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Infectious Diseases in Clinical Practice:
doi: 10.1097/IPC.0000000000000173
Editorial Comment

Transitioning the Content of Infectious Diseases in Clinical Practice

File, Thomas M. MD, MSc, MACP, FIDSA, FCCP

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From the Division of Infectious Disease, Summa Health System, Akron; and Internal Medicine; and Infectious Disease Section, Northeast Ohio Medical University, Rootstown, OH.

Correspondence to: Thomas M. File, Jr, MD, MSc, MACP, FIDSA, FCCP, 75 Arch St Suite 506 (Main Office; Suite 105 for Research), Akron, OH 44304. E-mail: filet@summahealth.org.

As our readers are aware, the primary purpose and objective of Infectious Diseases in Clinical Practice is to provide clinically pertinent, scientifically based articles which are of value to the Infectious Disease practitioner and to other clinicians who care for patients with infectious diseases. In the past, a large section of the journal has been devoted to case reports, which provide an engaging approach to illustrate concise descriptions, which primarily focus on unique manifestations or new observations of a clinical subject matter. This format is an educational way to increase awareness of various important topics. However, over the past few issues and continuing in the future as we are receiving more high-quality original and review manuscripts, we are transitioning to increase the sections devoted to original and review articles.

We presently have a large backlog of high-quality accepted case reports, and in order to have these published in a timelier manner, we are providing in this issue all case reports that have been accepted to date. The abstracts of each of these reports are printed in this issue; full reports are included online and in the application versions of the journal. These reports provide significant new observations or information concerning clinical infectious diseases. The various cases focus on antimicrobial resistance issues, infections of unusual organisms, unusual manifestations of more common pathogens, and unique aspects of various clinical syndromes. We believe these case reports will be of great interest to our readers.

We plan to continue to offer for prospective authors and subsequent readers the opportunity to submit interesting and illustrative case reports and anticipate publishing several with each issue, so I still encourage submission for such cases. However, our readers will notice a substantial increase in original papers and review articles in the future. With these changes, our mission remains to efficiently provide to the busy practitioner scientifically based articles that enhance the knowledge of the reader and results in better understanding of optimal management and prevention of infectious diseases. This journal’s ability to translate and select clinical problems and topics that are relevant to the practicing clinician make it a unique resource.

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