Special Issue "Artificial Intelligence for Participatory Health"

A special issue of Computers (ISSN 2073-431X).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 April 2021).

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Kerstin Denecke
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Guest Editor
Bern University of Applied Sciences, Bern, Switzerland
Interests: participatory health; textmining; artificial intelligence; health informatics
Dr. Elia Gabarron
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Guest Editor
Norwegian Centre for E-health Research, University Hospital of North Norway, Tromso, Norway
Interests: E-health; social media; health psychology; health promotion
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Artificial intelligence (AI) provides people and professionals working in the field of participatory health informatics with an opportunity to derive robust insights from a variety of online sources.

There is an increasing interest in the field of AI in participatory health. Common applications include the secondary analysis of social media data: self-reported data including patient experiences with healthcare facilities, reports of adverse drug reactions, safety and efficacy concerns about over-the-counter medications, and other perspectives on medications. Other application areas include determining which online forum threads require moderator assistance, identifying users who are likely to drop out from a forum, extracting terms used in an online forum to learn its vocabulary, highlighting contextual information that is missing from online questions and answers, and paraphrasing technical medical terms for consumers.

With this Special Issue, we want to encourage researchers to submit their papers on applications of AI in the context of participatory healthcare. Contributions can include, but are not limited to, topics such as AI-related technologies to empower health consumers, technological advances in AI (e.g., prediction of diseases, outcomes etc., AI-based chatbots), and evaluating AI-based applications for participatory healthcare.

Prof. Dr. Kerstin Denecke
Dr. Elia Gabarron
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Computers is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1400 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • Artificial intelligence
  • Participatory health
  • Social media
  • Wearables
  • Mobile health
  • Evaluation
  • Patient empowerment
  • Shared decision-making

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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