CFS: Biological Research for Nursing

BIOLOGICAL RESEARCH FOR NURSING | CALL FOR PAPERS: Deadline: April 1, 2013 | SPECIAL ISSUE: Activity, Activity Restriction and Sedentarism | Guest Editors: Judith A. Maloni, PhD, RN, FAAN; Barbara A. Smith, PhD, RN, FAAN

Regular physical activity can improve health status and decrease the effects of disease. However, a large percentage of the population does not engage in moderate-to-vigorous activity on a regular basis. In addition, patients experience unavoidable or avoidable periods of inactivity or immobility during illness and recovery. Strategies to initiate and sustain physical activity and to decrease inactivity are not well established, and health care providers often lack knowledge about the type and amount of physical activity necessary. Further, health care systems may encourage sedentarism for fall prevention, convenient access to patients, etc. In September 2011 the United Nations declared that sedentary lifestyles pose a major threat to global health via diseases related to inactivity, such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes, and called for efforts to increase physical activity. By recognizing the benefits of physical activity and the debilitating effects of immobility, addressing key components of behavior change, incorporating best practices and using benchmarks, advance practice nurses and other health care providers can make a difference in the health status of the population.

The goals of this special issue are to

1) Provide new findings related to biobehavioral outcomes resulting from interventions/ alterations in care to increase appropriate physical activity and reduce sedentarism in healthy and ill populations (increase activity);

2) Provide new findings about the detrimental effects of avoidable and unavoidable immobility and activity restriction that result from acute and chronic disease processes and treatments (reduce morbidity);

3) Provide integrative reviews and meta-analyses of the literature on physical activity or inactivity outcomes in specific populations.

Submissions of basic science, clinical and applied research and theoretical-research-practice linkages from multiple disciplines are encouraged as long as they address translational relevance to nursing practice. For more detailed author guidelines, please go to

Editorial Contact Information: Contact the guest editors with queries about appropriate topics or works in progress for the special issue:

Judith A. Maloni, PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University, Phone: 216-368-2912, Email: | Barbara A. Smith, PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor & Associate Dean for Research, School of Nursing, University of Maryland, Baltimore, Phone: 410-706-2619, Email:

Contact the managing editor with questions about the manuscript-submission process: Marnie Wiss, Managing Editor, Tel: 352-335-4195, Fax: 352-378-2731, Email:


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