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Self-Care, Stress Management, and Primary Care: From Salutogenesis and Health Promotion to Mind-Body Medicine

Call for Papers

Stress is a major concern in medicine, and health promotion is its first line of defense. Facets of resiliency, salutogenesis, self-care, and other known—or assumed—stress management skills are now incorporated into health promotion, preventive medicine, and primary care. Research in this area is evolving and focuses on disease control and clinical outcomes, relapse prevention, stress-resilient or healthy life styles, and aspects of subjective or psychosocial well-being (i.e., quality of life).

We invite investigators to contribute original research or review articles that will stimulate the continuing efforts to understand the molecular, physiological, neurobiological, and, particularly, clinical factors that underlie stress and stress management programs or related mind-body interventions. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Clinical investigation of cognitive behavioral, mindfulness-based, and mind-body medical interventions, incorporating CAM or self-care procedures to reduce stress or better deal with its effects and outcomes in primary care, including communal and occupational health
  • Describing concepts of health promotion, resiliency, and salutogenesis and discussing their relevance for primary care
  • Identifying further settings and areas where mind-body medical skills could be applied
  • Discussing methodology and modern scientific means to measure stress, its modification, including life-style interventions, and an overall association with the field of general practice and primary care
  • Discussing and reviewing the modern “burn-out” phenomenon and evaluating CAM and the mind-body interventions that pretend to ameliorate (or prevent) it
  • Describing and examining practical means and technical aspects of “easy access” (i.e., low-threshold) stress management applications, e.g., in primary care
  • Correlating aspects of stress and stress reduction (from a primary care perspective) to the overarching field of stress as a social and biological phenomenon, and its significance in modern societies and medicine, even including happiness and flourishing research

Before submission authors should carefully read over the journal's Author Guidelines, which are located at Prospective authors should submit an electronic copy of their complete manuscript through the journal Manuscript Tracking System at according to the following timetable:

Manuscript DueFriday, 19 April 2013
First Round of ReviewsFriday, 12 July 2013
Publication DateFriday, 6 September 2013

Lead Guest Editor

  • Tobias Esch, Division of Integrative Health Promotion, Coburg University of Applied Sciences, 96450 Coburg, Germany

Guest Editors

  • Gregory L. Fricchione, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA 02114, USA
  • Stefanie Joos, Department of General Practice and Health Services Research, Heidelberg University Hospital, 69115 Heidelberg, Germany
  • Michael Teut, Institute for Social Medicine, Epidemiology and Health Economics, Charité - University Medicine Berlin, 10117 Berlin, Germany