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Special Issue "Key Issues in Current Health Research: Ageing–Health–Equity"

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Environmental Health".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2017

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Ingrid Darmann-Finck

Institute for Public Health and Nursing Research (IPP), University of Bremen, Germany
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Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Heinz Rothgang

SOCIUM – Research Center on Inequality and Social Policy University of Bremen, Germany
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Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Hajo Zeeb

Leibniz Institute for Prevention Research and Epidemiology – BIPS, Bremen, Germany
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The Special Issue will bring together selected papers presented at the Conference "Key Issues in Current Health Research: Ageing–Health–Equity", in Bremen, 29–30 June, 2017, as well as other papers fitting the themes of this Special Issue.

Demographic change and the evolving demands on healthcare systems, especially the provision of healthcare and nursing care for a growing number of older people, are among the greatest social challenges of the next decades. The pursuit of health equity in ageing societies raises several questions: On the one hand, there are persisting health inequities related to a social gradient in health. On the other hand, as resources are limited, social challenges to healthcare and the healthcare system will always entail questions of distributive justice.

With the conference on Ageing, Health and Equity, the High Profile Research Area Health Sciences of the University of Bremen has established a forum for discussing these key challenges of healthcare in ageing societies. A common focus is on disparities in healthcare and equity requirements.

The conference focuses on four main topics that shall be reflected in the Special Issue:

  • Health–equity–health inequalities: This may comprise questions concerning concept for reducing health inequalities, international comparisons of health inequalities and analyses of the persistence of health inequalities.
  • Qualification requirements and training of healthcare professionals: The focus is on the analysis and international comparison of concepts and programmes to meet the growing demand for skilled workers for ageing populations.
  • Prevention–Healthy Ageing: Including determinants of healthy ageing, access to health services, evaluation of preventive interventions that may reinforce inequalities.
  • Ageing and Diversity: Requirements for health services: This includes questions of participatory approaches as well as the analysis of access barriers for specific groups of people such as the growing group of elderly migrants.

The four topics are linked by their common perspective on health equity issues.  The conference aims to analyze current developments, as well as possible solutions and action strategies. Papers are invited that focus on research obstacles, and how to overcome them, as well as new methodological concepts, technological developments and innovative solutions. Papers not related to the conference but fitting the scope are also welcome.

Prof. Dr. Hajo Zeeb
Prof. Dr. Heinz Rothgang
Prof. Dr. Ingrid Darmann-Finck
Guest editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short 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 thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly 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 1600 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • Health Inequalities
  • Health Equity
  • Healthy Ageing
  • Ageing and Diversity
  • Distributive Justice
  • Health Disparities
  • Qualification requirements of healthcare professionals
  • Prevention
  • Access to Health Services
  • Diversity-sensitive health care provision

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.

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