eHealth and mHealth: Methodology, Assessment, Treatment, and Dissemination Studies
The near ubiquity of the Internet and mobile phones, including the widespread use of apps and social media across all age and ethnic groups, presents an unprecedented opportunity to assess and treat health behaviors throughout large segments of the population. There is a substantial proliferation, however, of technology interventions that are not evidenced based. In recognition of the rapidly evolving areas of the assessment and treatment of health behaviors using technology, and the increasing need for evidenced based treatments that can be integrated into people’s everyday lives, Health Psychology is calling for manuscripts that focus on methods, assessment and outcome studies in the domains of eHealth and mHealth.
“eHealth” generally refers to the use of information technology, such as the Internet, digital gaming, virtual reality, and robotics, in the promotion, prevention, treatment, and maintenance of health care. ‘mHealth’ refers to mobile and wireless applications including text messaging, apps, wearable devices, remote sensing, and the use of social media such as Facebook and Twitter. The benefits of eHealth and mHealth interventions include availability and accessibility (use anywhere, anytime), cost-effective delivery, scalability, utilization of personalization and tailoring, provisioning of real-time strategies to users in their everyday settings, and ability to calibrate intervention intensity to user’s needs.
Submissions to this call should emphasize health behaviors and health psychology. Studies employing a variety of methodologies including epidemiological approaches, population and community-cohort designs, controlled trials, systematic reviews, and meta-analyses will be considered. Empirical papers are preferred although theoretical and review papers will also be considered if they make a unique contribution to the area. Potential topics of interest include, but are not limited to: (1) feasibility, efficacy, and effectiveness studies of eHealth and mHealth interventions; (2) evaluation of technologies, particularly as it relates to user adherence, behavior change, and symptom improvement; (3) use of information and communication technology within the areas of assessment and measurement; and (4) theory and models within eHealth and mHealth research.
We encourage manuscripts from junior investigators, investigators from underrepresented groups, and from senior, established researchers and working groups. Editors for the special issue will be Belinda Borrelli, PhD (Belinda_Borrelli@Brown.edu) and Lee Ritterband, PhD (LEER@virginia.edu). The deadline for submitting complete manuscripts is January 15, 2015. Publication of the special issue will be slated for the Fall of 2015.
Papers must be prepared in full accord with the Health Psychology Instructions to Authors and submitted through the Journal portal. Both brief reports and full length manuscripts will be considered. All submissions will be peer reviewed. Some papers not included in this issue may be accepted for publication in Health Psychology as regular articles. Please indicate in the cover letter accompanying your manuscript that you would like to have the paper considered for the Special Issue on mHealth and eHealth.