We regret to inform you that PACEsetterS will cease to be published after this issue. PACEsetterS was first published by the Joanna Briggs Institute in 2004 to complement the JBI-PACES resource. With a focus on evidence utilization, this publication has been a unique opportunity for the Institute to engage with the international community and JBI members in particular around their experiences of getting evidence into practice at the point of care.
PACEsetterS moved to Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins (LWW) in 2011 and we have enjoyed a productive partnership with them. I would personally like to thank the staff at LWW who helped to re-establish it as a peer-reviewed journal and who contributed to its publication over the last two years. They have been a delightful and creative team to work with. After eight years we would also like to thank all of those individuals who have contributed to its success as authors, reviewers, and interviewees.
Please note that the information related specifically to the activities of the Institute contained in this publication will continue to be communicated to members and other interested parties in different formats.
In this last issue we will spend time looking at evidence for Africa. This has been a recurring theme in PACEsetterS over the years and one that we feel very passionately about. The startling truth is that wherever you are in the world, the need for good quality information upon which to base decisions is fundamentally the same. Where unmet health needs are highest and poor outcomes promulgate, the priority for the provision of good information should be a priority. To understand what works best in a given context seems such an obvious and easy solution and yet the generation of a meaningful evidence base for Africa delivered via appropriate technology still seems a distant hope.
That said, there are many across the world not only working toward the creation of an evidence base, but also implementing high quality evidence in these low resource countries. It is these inspiring, conscientious, and determined individuals and groups whom we speak to in this last issue of PACEsetterS.
I have been proud to work on this publication over the years. It has provided me with a unique opportunity to interact with a diverse and inspiring range of people, both researchers and clinicians, working toward improved health outcomes across the world. I hope you have enjoyed reading PACEsetterS and thank you for your support.