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Research on Caring and Care Pathways for Chronic Illnesses

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: closed (23 December 2023) | Viewed by 247

Special Issue Editors

1. Department of Healthcare Professions, Foundation University Hospital Campus Bio-Medico, Via Alvaro del Portillo 200, 00128 Rome, Italy
2. UniCamilllus, International University of Health Sciences, Via di Sant’Alessandro 8, 00131 Rome, Italy
Interests: chronic care; COPD; dyadic analysis; leadership and management; organizational well-being; workload; transcultural care; student well-being and academic outcomes
Department of Biomedicine and Prevention, University of Rome Tor Vergata, Via Montpellier 1, 00133 Rome, Italy
Interests: self-care; multiple chronic conditions; caregiving; psychometric testing; dyads; transcultural care; workload; academic failure

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues, 

Chronic illnesses are increasing and represent a major threat to global health. In response to the growing number of individuals with chronic disease, the World Health Organization has promoted different strategies to improve population health and sustain healthcare systems worldwide (World Health Organization, 2018). Nevertheless, healthcare systems need to be better prepared to respond to the care demands of people affected by chronic illnesses.

Identification and awareness of appropriate care pathways for individuals with chronic disease may guide clinicians in implementing efficacious care processes and improving care outcomes and quality of care. Additionally, a collection of research on this topic can enable the further development of theories and instruments and sustain academic education in this area.

This Special Issue of the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (IJERPH) intends to collect available research on chronic illnesses, present the current state of knowledge and promote the dissemination of successful care pathways.

We look for papers advancing insights into innovation, issues and challenges related to chronic care pathways and public health, including pediatric and older adult individuals. We welcome papers that bring together international scholars from different disciplines in the caring sciences, research and academics, and forward reflections from different theoretical and methodological perspectives, to advance knowledge and practice in chronic care pathways. Original research articles, literature reviews, methodological papers, study protocols, case reports, position papers and brief reports are welcomed.

We hope this Special Issue will include points of view from different professions and embrace a diverse range of research.

Dr. Dhurata Ivziku
Dr. Maddalena De Maria
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All submissions that pass pre-check are peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

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 monthly 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 2500 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.


  • chronic illness
  • self-care
  • caregiving
  • intervention
  • assessment
  • health promotion
  • community and transitional care
  • care pathways
  • management
  • education

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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