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:

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