Call for papers

Frugal innovations in healthcare

The most impactful innovations in healthcare are not always the latest high-tech or expensive devices. Often it’s low-resource functional innovations that make the biggest improvement to patient outcomes globally.

To help showcase this important work BMJ Innovations is planning a special issue in October 2021 focused on frugal innovations in healthcare. While these innovations typically evolve in low-resource settings we’ll also be looking at the adoption of frugal innovations through reverse innovation that allow health systems in high-income countries to do more for less.

Successful past examples of note include the use of mosquito netting for mesh hernia repair, the Ponseti treatment for congenital club foot and Kangaroo care for newborn infants.

We are accepting articles across the following article types –

  • Original research
  • Early-stage innovation reports
  • Systematic and narrative reviews

You can find out more about the submission criteria for these article types here. Articles should be submitted through our submission system. Please select ‘Frugal innovations’ under the drop down selection ‘Special Issue Name’ as part of Step 1 of the submission process.

The closing date for submissions is Monday 16th August.

We are also commissioning a small number of discussion papers and editorials. For these, we would invite interested parties to submit a pre-submission enquiry to info.innovations@bmj.com