Special Issue "Empowering Patients and Supporting Health Care Providers—New Avenues for High Quality Care and Safety"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Health Care Sciences & Services".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (16 July 2021).
Interests: communication in healthcare; patient empowerment; human factor in risk management; mixed-method approach
A large body of research suggests that establishing and strengthening patient–provider relationships, characterized by empathy, transparency, respect, and trust, is one of the core elements of healthcare. Promoting these relationships also implies healthcare institutions focusing on and caring for the individual persons that are part of this connection.
However, due to fragmented care and work pathways and time and staff rationing, the human aspects of clinical practice are too often ignored. Indeed, patients whose individual needs are underestimated experience a lack of respect and autonomy. Moreover, healthcare providers are mostly judged by their job performance, potentially leading to stress, compassion fatigue, and burnout.
This trend has heightened the need for a integretive approach to healthcare that empowers patients and supports the healthcare workforce.
This Special Issue aims to publish high-quality, timely research on various aspects of patient empowerment in care and risk management, as well as the impact of patient safety culture, work-related stressors, and unanticipated clinical events on healthcare providers’ wellbeing.
Original research articles applying different study designs and methodologies as well as systematic reviews and meta-analysis are highly encouraged. We also welcome well-focused, concise opinion articles that discuss controvertial issues and make for compelling reading.
Dr. Michela Rimondini
Dr. Isolde Martina Busch
Manuscript Submission Information
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- patient empowerment
- patient involvement
- patient–provider relationship
- patient safety culture
- risk management
- human factors
- second victim
- mental health
- psychological support
- healthcare providers’ wellbeing