Special Issue "Mental and Behavioral Healthcare"
A special issue of Healthcare (ISSN 2227-9032).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (1 January 2023) | Viewed by 53255
Interests: biosignal; psychoneuroendocrinology; prognostic modeling; personalized medicine; precision psychiatry; psychophysiology
It is our pleasure to introduce the Healthcare Special Issue on Mental and Behavioral Health.
With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, other significant and global healthcare challenges are lying ahead of us, a prominent one being the already pre-existing pandemic of non-communicable diseases that are directly related to our sedentary lifestyle—medical conditions such as diabetes type II, specific cardiovascular syndromes, and obesity that, apart from their own demanding healthcare requirements, contribute so significantly to a negative prognosis after SARS-Cov-2 infection. It seems all too obvious that interventions in lifestyle can consequently have a tremendous impact on the health, wellbeing, and prognosis of those involved, and this emphasizes the relevance of obtaining knowledge of, and developing interventions aimed at, behavior and mental health to alleviate the burden for those involved as well as our healthcare system. Additional challenges are syndromes related to chronic stress, (healthy) aging, and personalized medicine, in all of which mental wellbeing seems to be a long underestimated factor in etiology and prognosis, though it currently is, for example, directly related to acknowledged clinical biomarkers. Consequently, though not surprisingly, in every healthcare context imaginable—behavioral, lifestyle—interventions seem to have a surprising positive potential for both physical health and mental wellbeing, which makes investigating mental and behavioral factors associated with health outcomes and overall wellbeing highly relevant. Therefore, we invite you to share your results with us and look forward to your contribution to a better understanding of the processes involved.
Investing in lifestyle, mental health and wellbeing, stress reduction, dietary interventions, and positive behavioral incentives, as well as to the reverting of sedentary behaviors and promoting of physical exercise seems to have potential beneficial effects on one’s health prognosis, both in the short term, when specific disease states become overt, as well as in the long term to prevent and/or mitigate the potential development of health threatening syndromes. Studies investigating such relations, or the underlying neuroendocrinological/psychophysiological processes, are consequently of relevance for this Special Issue.
Dr. Victor Kallen
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- mental health
- healthy aging
- behavioral interventions
- health prognosis
- sedentary lifestyle