Special Issue "Chronic Disease: Prevention, Intervention, Treatment and Care"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Kyoung Suk Lee
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Guest Editor
College of Nursing, Seoul National University, Seoul 03080, Korea
Interests: self-care; cardiovascular disease; health outcomes
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Globally, the number of individuals with chronic conditions is growing. Chronic diseases have negatively affected many health outcomes, including patient-reported outcomes and healthcare costs.  One strategy for improving the outcomes of patients with chronic conditions is enhancing their self-care. However, performing adequate self-care is challenging to individuals with chronic diseases because self‐care involves day‐to‐day decision-making related to chronic condition management by an individual with and without help from their caregiver(s). Many investigators have found barriers to and facilitators of self-care in a variety of chronic conditions, yet focused on an index condition. However, these findings might not reflect the reality of patients with chronic illnesses because a majority of patients experience more than one chronic condition. With the presence of multi-morbid conditions, the decision-making process related to self-care can be more complex, and the simultaneous demands from multiple medical conditions can be overwhelming to patients.  Therefore, we need to understand the complexity of the self-care process in patients with multiple conditions and develop interventions considering this complexity. This Special Issue of the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (IJERPH) invites papers addressing these topics, including those with new approaches to developing interventions that target the enhancement of self-care in patients with multiple comorbidities.


Dr. Kyoung Suk Lee
Guest Editor

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.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2300 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.


  • care
  • chronic disease
  • multi-morbidity
  • facilitators and barriers
  • intervention
  • cardiovascular disease
  • health outcomes.

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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