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Social Medicine and Healthcare Management

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".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2025 | Viewed by 2032

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Department of Diagnostics and Public Health, University of Verona, 37134 Verona, Italy
Interests: public health; social epidemiology; population-based healthcare; patient safety; healthcare management

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Dear Colleagues, 

It is with great pleasure that we present this Special Issue of the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, dedicated to social medicine and healthcare management. 

Since John Ryle established the first Institute of Social Medicine at Oxford University in 1943, the awareness of social medicine’s role in providing individuals with opportunities to determine their health status has grown ever stronger, and the advantages of social medicine in driving changes to healthcare systems have become increasingly clear. In the historical context we are experiencing, in which the difference in the social determinants (economic, nutritional, occupational, educational and psychological) between different individuals and different communities are progressively accentuated, it is more crucial than ever to recognise their importance and, above all, translate the evidence into the best changes in healthcare management. 

With this Special Issue, we would like to collect meaningful contributions which investigate social, genetic and environmental factors that influence human diseases and disabilities and explore which models of healthcare management are most effective in protecting the health of individuals and communities. We strongly encourage the submission of papers from middle- and low-income countries to give visibility to experiences from emerging areas and to increase the diversity of the contributions as much as possible. 

Possible themes of articles include: the integration of social and medical approaches to diseases; healthcare among communities; training about disease prevention; healthcare management from the community standpoint; bridging the gap between community and healthcare system; limits on access to healthcare; social justice in medicine; the impact of local health decisions on local health conditions; social medicine infrastructures; the relationship of the person with her/his environment. 

We look forward to receiving your contributions, both qualitative and quantitative, regarding emerging issues in social medicine and healthcare management. 

Dr. Ilaria Tocco Tussardi
Guest Editor

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  • disease burden
  • disability burden
  • disease impact
  • economic conditions
  • environmental influence
  • genetic factors
  • health response
  • healthcare organization and management
  • prevention of diseases
  • social conditions

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Public Mixed Funding for Residential Aged Care Facilities Residents’ Needs in the Asia–Pacific Region: A Scoping Review
by David Lim, Ashley Grady and Karen P. Y. Liu
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2023, 20(21), 7007; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph20217007 - 1 Nov 2023
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Due to population aging and sociodemographic change, there is an increasing reliance on residential aged care facilities in the Asia–Pacific region. Most countries have adopted taxation as the primary means to levy capital for funding universal health services and means-testing of benefits may [...] Read more.
Due to population aging and sociodemographic change, there is an increasing reliance on residential aged care facilities in the Asia–Pacific region. Most countries have adopted taxation as the primary means to levy capital for funding universal health services and means-testing of benefits may be further incorporated as a policy balance between horizontal equity and fiscal sustainability. It was hypothesized that residential care needs are evaluated by assessments relating to funding; this scoping review seeks to synthesize how such assessments relate to the care needs of residents. Searches were conducted in concordance with a priori protocol for English-language literature published since 2008 in Embase, CINAHL, PubMed, Scopus, JBI, TROVE, and four peak international organizations for studies and reports that describe the assessment of residents’ needs in Asia–Pacific countries that used a mixture of taxation and means-testing to publicly fund residential aged care. One paper and 47 reports were included. Australia, New Zealand, and Singapore utilize a taxation and means-tested user charge approach to fund residential aged care needs. The common care needs assessed include health conditions, daily activities, cognition, psychiatric, and behavioral needs. While essential care needs are publicly funded, other holistic care needs, such as spirituality and autonomy-based needs, still need to be covered for meaningful occupation by the residents. Full article
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