kentucky, United States)
Patrick W. Sullivan, PhD, MA Regis University (Denver, Colorado, United States)
Ben van Calster, PhD Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Leuven, Belgium)
Joost van Rosmalen, PhD Erasmus University, Netherlands
Tracey Anne Young, PhD University of Sheffield (Sheffield, United Kingdom)
Editorial Board: Term Ending 2018
Dana L. Alden, PhD, MBA University of Hawai'i at Manoa (Honolulu, Hawai'i, United States)
Wändi Bruine de Bruin, PhD, MSc University of Leeds (Leeds, United Kingdom)
Jagpreet Chhatwal, PhD Massachusetts General Hospital (Boston, Massachusetts, United States)
Benjamin Djulbegovic, MD, ScD, MSc University of South Florida (Tampa, Florida, United States)
Darryl T. Gray, MD, ScD, FACC, FAHA Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, USA
Scott D. Grosse, PhD Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, USA
Janel Hanmer, MD, PhD University of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States)
Felicity W. K. Harper, PhD Wayne State University, USA
Yoko Ibuka, PhD Keio University, Japan
Robert L. Jayes, MD George Washington University, USA
Christopher McCabe, PhD, MSc University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada
Stephen G. Pauker, MD Tufts University (Medford, Massachusetts, USA)
Donna L. Rowen, PhD, MSc University of Sheffield (Sheffield, United Kingdom)
Steven M. Shechter, PhD University of British Columbia, Canada
Mark Strong, MBChB, MPH, PhD University of Sheffield (Sheffield, United Kingdom)
Eve Wittenberg, PhD, MPP Harvard University, USA
Editorial Board: Term Ending 2019
Lazaros Andronis, PhD University of Birmingham (Birmingham, United Kingdom)
Caroline Bascoul-Mollevi, PhD UNICANCER (France)
Cornelia Betsch, PhD University of Erfurt (Erfurt, Germany)
Kerri L. Cavanaugh, MD, MHS Vanderbilt University, USA
Su-Hsin Chang, PhD, SM Washington University in St. Louis (St. Louis, Missouri, United States)
Lauren E. Cipriano, PhD University of Western Ontario, Canada
Elamin H. Elbasha, PhD Merck & Co., Inc. (USA)
Paul K. J. Han, MD, MA, MPH Maine Medical Center (USA)
Quang A. Le, PharmD, PhD Western University of Health Sciences (Pomona, California, United States)
Nan Luo, PhD National University of Singapore, Singapore
Daniel D. Matlock, MD, MPH University of Colorado (Denver, Colorado, United States)
Daniella Meeker, PhD University of Southern California (Los Angeles, California, United States)
Wendy L. Nelson, MPH, PhD, RN National Institutes of Health, USA
Daria O'Reilly, MSc, PhD McMaster University, Canada
A. Simon Pickard, PhD University of Illinois at Chicago (Chicago, Illinois, United States)
José Luis Pinto Prades, PhD, MSc University of Navarra, Spain
Kim Rand-Hendriksen, PhD University of Oslo (Oslo, Norway)
Carolyn M. Rutter, PhD RAND Corporation (Santa Monica, California, USA)
David J. Vanness, PhD University of Wisconsin–Madison (Madison, Wisconsin, United States)
Andrew J. Vickers, PhD Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, USA
Todd H. Wagner, PhD Stanford University (Stanford, California, United States)
Jennifer A. Whitty, BPharm, Grad DipClinPharm, PhD The University of Queensland, Australia
Editorial Manager
Rebecca J. Fiala, MA University of Illinois at Chicago (Chicago, Illinois, United States)
Intern
Victoria Eickelberg University of Illinois at Chicago (Chicago, Illinois, United States)
Kimberly Hu, BS University of Illinois at Chicago (Chicago, Illinois, United States)

Authors are strongly encouraged to review the Medical Decision Making Policy & Practice website for information on manuscript requirements, manuscript submission, and the peer review process at MDM P&P.

SMDM members pay an article processing charge of $1,340, while non-members pay an article processing charge of $1,675.

Please contact the MDM Editorial Office with any questions.