Special Issue "Improving Health Management and Well-Being for Young and Older Adults with eHealth and mHealth"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Health Communication and Informatics".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2022.
Interests: mental health applications; quality of life, HCI; usability; ergonomics; user experience; acceptability
Interests: mental health applications; eHealth, chronic pain; emotional disorders
We are organizing a Special Issue featuring original research and systematic reviews investigating the use of eHealth and mHealth systems to improve the health management and well-being in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. IJERPH is a peer-reviewed scientific journal that publishes different types of papers, including articles, reviews, and communications in the interdisciplinary area of environmental health sciences and public health. For detailed information on the journal, we refer you to: https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/journal/ijerph.
How can ICTs help us to improve eHealth and mHealth? Information and communication technologies are shaping the way health and mental health are managed. The aim of this Special Issue is to publish studies concerning efficacy, (cost-)effectiveness, acceptability, usability or user experience issues of systems aimed to improve the quality of life, mental health or eHealth management in young and older adults.
Special attention will be given to innovative submissions using ICTs to improve the currently health management model. Other manuscript types of interest include systematic reviews, relevant position papers, and brief reports.
Dr. Diana Castilla
Dr. Carlos Suso-Ribera
Prof. Dr. Sabrina Cipolletta
Manuscript Submission Information
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- quality of life
- eHealth management
- emotional disorders
- pain management
- web-based intervention: promotion, prevention, and treatment
- mental health applications
- user experience
The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.
Title: Effectiveness of a Web-based Intervention on Parental Psychological Flexibility and Emotion Regulation: a pilot study.
Authors: Juan M. Flujas-Contreras; Azucena García-Palacios; Inmaculada Gómez
Affiliation: Department of Psychology University of Almeria, Spain
Abstract: Parenting Forest is a contextual therapy informed parenting program that aims to improve parents’ emotion regulation strategies and psychological flexibility. The aim of this study is to evaluate the preliminary effectiveness of a self-guided web-based intervention of the Parenting Forest program. The intervention program consists of 6 self-applied sequential modules that use strategies from contextual therapies with the aim of providing a parenting style open to experience, mindful and committed to its actions. A pilot controlled trial was conducted. Eligible parents (N=12) were enrolled in the web-based intervention. Parents completed baseline (T1) and post-intervention (T2) assessment. Instruments of parental psychological flexibility, avoidance, emotional regulation, parental stress, satisfaction with life, children psychological adjustment and client’s satisfaction instruments were used to assess the effects of intervention. Mood, coping and values-related actions were assessed as process measure. The results showed positive effects in the parents’ psychological flexibility, emotion regulation and parental stress. Parents improved in their mood and coping skills throughout the intervention program. These results provide preliminary evidence of the Parenting Forest’s efficacy, although further research is needed to assess its effectiveness both in preventive intervention and in clinical population.
Title: Enhancing therapeutic components in the treatment of gambling disorder using location-based technologies: A case series study.
Authors: Laura Díaz-Sanahuja; Ignacio Miralles; Carlos Granell; Adriana Mira; Alberto González-Pérez; Sven Casteleyn; Azucena García-Palacios; Juana Bretón-López
Affiliation: Universitat Jaume I
Abstract: Gambling Disorder (GD) is a non-substance-related disorder leading to clinically significant impairment in important areas of life and represents an emergent public health problem with prevalence ranging up to 5%. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is the treatment of choice, whereby stimulus control (SC) and exposure with response prevention (ERP) are the two core components. In spite of the efficacy, SC and ERP are not easy components to deliver and they are hard for patients. There are inherent difficulties, related to the commitment for those people who suffer GD, and high attrition rates and relapses are generally present. It is thus important to strengthen these key therapeutic components and maximize their motivational features, as well as to explore new ways to enhance the patient’s compliance with SC and ERP. In this respect, the use of smartphones is a very useful option to explore in order to initiate and sustain these key components. The main purpose of this case series study is to describe the use of smartphones and location-based technologies (using the Symptoms platform) in SC and ERP during the treatment of two patients diagnosed with GD, while assessing the acceptability and usability of the platform by the patients. The patients reported positive expectations and an overall satisfactory experience. This work contributes to improving the intervention by providing tools during the treatment’s crucial components and by offering a starting point that opens up new avenues for psychological interventions through the use of smartphone devices with location-based technology.