Special Issue "Social Support and Social Networks in Long-Term Conditions"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Rosario Fernández-Peña
Guest Editor
Department of Nursing, SALBIS Research Group, Nursing Research Group IDIVAL, University of Cantabria, 39008 Santander, Spain
Interests: social support; nursing;
Prof. Marí Carmen Portillo
Guest Editor
Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Southampton,Highfield Campus, SO17 1BJ, Southampton, United Kingdom
Interests: long term conditions; social support;
Prof. José Luís Molina
Guest Editor
Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, 08193 Barcelona, Spain
Interests: social networks; social support; transnational relations, migration and ethnicity

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Nowadays, the increase in life expectancy, improvements in public health and health care and the adoption of certain lifestyles have led to a dramatic increase in long term conditions. As an attempt to focus on the person and not the condition, health and social care systems have reoriented towards person-centered approaches, highlighting the importance of the individual's social environment as a key source of support and care.

The literature on social support has experienced increasing interest during the recent decades, both theoretically and empirically. Therefore, this special issue focuses on the study of social support and social networks for individuals with long term conditions and their caregivers, and seeks papers on new research aimed at (a) increasing knowledge about the role of social support and social networks in the health of individuals living with long term conditions, and (b) proposing models of care that have been or could be successful and sustainable.

From a design point of view we shall consider quantitative, qualitative, mixed methods and literature reviews in relation to the topic.

Prof. Rosario Fernández-Peña
Prof. Marí Carmen Portillo
Prof. José Luís Molina
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • social support
  • community health networks
  • chronic disease
  • community networks social care
  • social networks
  • social network analysis
  • long term conditions
  • caregivers

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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