The editorial staff of the Southern Medical Journal is pleased to present this special issue on quality care and patient safety to the readership of the Journal. During the past decade, important issues in clinical medicine have received renewed emphasis in American health care, including evidence-based medicine, quality-of-life issues, patient safety and preventive safety nets, defining and assessing the quality of health care, patient satisfaction reporting, clinical competency and outcomes, shared decision making, and many others. Although these are not issues new to health care, the linking of these issues to reimbursement, physician ratings, and possibly professional credentialing is indeed unique.

In this issue you will find a mix of new research and perspectives pertaining to the interconnected relationship of patient safety and healthcare quality. To view the issue’s Table of Contents, please visit:

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