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Columbia Medical Review is a peer-reviewed journal focused on social issues in health and medicine - cultural practices, attitudes and behaviors, and healthcare policies. Its mission is to promote scholarly research on such issues and to allow thought-leaders to develop action-oriented agendas that can be brought into clinical practice.

In the world of publishing today, academic journals are flourishing in more and more specified fields. At the same time, the “echo-chamber” effect of the internet allows fringe perspectives to multiply without appropriate peer review while simultaneously allowing important findings to be drowned out by ambient noise. The healthcare systems of the future, however, must be defined in terms of complex systems and team-based care. The success of these systems will require innovative thinking and bold leadership. This, we believe, necessitates open and rigorous dialogue amongst members of care teams and between providers and organization administrators.