CFS: Complex Health Care

Contemporary Nurse special issue: Advances in Complex Health Care: Nursing Interventions

Deadline for Papers: 30th June 2011

Guest editor: Wai-Tong Chien PhD (KCL), MPhil, PGDip (Nurs Ed), RMN, RTN, Professor & Convener of Mental Health Research Group, School of Nursing, Faculty of Health and Social Sciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong SAR, China

Co-editors: Sally Chan PhD, MSc, RMN, RTN, Professor and Head, National University of Singapore, Alice Lee Centre for Nursing Studies, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, Singapore, David R Thompson PhD, MBA, MA, BSc, RN, FRCN, FAAN, FESC, Professor, Cardiovascular Research Centre, Australian Catholic University Melbourne, Australia, Richard Gray PhD, MSc, BSc(Hons), Dip HE, RN, DLSHTM, Professor of Research and Director of Research Degree Programmes, Faculty of Health, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK, Yip Mei-Po PhD, MPhil, RN, RTN, Research Scientist, Asian Health Promotion Program, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA

The main theme of this special issue is a collection of research articles or papers on the evaluations of a wide variety of complex educational and supportive, psychosocial interventions for people with physical or mental health problems/needs such as those with heart failure, schizophrenia, depression, and cancers, as well as for their family caregivers. The papers will also report the findings of and discuss the effective strategies in evaluation of complex health care interventions, which have been conducted by mainly nurse researchers, and/or other health care professionals. Complex interventions, consisting of multiple behavioural, technological, and organizational components, are common and important features of health care practice and research. However, they pose special evaluation problems because their components may act independently or interdependently, and it is often difficult to tease out the relationships between them. This has led to well documented difficulties in evaluating such interventions. Discussion papers and literature or systematic reviews on recent effective strategies in complex health care interventions and major considerations for their implementation and evaluation will also be included. Therefore, the book will provide high level of scientific evidence on the care of diverse client populations and be useful reference materials to wide range of nursing and health care professionals. Most of the articles expected to be the research reports with experimental design or randomized controlled trials for outcome evaluation of innovative psychosocial interventions; and one or two of them will be the case controlled or process-focused evaluation research. Another major section in the special issue will consist of two or three literature or systematic reviews on important complex health care interventions recently used and across cultures.

Deadline for submissions: 30 June 2011. Authors are invited to submit abstracts to the guest editor in advance of their full paper:

Contemporary Nurse uses a web-based peer review system (OJS). Manuscripts prepared according to Contemporary Nurse Author Guidelines should be submitted following the steps outlined at:

CFS: Family Mediation

Journal of Family Studies special issue: Mediating Family Disputes

Deadline for Papers: 15th July 2011

‘Family mediation’ has many names and many definitions. Different family mediation processes tend to reflect different national, cultural and professional assumptions and starting points. Thus some family mediators seek to address ‘frozen’ and unproductive narratives; some are guided primarily by legally established norms; some strive to be as ‘content free’ as possible; and some see the process as therapeutic, even transformative in its aims. Mediation services for families continue to attract much criticism and much enthusiasm. Debate continues around issues such as: the extent to which procedures should be mandatory, the risks associated with the relatively private nature of the process, the qualifications needed by mediators, the range of issues that are ‘mediatable’, the measurement of success, and the place of children in the process. In Australia, the introduction of a default position of mandatory family dispute resolution (FDR) as part of the 2006 family law reforms, and more recent announcements of Government’s intention to expand mandatory FDR into the area of financial disputes, heightens the need for ongoing rigorous analysis of and discussion about these processes.

Journal of Family Studies will publish a special issue in this area and is seeking papers from inside and outside Australia that have a sound empirical base or contain a rigorous analysis of one or more of the key issues raised by family mediation generally and mandatory family mediation in particular. It is anticipated that one or two practice-oriented pieces will also be accepted. For information contact the assistant editor, Liz Morrison: . Papers should be prepared according to the journal’s Author Guidelines .

Inside Higher Ed: 3 Biomedical Powers Announce Plan for Open Access Journal

Reported today in Inside Higher Ed:

Two major funders of biomedical research and Germany’s leading scholarly society said Monday that they would create what they described as a top-quality open-access journal — though many of the details of the new venture have yet to be nailed down. Officials from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Britain’s Wellcome Trust and the Max Planck Society said that their plan had grown from discussions with leading scientists in 2010 in which they expressed desire for a new, more efficient and more financially independent form of scholarly publishing. Although many aspects of the new entity remain uncertain — including its title, editor and business model — it is expected to have several unusual features, in addition to being published only online.

The journal’s backers said they did not expect to charge authors fees to publish their work (as do some journals that do not charge readers); apart from an editor-in-chief, filtering of submissions are to be done by a board of working scientists, rather than by professional editors (according to Science magazine), and the peer review and editing process is designed to be much faster than normal. “The ethos of the journal will be to avoid asking authors to make extensive modifications or perform endless additional experiments before a paper can be published,” Sir Mark Walport, director of the Wellcome Trust, said in a news release about the venture.

CFP: Learning from Lister (conference)

Learning from Lister: Antisepsis, Safer Surgery, and Global Health (A three-day multidisciplinary conference to reassess his achievements and legacy), 22 – 24 March 2012, King’s College London, The Royal Society, The Royal College of Surgeons of England

The conference will take place across three venues: the Strand Campus of King’s College London, the Royal Society at Carlton Terrace, and the Royal College of Surgeons at Lincoln’s Inn Fields. Exhibitions of Lister’s equipment, manuscripts and drawings will form a part of the conference, as will screenings of films about Lister, and London walks that visit the locales associated with Lister. Papers are requested for 15- or 20-minute parallel sessions which could take the form of talks, workshops or seminars, to be followed by 10 minutes of discussion, covering (but not limited to) topics such as:

  •  Discipleship
  •  19th and 20th C surgical craft
  •  Advances in surgical science
  •  Nursing pedagogy and practice
  •  Health care innovation
  •  ‘Translation of principle into health care practices
  •  Lister’s legacy and global health
  •  Controversy in surgical sciences
  •  Identification and control of hospital infections
  •  Hospital safety
  •  Sepsis / antisepsis / asepsis
  •  Dirt / cleanliness.

Abstracts should be no more than 400 words, and proposals should state which of the four major strands they would be situated under (History; Surgical Practice; Infectious Disease; Health Policy) and sent to . As well as historians, we welcome and encourage papers from scientific, clinical, and health service and policy backgrounds, which could cover modern-day bacteriology, asepsis, surgical techniques, and issues in healthcare. These papers should make reference to Lister’s legacy, and should be concerned with tracing the roots of this legacy into present-day practice. The deadline for receipt of papers is Friday 16th September 2011. For a full programme, please visit the Lister website at .

Contributions will be selected by peer review and collected in a scholarly volume that will offer a major reassessment of Lister’s legacy. For further information about this conference, please contact Ben Chisnall, Centre for the Humanities and Health at King’s College London: , 020 7848 1405

CFS: Other Mothers (Edited Book)

New Call for Submissions for an Edited Collection: Other Mothers/Other Mothering

Other mothers and other mothering roles may be found throughout history and across diverse cultures. Other mothers may be the paradigmatic first responders, the first-teachers of informal and formal learnings, or first care-givers for the formative triage years of children and youth. Other mothering denotes the continuity and contemporary practices of shared, communal, or assumed mothering responsibilities that are empowering and inclusive of social transformation. Despite the prevalence of this practice and increasing scholarship about other mothering, an edited collection on this important and central cultural paradigm does not yet exist. The aim of the present collection is to investigate the history, possibilities, differences, continuities, transformations, or advancements of other mothering, paying particular attention to liberating potentials of destabilizing patriarchal representations of motherhood and family structures. As interconnected and transnational cultures are in full swing into the 21st century, both men and women can perform and enable diverse and holistic roles of other mothering. How does other mothering transform the language implications of gender? How do we interrogate the roles of mothering for both women and men? This collection will explore the fluid, empowering and diversified roles of other mothering across cultures. Thus, of particular interest are submissions that interrogate other mothering from global perspectives, comparative ethnicities and historical contexts. The editor of this collection seeks article-length contributions in the humanities, cultural studies and social sciences that may include, but are not limited to the following topics:

• foster mothering • queer co-mothering • gay mothering and the “modern family” • open adoption mothering • closed adoption mothering • grandmothering • non-residential mothers • non-custodial mothers • men and mothering • co-mothering • fictive kin mothers • community mothers • African American, African, Caribbean, Latin American, and Native American other mothers • other mothering in religious practices • Godmothers across cultures • tiger mothering • single mothers • representations of other mothers/other mothering in literature, popular culture, the arts •

Submission guidelines: Abstracts should be 250 words. Please also include a CV. Deadline for abstracts: October 12, 2011. Accepted papers of 4000-5000 words (15-18 pages) will be due on April 2, 2012 and will conform to MLA style format. Please send submissions directly to: 

Angelita Reyes, Email: Visit the website at

CFS: Innovation, Global Health

 Call for Papers: Technology and Innovation- Proceedings of the National Academy of Inventors, SPECIAL ISSUE: Innovative Research in Global Health

We are currently soliciting manuscripts for a special issue on innovative studies on global health. Technology and Innovation presents information encompassing the entire field of applied sciences with a focus on transformative technology and academic innovation, and welcomes manuscripts that meet the general criteria of significance and scientific excellence. We publish original articles in basic and applied research, critical reviews, surveys, opinions, commentaries, essays, and patent and book reviews of interest to our readers. For this special issue, contributions containing the following information will be considered for publication:

  • Critical assessments of global health issues and practices
  • Description of advances in transformative technology and translational science
  • Economics of a technology, governmental and policy action in issues related to health and medicine
  • The relationship between international and national health policies and the environment
  • Analyses of the distribution and access to medical technology in different geographical contexts
  • Articles discussing the process of innovation and invention in the creation of medical technologies, interventions, or government health policies
  • Articles on the historical, societal, and ethical aspects of medicine or public health

The deadline for the submission of full manuscripts is August 29th, 2011. Articles for the journal are generally written for a multidisciplinary audience. All submissions should meet Technology and Innovation author instructions in the journal’s Aims and Scope available at:

All submitted articles will be peer reviewed. Graduate students are welcome to submit articles for consideration. If you have questions orwould like to submit a manuscript please contact the editorial assistant Cecilia Vindrola Padros at (813) 974-1347 or . Technology and Innovation is published by Cognizant Communication Corporation:

CFS: Educating Students for Geriatric Care (NLN Journal)

Nursing Education Perspectives will publish a special edition on Educating Students for Geriatric Care, guest edited by two leading scholars in geriatric nursing education. Manuscript Submissions Due August 31, 2011

Nursing Education Perspectives, the National League for Nursing’s respected peer-reviewed research journal, has issued a call for manuscripts to be considered for publication in a special edition slated for spring 2012. The theme, “Educating Students for Geriatric Care,” is one of today’s hot topics in nursing education. Given the aging of the Baby Boomer generation, there is a predicted need in the decades ahead for greater numbers of geriatric clinicians. NEP editor Joyce Fitzpatrick and Leslie Block, the managing editor, have announced two leading scholars in geriatric care research and pedagogy will serve as guest editors for the edition: Mathy Mezey, EdD, RN, FAAN and Meredith Wallace Kazer, PhD, APRN, A/GNP-BC. Drs. Mezey and Kazer will invite their own selected a panel of peer reviewers, also known for their scholarship in the arena of geriatric care in nursing education, to evaluate manuscripts for publication. Research articles are sought on such topics as:

  • chronic care management,
  • evaluation of functional and cognitive assessment,
  • use of simulation to teach care of older adults,
  • use of situational decision-making to promote safe environments for care,
  • attitude development, and
  • other studies that provide evidence of effective teaching models that promote care of older adults.

Brief articles for the Innovation Center on strategies that make the teaching of geriatric care attractive to nursing students are encouraged, as well. Manuscripts must be submitted by August 31, 2011. Prospective authors are urged to review the Author Guidelines found on the NLN website at: For more information, please contact NEP managing editor Leslie Block at  or 212-812-0308.

CFS: Health, Culture and Society

Health, Culture & Society is a new, digitally published periodical through Pittsburgh University’s D-publishing initiative with the internationally distinguished participation of members and senior members from The Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Brazil); The Institute of Public Health (Bangalore); The Center for Modern European Philosophy, University of Kingston (UK); CODESRIA: Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (Senegal); The Department of Anthropology (Brunel University, UK); Cambridge University (UK); The University of Colombo (Sri Lanka);The University of Rome (Italy); the Royal College of Psychiatry (UK); Kathmandu University (Nepal), and the University of ChapecÓ (Santa Catarina, Brazil). HCS is the product of initiative, research and debate centered on the history and development of the health paradigm and the social, cultural and community realities which define it. HCS is the product of dialogue and initiative from areas of expertise which have over the past decade been furnished by innovative research. HCS is a platform where protagonists in the debate of health, critical perspectives and research from the social and medical sciences, can give visibility and exposure to research, development strategy and important debate in health and culture. HCS is geared towards an inter-disciplinary approach to issues of health, culture and society inviting contributions from a diversity of fields. HCS encourages both original and funded research into regional developments which can impact upon the global image of health, society and culture. HCS will reflect the very real developments in ideas that shape our modern understandings of health, and how cultural and social factors are important to its paradigm.

Areas of interest: anthropology; health; social and community development; regional health research; national and global health awareness; mental health; quality of life issues; health legislation; health research, training and education; the social history of medicine; philosophies of health; cultural psychiatry; the history of medicine.

The first issue of HCS will be released late July 2011 . The theme will be “perspectives”. The international editorial committee invites contributions from researchers, workers and professionals who can relate the social urgencies and efforts of the realities they face as well as the changes they seek to implement. HCS adheres to the strictest of editorial and review standards. For details, contact and registration please go to:

Deadline for submissions: June 25, 2011

Contributions in English are preferred (Latin and Germanic idioms are also acceptable), the limit of which is 9,000 words including notes and bibliography.

Dr. David Reggio, Email: Visit the website at

Review: Advanced Nursing Research

Tappen, R. M. (2011). Advanced nursing research: From theory to practice. Sudbury, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning. 504 pp.

Tappen, a nurse and active faculty member, presents a new text entitled Advanced Nursing Research: From Theory to Practice. Based on the title, I expected to find a book suitable for advanced graduate-level students who are embarking on new research programs. I was pleased to see the word “theory” in the title, and was eager to see how Tappen wove theory into her text. When opening the text, I realized that the assumptions I had made based on the title were incorrect. Rather than being a text for advanced graduate students, the text seems more suitable for advanced undergraduates and provides a framework from which to begin planning a research project. Additionally, theory is mostly discussed only in the 17 pages of chapter 3. Thus, the title of the text and the contents of the text were not congruent.

With the title of the text aside, the actual content of the text is quite valuable. Tappen’s conversational writing style makes the book easy to read and follow. The content flows well from one topic to the next. Part IV of the text focuses on analysis and interpretation of research findings and provides more detail than other similar texts. This may be helpful for students who have only a basic understanding of statistical tests and inferential analyses. This text may be a good supplemental text for advanced undergraduates or beginning graduate students who are in the early stages of planning a research project. –Heather Evans, PhD, RNC, CLC, Assistant Clinical Professor, School of Nursing, University of Connecticut

CFP: Disability Health Svcs, Low & Middle Income Countries

Call for Abstracts: International Research Symposium: Equitable Health Services for People with Disabilities with a Focus on Low and Middle Income Countries

The symposium will be held at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine: The deadline for submission of abstracts is end of Friday July 29th 2011:

Co-organised by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and the World Health Organisation (WHO) Tuesday November 8th, 2011, The World Report on Disability, mandated by the World Health Assembly and jointly published by WHO and the World Bank, will be launched in June 2011. The Report includes the first updated prevalence estimates for disability since the 1970s, reviews the factors that affect disability trends, the barriers that prevent people with disabilities from participating fully in their societies and the impact that these barriers have on the lives of disabled people.

A specific focus of the report is on the health of people with disabilities in light of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) which reinforces amongst other fundamental rights, the right of persons with disabilities to attain the highest standard of healthcare, without discrimination. Evidence suggests that people with disabilities have unequal access to general healthcare services and unmet healthcare needs compared with the general population, particularly in low and middle income settings. Unmet rehabilitation needs are also common and can restrict participation, cause deterioration in health, increase dependency on others, and decrease quality of life.

The forthcoming World Report on Disability highlights gaps in knowledge and stresses the need for further research and changes towards disability inclusive policy and practice. This one day international symposium, seeks to bring together researchers, policy makers, disability advocates, NGOs, health and rehabilitation professionals, and donors to share current research on equity in health care for people with disabilities and promote interdisciplinary action in policy relevant research.

We are encouraging abstracts for presentations and posters focusing primarily on research and evidence in low/middle income settings across these three broad themes:

1. At the level of the individual

What differentials in access to general health services exist between persons with disabilities and individuals without disabilities? And among the diversity of people with disabilities (e.g. men and women, impairment, children)? What are the unmet healthcare needs of persons with disabilities? What barriers are faced by people with disabilities (e.g. attitudinal, environmental, communication, financial) in accessing general health and rehabilitation services? How are these barriers specific to people with disabilities? To what extent do barriers to access impact the health and well-being of people with disabilities?

2. At the level of the system or service

How can health systems be structured and the quality of general health care and rehabilitation services improved to address barriers and achieve equity, effectiveness, appropriateness and safety? How to estimate the resources necessary in rehabilitation to fulfill the needs of people with disabilities? What innovations at the service or system level can be introduced to improve access? What is required to deliver equitable services in challenging environments? (e.g. in disaster, conflict situations) What works in community-based rehabilitation in improving access to general healthcare and rehabilitation services? How can the active participation of people with disabilities, in the promotion and planning of healthcare services, be ensured? How to ensure health and rehabilitation professionals deliver high quality services which respect the rights and dignity of persons with disabilities?

3. From research to policy

How to ensure research is translated into policies and practice? How can research be developed, undertaken and disseminated in ways which are relevant and accessible to people with disabilities and their representative organizations, policy makers, practitioners etc?

Papers on the above themes that incorporate the following cross-cutting issues are encouraged:

  • Participatory and emancipatory research methods
  • Methodological issues in the collection of disability-related statistics
  • Examples of where evidence/research has led to change in practice or policy

Contacts: Email: Postal Mail: London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Keppel Street, London, WC1E 7HT, England


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