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Social and Health Care and Digital Health

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 October 2023) | Viewed by 4381

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1. Primary Healthcare Transversal Research Group, Institut d'Investigacions Biomèdiques August Pi i Sunyer (IDIBAPS), 08028 Barcelona, Spain
2. Primary Care Centre Les Corts, Consorci d'Atenció Primària de Salut Barcelona Esquerra (CAPSBE), 08028 Barcelona, Spain
Interests: primary healthcare; communication issues, nursing; nursing interventions; scale development; ethics; public health
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Primary Healthcare Transversal Research Group, Institut d’Investigacions Biomèdiques August Pi i Sunyer (IDIBAPS), 08028 Barcelona, Spain
Interests: primary healthcare; biostatistics; questionnaire validation; data visualization; multivariate analysis
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1. Head of Research, CAPSBE, 08028 Barcelona, Spain
2. Professor, Medicine Department, University of Barcelona (Spain), 08036 Barcelona, Spain
3. President of Catalan Society of Family & Community Medicine (CAMFiC), 08028 Barcelona, Spain
Interests: clinic research; primary health care; health care policy
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

We are organizing a Special Issue titled “Social and Health Care and Digital Health” in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, which publishes articles and communications in the interdisciplinary area of environmental health sciences and public health. For detailed information on the journal, we refer you to https://www.mdpi.com/journal/ijerph.

The aging population, the high prevalence of chronic diseases, and the need for health and social services are stressing social protection and healthcare systems. Epidemiological surveillance now uses data from new applications which collect registries from health and social care systems. Digital health encompasses an extensive field from the use of applications and devices to the most complex surveillance systems. This Special Issue aims to address diverse topics that require new scientific contributions such as healthcare methods and digital devices use in social and health care, influence of the use of the internet/social networks, specific interventions in health and social care using digital health to change clinical and social status, digital applications for public health, or patient empowerment and participatory care through digital technologies.

Dr. Luis González de Paz
Dr. Belchin Kostov
Prof. Dr. Antoni Sisó-Almirall
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Keywords

  • telemedicine
  • public health informatics
  • social care
  • mobile applications
  • consumer health information
  • internet
  • patient-generated health data

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mHealth Technology as a Help Tool during Breast Cancer Treatment: A Content Focus Group
by Angeles Fuentes, Clara Amat, Raimundo Lozano-Rubí, Santiago Frid, Montserrat Muñoz, Joan Escarrabill and Imma Grau-Corral
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2023, 20(5), 4584; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph20054584 - 04 Mar 2023
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Purpose: To assess the usability and preferences of the contents of mHealth software developed for breast cancer patients as a tool to obtain patient-reported outcomes (PROMs), improve the patient’s knowledge about the disease and its side effects, increase adherence to treatment, and facilitate [...] Read more.
Purpose: To assess the usability and preferences of the contents of mHealth software developed for breast cancer patients as a tool to obtain patient-reported outcomes (PROMs), improve the patient’s knowledge about the disease and its side effects, increase adherence to treatment, and facilitate communication with the doctor. Intervention: an mHealth tool called the Xemio app provides side effect tracking, social calendars, and a personalized and trusted disease information platform to deliver evidence-based advice and education for breast cancer patients. Method: A qualitative research study using semi-structured focus groups was conducted and evaluated. This involved a group interview and a cognitive walking test using Android devices, with the participation of breast cancer survivors. Results: The ability to track side effects and the availability of reliable content were the main benefits of using the application. The ease of use and the method of interaction were the primary concerns; however, all participants agreed that the application would be beneficial to users. Finally, participants expressed their expectations of being informed by their healthcare providers about the launch of the Xemio app. Conclusion: Participants perceived the need for reliable health information and its benefits through an mHealth app. Therefore, applications for breast cancer patients must be designed with accessibility as a key consideration. Full article
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Digital Inclusion, Cultural Capital, and Health Status of Urban and Rural Residents: An Empirical Study Based on 2017 CGSS Database
by Zhenyu Sun, Wei Sun, Hongliang Gao, Ruobing Fa, Shaofan Chen and Dongfu Qian
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2023, 20(5), 4022; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph20054022 - 23 Feb 2023
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China is committed to using digital technology to drive urban–rural integration in health care. This study aims to explore the effect of digital inclusion on health status with the mediating role of cultural capital and the digital health disparities between urban and rural [...] Read more.
China is committed to using digital technology to drive urban–rural integration in health care. This study aims to explore the effect of digital inclusion on health status with the mediating role of cultural capital and the digital health disparities between urban and rural residents in China. Using data from the 2017 Chinese General Social Survey (CGSS), the present study adopted an ordinary least squares (OLS) robust standard error regression model to investigate the impact of digital inclusion on health status. In addition, causal step regression (CSR) and bootstrapping methods were combined to test the mediating effect of cultural capital. The results showed that, first, digital inclusion was related to positive and significant effects on resident health status. Second, cultural capital played a mediating role in the relationship between digital inclusion and health status. Third, urban residents gained more health benefits from digital inclusion than rural residents. Additionally, common method variance (CMV) tests, endogenous tests, and a propensity score matching (PSM) analysis showed that the above conclusions remained robust. The government should therefore focus not only on promoting the population’s health by utilizing digital inclusion but also on accelerating digital health equity between urban and rural areas by developing such strategies as a digital infrastructure expansion schedule and digital literacy education and training programs. Full article
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