Special Issue "Health Care from Patients' Perspective"

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: 31 December 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Andrea Glässel
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Guest Editor
Institute of Biomedical Ethics and Medical History (IBMH), University of Zurich, 8006 Zürich, Switzerland;
Institute of Health Science (IHS), School of Health Professions, Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZUAS), 8400 Winterthur, Switzerland
Interests: qualitative research; patient perspective; ICF research; interprofessional teaching; Delphi surveys
Prof. Dr. Christine Holmberg
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Guest Editor
Institute of Social Medicine and Epidemiology, Medical School Brandenburg Theodor Fontane, Hochstrasse 15, 14770 Brandenburg an der Havel, Germany
Interests: experience; mixed-method study designs; patient perspective; health services research; social health

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues, 

We are organizing a Special Issue on “Health Care from Patients’ Perspective” in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, a peer-reviewed journal that publishes articles and communications in the interdisciplinary area of environmental health sciences and public health. For detailed information on the journal, please refer to https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/journal/ijerph.

This IJERPH Special Issue on “Health Care from Patients’ Perspective” will focus on patients’ perspective as experts, on their challenges and health-care-related experiences embedded in a biopsychosocial framework. Research on experiences will build the core of this issue. They will not only provide insights into complex health care situations and ethical-related questions but also into patient-centered problems as a possible starting point for improving the health care system and/or policy. It will also include an interprofessional perspective on patients’ health care providers, relatives or significant others.  

This Special Issue offers an opportunity to publish high-quality papers on health and illness narratives to health-related topics based on qualitative research, including participatory research methodology from the whole spectrum of care, such as health promotion, prevention, chronic diseases, rehabilitation or palliative care. We also welcome high-quality systematic and scoping reviews related to these matters. We would be pleased if this Special Issue serves as a trigger for the provision of insightful data for the design of teaching relevant studies based on narratives that are implemented in study programs on health care professionals such as therapists, nurses, midwifes, medicine, and other professions.

Prof. Dr. Andrea Glässel
Prof. Dr. Christine Holmberg
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. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

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Keywords

  • patient experiences
  • illness narratives
  • chronic disease
  • health promotion
  • prevention
  • rehabilitation
  • qualitative research
  • participatory research
  • biopsychosocial perspective

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Validation and Adjustment of the Patient Experience Questionnaire (PEQ): A Regional Hospital Study in Norway
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(13), 7141; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph18137141 - 03 Jul 2021
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This paper assesses the psychometric qualities of the Patient Experience Questionnaire (PEQ), thereby validating a patient-oriented measurement model in a hospital environment, and modifies the model based on empirical results. This study employed survey data gathered by the Norwegian Institute of Public Health [...] Read more.
This paper assesses the psychometric qualities of the Patient Experience Questionnaire (PEQ), thereby validating a patient-oriented measurement model in a hospital environment, and modifies the model based on empirical results. This study employed survey data gathered by the Norwegian Institute of Public Health from adult inpatients at somatic hospitals in the Health South-East RHF in Norway. The survey engaged 4603 patients out of 8381 from five main hospitals in the region. The study found that an eight-factor model of the PEQ generally showed good fitness to the data, but assessment of discriminant validity showed that this was not the optimal factor solution among four of the eight dimensions. After comparing models, the study proposed a model with a second-order factor for four of the factors: “nurse services”, “doctor services”, “information”, and “organization”, collectively named “treatment services”. The proposed model demonstrated good validity and reliability results. The results present theoretical and practical implications. The study recommends that inferential analyses on the PEQ should be done with the second-order factor. Furthermore, a revision of the PEQ is recommended subject to more confirmatory studies with larger samples in different regions. The study indicates a second-order factor structure for assessing and understanding patient experiences—a finding which has both theoretical and managerial implications. Full article
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A Swiss Health Care Professionals’ Perspective on the Meaning of Interprofessional Collaboration in Health Care of People with MS—A Focus Group Study
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(12), 6537; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph18126537 - 17 Jun 2021
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Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic, inflammatory autoimmune disease of the central nervous system mainly of adults ranging from 20 to 45 years of age. The risk of developing MS is 50% higher in women than in men. Most people with MS (PwMS) [...] Read more.
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic, inflammatory autoimmune disease of the central nervous system mainly of adults ranging from 20 to 45 years of age. The risk of developing MS is 50% higher in women than in men. Most people with MS (PwMS) experience a spectrum of symptoms such as spasticity, continence dysfunctions, fatigue, or neurobehavioral manifestations. Due to the complexity of MS and the variety of patient-centered needs, a comprehensive approach of interprofessional collaboration (IPC) of multiple health care professionals (HCP) is necessary. The aim of this qualitative study was to explore the meaning of IPC in the comprehensive care of PwMS from a HCP perspective. Focus groups (FG) with HCP were conducted, recorded, and transcribed verbatim. The sample contained HCP from three MS clinics in different phases of care and rehabilitation. Four main categories emerged: (a) experience with IPC, (b) relevant aspects for IPC in patients’ treatment, (c) differences in in- and outpatient settings, and (d) influence of patient perspective. IPC plays a crucial role in HCP perspective when treating PwMS, which can benefit from an IPC therapeutic approach because HCP work together in a patient-centered way. The inpatient setting of HCP strongly supports the implementation of IPC. This prerequisite does not exist in outpatient settings. Full article
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