Special Issue "Humanities and Healthcare"

A special issue of Healthcare (ISSN 2227-9032).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2017

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Ian Walsh

School of Medicine, Queen’s University Belfast, Belfast BT9 7BL, UK
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Interests: medicine and humanities; cognition and metacognition; patient safety; healthcare education
Guest Editor
Dr. Helen Noble

School of Nursing and Midwifery, Queen's University Belfast, Belfast BT9 7BL, UK
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Interests: chronic kidney disease; palliative care; qualitative research methods; mixed methods; end of life care

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Healthcare involves humans, with human–human and human–machine interactions. This is only one explanation for why healthcare is neither an exact science, nor an entirely artistic pursuit. Effective clinical practice demands mastery of both technical and nontechnical skills, within a complex hierarchy of human interactions. Healthcare systems have evolved in a convoluted fashion, rendering them often opaque and confusing. Central characteristics of healthcare provision, such as compassion and empathy, further complicate the picture. Cracks can appear in a façade that is increasingly (and rightly) concerned with patient safety; it is within these cracks that potential for improvement exists.

Collaboration of healthcare with the arts and humanities augments education and practice, simultaneously providing an invaluable substrate for the humanities; exemplified by humanito-centric narratives and sociomedical interactions. Immersion in arts and humanities allows for a freeing and expansion of cognitive processing for healthcare practitioners, as well as facilitating a deeper appreciation of the human condition. Creative artists can further improve healthcare provision in this way; beyond extant arts-based therapeutic interventions.

Dr. Ian Walsh
Dr. Helen Noble
Guest Editors


Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. Papers will be published continuously (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are refereed through a peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Healthcare is an international peer-reviewed Open Access quarterly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 350 CHF (Swiss Francs). English correction and/or formatting fees of 250 CHF (Swiss Francs) will be charged in certain cases for those articles accepted for publication that require extensive additional formatting and/or English corrections.


  • medical humanities
  • arts and medicine
  • arts in healthcare
  • interdisciplinary learning

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