Special Issue "Digital Health and Point of Care: Contributions to the ‘New Normal’ of Healthcare Provision"

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Digital Health".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Carey Mather
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School of Nursing, College of Health and Medicine, Newnham Campus, University of Tasmania, Launceston 7250, Australia
Interests: evaluation; digital professionalism; health literacy; higher education; human computer interaction; nursing; mobile learning; mobile technology; nursing informatics; participatory health; primary health; social media
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Dr. Kathleen Tori
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School of Nursing, College of Health and Medicine, Newnham campus, University of Tasmania, Launceston 7250, Australia
Interests: advanced practice nursing; higher education; impact evaluation; multidisciplinary; nurse practitioners; nurse led models of care; policy; professionalism; rural and remote nursing; research translation; sustainability
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

As 2020, the WHO-declared Year and of the Nurse and Midwife, concludes, this Special Issue will focus on digital health and the progress of the connection of points of care by all stakeholders within healthcare administration, clinical, education or research environments. Studies that explore the nexus of nursing, other disciplines, health professions, and consumers to promote person-centered care, health and wellbeing are encouraged. Celebration of innovations, solutions, and services that enhance the role and function of healthcare professionals within the multidisciplinary digital team can be showcased. Improvements to models of care and new ways of working or harnessing digital technology to overcome healthcare or service delivery challenges are also welcome. While the Year of the Nurse and Midwife took an unexpected path to meet the demand of the COVID-19 pandemic, there are still lessons learned and achievements to be shared. This Special Issue seeks original articles that inform or can influence how digital health provision at the point of care can be enhanced to deliver high-quality and safe care and lead health professionals into the next decade.

Dr. Carey Mather
Dr. Kathleen Tori
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Keywords

  • COVID-19
  • digital health
  • point of care
  • technology
  • administration
  • education
  • clinical research
  • team
  • safety

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Implementing Digital Trainings within Medical Rehabilitations: Improvement of Mental Health and Synergetic Outcomes with Healthcare Service
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(17), 8936; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph18178936 - 25 Aug 2021
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The need for new technologies in healthcare services has been stressed. However, little is known about the effectiveness of digital interventions integrated in psychosomatic rehabilitation processes. Data from 724 patients from psychosomatic rehabilitation clinics were analyzed with regard to the effectiveness of digital [...] Read more.
The need for new technologies in healthcare services has been stressed. However, little is known about the effectiveness of digital interventions integrated in psychosomatic rehabilitation processes. Data from 724 patients from psychosomatic rehabilitation clinics were analyzed with regard to the effectiveness of digital trainings indicated by a change in symptoms related to depression, anxiety, stress, and loneliness from pre– to post–rehabilitation. Rehabilitation satisfaction was examined in association with reaching rehabilitation goals and satisfaction with communication. A mixed repeated measures analyses of covariance, analyses of covariance, and hierarchical stepwise regression analyses were performed. Results indicated a superior effectiveness for the intervention group receiving all offered digital treatments in addition to the regular face-to-face rehabilitation program with regard to symptoms of depression (F (2674) = 3.93, p < 0.05, ηp2 = 0.01), anxiety (F (2678) = 3.68, p < 0.05, ηp2 = 0.01) post-rehabilitation, with large effect sizes for both depression (d = 1.28) and anxiety (d = 1.08). In addition, rehabilitation satisfaction was positively associated with reaching rehabilitation goals and perceived communication with healthcare workers. Digital interventions appeared effective in supporting mental health of psychosomatic rehabilitation patients’ post-rehabilitation. These findings support the inclusion of multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary digital and face-to-face treatment programs and call for more implementations of new technologies in a context of complexity to improve health and healthcare service. Full article
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