Yale Journal of Health Policy, Law, and Ethics

A biannual production of the Yale Law School, Yale School of Medicine, Yale School of Public Health, and the Yale School of Nursing

The Yale Journal of Health Policy, Law, and Ethics is a biannual publication of the Yale Schools of Law, Medicine, Epidemiology and Public Health, and Nursing. The Journal strives to provide a forum for interdisciplinary discussion on topics in health policy, health law, and biomedical ethics. It targets a broad and diverse readership of academicians, professionals, and students in medicine, law, and public health, as well as policy makers and legislators in health care.

Submissions to the Journal are peer-reviewed by our distinguished Advisory Board consisting of nationally recognized experts in a variety of health-related disciplines. More than 50 student members from Yale's graduate and professional schools edit the Journal and oversee its production.

The breadth of scope and format of the Journal is indicative of its interdisciplinary intent. Each issue contains some or all of the following sections:

  • Articles: 2-4 articles
  • Commentaries: 1-2 shorter length discussions of developments in the field or policy proposals
  • Book Reviews: 1-2 reviews of recent books published in the field
  • Case Studies: Interdisciplinary debates between several authors on a given topic or case
  • Student Notes Up to 2 pieces of student scholarship

In Volume IX, Issue 1, the editorial staff of the Yale Journal of Health Policy, Law, and Ethics conducted a national survey of medical error reporting laws. This comprehensive study reveals that since the Institute of Medicine's landmark report, To Err is Human, numerous states have reformed their health care systems to better monitor patient safety. Statewide collection of medical error data could have far-reaching effects; this survey provides an up-to-date look at the systems currently in use, with the hope that this comparison will aid all those working towards improvements in patient safety. This feature report is available for free here.

The inaugural issue of the Yale Journal of Health Policy, Law, and Ethics was based on a symposium that was held at the Yale Law School on February 9th and 10th, 2001.

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