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Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the International Journal of Medical Engineering and Informatics: Health Informatics for Ageing and Independent Living
09/30/2014
International Journal of Medical Engineering and Informatics

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the International Journal of Medical Engineering and Informatics: Health Informatics for Ageing and Independent Living

Guest Editors:

Dr. Hissam Tawfik and Dr. Davide Bruno, Liverpool Hope University, UK

Owing to the increasing ageing population of the world, including the developing world, renewed research efforts have focused on exploring innovative service models and technologies aimed at ensuring an active and independent participation in social life, and personalised health, especially for the elderly.

This special issue will focus on recent developments in the field of health informatics and assistive technologies for supporting independent living, particularly for, but not limited to, the ageing population. A key goal is to exploit technological enhancements to help facilitate the creation of better user experiences and to increase support for active and independent living.

Subject Coverage

Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

Emerging m-health and p-health trends and technologies to support independent living

User requirement studies focusing on the understanding of the target user's needs for improved e-health solutions design

Social and cultural factors influencing user acceptance of e-heath for the elderly and other target populations such as people with mobility difficulties

Applications of virtual reality and data mining for ageing and independent living

Technology adoption for ICT for independent living

Public involvement in assistive technologies for ageing and independent living

Practitioners' perception of current and emerging health informatics solutions

Case study scenarios and user acceptance studies

Notes for Prospective Authors

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. (N.B. Conference papers may only be submitted if the paper was not originally copyrighted and if it has been completely re-written)

All papers are refereed through a double blind process.

All papers must be submitted online.

Important Dates

Deadline for submission: 30 September, 2014

First reviews due: 30 November, 2014

Revised manuscripts due: 1 February, 2015

Final decision: 28 February, 2015

Biomedical Engineer, Computer Scientist, Gerontologist, Health Services Researcher, Informatician, Information Scientist, Technologist
Call for Manuscripts for a Special Issue of Health Psychology: eHealth and mHealth: Methodology, Assessment, Treatment, and Dissemination Studies
01/15/2015
Health Psychology

Call for Manuscripts for a Special Issue of Health Psychology: eHealth and mHealth: Methodology, Assessment, Treatment, and Dissemination Studies

The near ubiquity of the Internet and mobile phones, including the widespread use of apps and social media across all age and ethnic groups, presents an unprecedented opportunity to assess and treat health behaviors throughout large segments of the population. There is a substantial proliferation, however, of technology interventions that are not evidenced based. In recognition of the rapidly evolving areas of the assessment and treatment of health behaviors using technology, and the increasing need for evidenced based treatments that can be integrated into people’s everyday lives, Health Psychology is calling for manuscripts that focus on methods, assessment and outcome studies in the domains of eHealth and mHealth.

“eHealth” generally refers to the use of information technology, such as the Internet, digital gaming, virtual reality, and robotics, in the promotion, prevention, treatment, and maintenance of health care. ‘mHealth’ refers to mobile and wireless applications including text messaging, apps, wearable devices, remote sensing, and the use of social media such as Facebook and Twitter. The benefits of eHealth and mHealth interventions include availability and accessibility (use anywhere, anytime), cost-effective delivery, scalability, utilization of personalization and tailoring, provisioning of real-time strategies to users in their everyday settings, and ability to calibrate intervention intensity to user’s needs.

Submissions to this call should emphasize health behaviors and health psychology. Studies employing a variety of methodologies including epidemiological approaches, population and community-cohort designs, controlled trials, systematic reviews, and meta-analyses will be considered. Empirical papers are preferred although theoretical and review papers will also be considered if they make a unique contribution to the area. Potential topics of interest include, but are not limited to: (1) feasibility, efficacy, and effectiveness studies of eHealth and mHealth interventions; (2) evaluation of technologies, particularly as it relates to user adherence, behavior change, and symptom improvement; (3) use of information and communication technology within the areas of assessment and measurement; and (4) theory and models within eHealth and mHealth research.

We encourage manuscripts from junior investigators, investigators from underrepresented groups, and from senior, established researchers and working groups. Editors for the special issue will be Belinda Borrelli, PhD (Belinda_Borrelli@Brown.edu) and Lee Ritterband, PhD (LEER@virginia.edu). The deadline for submitting complete manuscripts is January 15, 2015. Publication of the special issue will be slated for the Fall of 2015.

Papers must be prepared in full accord with the Health Psychology Instructions to Authors and submitted through the Journal portal. Both brief reports and full length manuscripts will be considered. All submissions will be peer reviewed. Some papers not included in this issue may be accepted for publication in Health Psychology as regular articles. Please indicate in the cover letter accompanying your manuscript that you would like to have the paper considered for the Special Issue on mHealth and eHealth.

Behavioral Scientist, Established Investigator, Health Services Researcher, Junior Investigator, Junior Researcher, Junior Scientist, Psychologist, Senior Investigator, Senior Researcher

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