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Use of Theory-Based Intervention in Nursing to Change Behaviors in Clinical Settings

Call for Papers

Interventions to improve outcomes of patients/patient care constitute the essential element that characterizes nursing care. High-quality nursing care promotes health, addresses clinical problems, and produces beneficial outcomes. Therefore, it is imperative to prioritize efforts to advance nursing science as it supplies the theoretical knowledge necessary to provide a high quality intervention, which must be aligned with contemporary needs. Nowadays, one of the most recurrent challenges in nursing practices is to favor changes in health-related behaviors in order to prevent and control disease progression. The use of theoretical backgrounds is important as it helps to gain a better understanding on why and how the chosen content and activities can be conductive of behavior change. Furthermore, the use of sound frameworks for planning is increasingly recognized as essential to guide the development of efficient interventions.

To this aim, we invite nursing researchers to contribute original researches as well as review articles on theory-based interventions offered in clinical settings and aimed at changing behaviors. We are mainly interested in articles describing results of studies based on theoretical models to develop nursing interventions aimed at changing behaviors. We are also interested in receiving papers describing applications of models of planning nursing interventions and use of theoretical models to understand and predict behaviors. Acknowledging that in clinical settings relevant behaviors are not restricted to those of patients but can also be concerned with the clinical behavior of health professionals, this call for papers will consider studies aimed at understanding and changing patient’s behavior as well as nurse’s clinical practice. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Development of theory-based nursing interventions aimed at changing health-related behaviors
  • Applications of frameworks to plan theory-based nursing interventions
  • Outcomes of experimental studies
  • Use of theoretical models to understand and predict health-related behaviors

Before submission authors should carefully read over the journal’s Author Guidelines, which are located at http://www.hindawi.com/journals/nrp/guidelines/. Prospective authors should submit an electronic copy of their complete manuscript through the journal Manuscript Tracking System at http://mts.hindawi.com/submit/journals/nrp/nbeh/ according to the following timetable:

Manuscript DueFriday, 2 May 2014
First Round of ReviewsFriday, 25 July 2014
Publication DateFriday, 19 September 2014

Lead Guest Editor

Guest Editors

  • Gaston Godin, Faculty of Nursing, Laval University, QC, Canada
  • Tiny Jaarsma, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden