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Health and wellbeing of health workforce

Guest Editors:
Jose Mira, PhD, Universidad Miguel Hernández, Spain
David C. Mohr, PhD, Boston University School of Public Health, United States

BMC Health Services Research called for submissions to our Collection on Health and wellbeing of health workforce. This call for papers aimed to shed light on the multifaceted aspects of the health workforce's wellbeing, address challenges, and highlight innovative approaches within health systems and best practices to enhance their quality of life.

New Content ItemThis collection supports and amplifies research related to SDG 3: Good Health & Well-Being, SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth.

Meet the Guest Editors

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Jose Mira Universidad Miguel Hernández, Spain

Dr Mira is a Professor of the University Miguel Hernández, and clinical psychologist conducting clinical assistance at Alicante-Sant Joan Health District. Dr Mira is also an Associate Editor at BMC Health Service Research offering his expertise in health quality, performance, safety and outcomes, and BMC Primary Care, where he is Co-Editor of the Journal of Healthcare Quality Research (Spanish Journal of Quality Assurance). Additionally, he is President of the Scientific Committee at the FISABIO Research Institute in the Valencian Community and Chair of the ERNST Consortium. 

David C. MohrBoston University School of Public Health, United States

David C. Mohr, PhD holds a doctorate in Industrial/Organizational Psychology and has applied his talents at the Veterans Health Administration as a health science specialist for more than twenty years  His research interests include the health care workforce, employee well-being and occupational safety, patient experiences of care, safety, and quality, and the impact of organizational systems. He has served on the editorial board of BMC Health Services Research since 2018.

About the Collection

BMC Health Services Research is calling for submissions to our Collection on Health and wellbeing of health workforce.

Chronic shortages in investment, employment, and training of health workforce along with the need to continuously improve health service coverage and healthcare standards have contributed to an epidemic of burn-out and health issues within health and care personnel, including physicians, nurses, clinical and nursing assistants, transportation personnel, and others.

The coronavirus pandemic has further exposed the importance of addressing the wellbeing of the health and care workforce and has clearly shown that health systems can only function with a functioning, healthy staff.

The health and wellbeing of health workforce is paramount not only for the staff themselves but also for its direct impact on the quality of patient care and the sustainability of the entire healthcare system. The delicate balance between providing optimal care and maintaining one's physical, mental, and emotional health requires in-depth analysis and extensive discussions.

We invite researchers, practitioners, scholars, and professionals from various disciplines to submit their original research and contributions to our Collection on the Health and wellbeing of health workforce. This call for papers aims to shed light on the multifaceted aspects of the health workforce's wellbeing, address challenges, and highlight innovative approaches within health systems and best practices to enhance their quality of life.

We welcome submissions of research that contribute to the understanding, enhancement, and advocacy of the health and wellbeing of the health workforce.

We are particularly interested in:

  • Mental health resilience: exploring strategies to enhance mental health resilience, manage stress, prevent burn-out, and foster a supportive work environment. This includes research on approaches at the health and care workforce management and leadership level to promote resilience, implement organizational changes, and positively impact the wellbeing of health workforce.
  • Physical wellbeing: investigating initiatives that promote physical health, prevent occupational hazards, and encourage healthy lifestyles among healthcare professionals.
  • Work-life balance: analyzing effective methods for achieving a healthy balance between demanding work schedules and personal lives, contributing to long-term career satisfaction.
  • Professional development: discussing opportunities for continuous learning, skill development, and career progression that contribute to job satisfaction and overall happiness.
  • Impact on the health system: assessing the correlation between health and care workforce wellbeing and the quality and provision of health services.
  • Impact on recruitment and retention: examining the relationship between health and wellbeing of healthcare personnel on recruitment, retention, shortages of health workforce and the resulting delivery of care.
  • Support systems: exploring the significance of peer support, mentorship, and leadership within healthcare settings in creating a nurturing environment for the health workforce.
  • Examining the role of emotional intelligence in fostering better relationships, communication, and overall wellbeing within healthcare teams.
  • Innovations in workforce wellbeing: presenting novel technological, organizational, and procedural innovations aimed at improving the health and wellbeing of healthcare professionals.
  • Diversity and inclusion: addressing the unique challenges and opportunities for promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion within the health workforce.

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  1. Healthcare organizations worldwide face persistent challenges relating to turnover and intention to leave the nursing profession among registered nurses. Factors contributing to their retention and well-being ...

    Authors: Stina Kallerhult Hermansson, Fredrik Norström, Yvonne Hilli, Jonas Rennemo Vaag and Karin Bölenius
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2024 24:734
  2. Vaccines play a crucial role in eradicating and containing disease outbreaks. Therefore, understanding the reasons behind vaccine refusal and associated factors is essential for improving vaccine acceptance ra...

    Authors: Nasimu Kyakuwa, Andrew Abaasa, Simon Mpooya, Hamza Kalutte, Christine Atuhairwe, Laurent Perez and Bernard Kikaire
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2024 24:663
  3. Implicit absenteeism is very common among nurses. Poor perceived social support of intensive care unit nurses has a negative impact on their mental and physical health. There is evidence that lack of occupatio...

    Authors: Qin Lin, Mengxue Fu, Kun Sun, Linfeng Liu, Pei Chen, Ling Li, Yanping Niu and Jijun Wu
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2024 24:653
  4. The COVID-19 pandemic has profoundly impacted individuals, society, and healthcare organisations worldwide. Recent international research suggests that concerns, needs, and experiences of healthcare workers (H...

    Authors: Sarah L. McGuinness, Owen Eades, Shannon Zhong, Sharon Clifford, Jane Fisher, Helen L. Kelsall, Maggie Kirkman, Grant Russell, Helen Skouteris and Karin Leder
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2024 24:596
  5. Organizational citizenship behavior (OCB) among nurses, as the key human resources in healthcare systems, is of paramount importance to nursing care quality and patient outcomes. The present study was to refle...

    Authors: Rahimeh Khajoei, Mozhgan Jokar and Parvaneh Vasli
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2024 24:538
  6. It is known that many surgeons encounter intraoperative adverse events which can result in Second Victim Syndrome (SVS), with significant detriment to their emotional and physical health. There is, however, a ...

    Authors: Clyve Yu Leon Yaow, Qin Xiang Ng, Ryan Ian Houe Chong, Clarence Ong, Nicolette Zy-Yin Chong, Nicole Li Xian Yap, Ashley Shuen Ying Hong, Benita Kiat Tee Tan, Amos Hong Pheng Loh, Andrew Siang Yih Wong and Hiang Khoon Tan
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2024 24:512
  7. The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in significant physical and psychological impacts for survivors, and for the healthcare professionals caring for patients. Nurses and doctors in critical care faced longer workin...

    Authors: Shirish KC, Tiffany E. Gooden, Diptesh Aryal, Kanchan Koirala, Subekshya Luitel, Rashan Haniffa and Abi Beane
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2024 24:450
  8. Physician burnout is rampant, and physician retention is increasingly hard. It is unclear how burnout impacts intent to leave an organization. We sought to determine how physician burnout and professional fulf...

    Authors: R. Thomas Collins II, Aric Schadler, Hong Huang, Scottie B. Day and John A. Bauer
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2024 24:434
  9. Healthcare workers (HCW) are exposed to infectious agents within biological materials including blood, tissues, other body fluids and on medical supplies, contaminated surfaces within the care delivery environ...

    Authors: Innocent Takougang, Fabrice Zobel Lekeumo Cheuyem, Billy Ralph Sanding Ze, Forlemu Fabiola Tsamoh and Hortense Mengong Moneboulou
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2024 24:424
  10. Community General Practitioners (CGPs) are crucial to primary healthcare worldwide. Their job satisfaction significantly impacts the quality and accessibility of healthcare. However, a comprehensive global per...

    Authors: Qilin Deng, Yifang Liu, Ziyi Cheng, Qi Wang and Junan Liu
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2024 24:378
  11. Globally, healthcare workers (HCWs) in maternity units are at high risk of developing burnout. Burnout can lead to multiple harmful impacts on HCWs, their patients, and the broader healthcare system. Little is...

    Authors: Tanya Y. Brückner, S. Heemelaar, T. Endjala and T. van den Akker
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2024 24:362
  12. Quality of work life is a vital factor for health care providers. This study aimed to determine the impact of the education program based on dimensions of quality of work life among emergency medical services ...

    Authors: Ali Panahi-Qoloub, Sima Zohari Anboohi, Malihe Nasiri and Parvaneh Vasli
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2024 24:260
  13. Clinician distress is a multidimensional condition that includes burnout, decreased meaning in work, severe fatigue, poor work–life integration, reduced quality of life, and suicidal ideation. It has negative ...

    Authors: Ahlexxi Jelen, Rebecca Goldfarb, Jennifer Rosart, Leanna Graham and Barry B. Rubin
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2024 24:246
  14. Leadership styles have often been proven to support employees in performing their duties better and with more efficiency while enabling them to have extended organizational tenures. Staff nurses are an essenti...

    Authors: Surabhila Pattali, Jayendira P. Sankar, Haitham Al Qahtani, Nidhi Menon and Shabana Faizal
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2024 24:199
  15. Hospitals and long-term care facilities, which are key institutions to serve health and well-being, have an important exemplary role in providing supportive food environments to encourage healthy and sustainab...

    Authors: Joline J. Wierda, Emely de Vet, Ellemijn Troost and Maartje P. Poelman
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2024 24:31
  16. Unprofessional behaviours (UB) between healthcare staff are rife in global healthcare systems, negatively impacting staff wellbeing, patient safety and care quality. Drivers of UBs include organisational, situ...

    Authors: Justin Avery Aunger, Jill Maben, Ruth Abrams, Judy M. Wright, Russell Mannion, Mark Pearson, Aled Jones and Johanna I. Westbrook
    Citation: BMC Health Services Research 2023 23:1326

Submission Guidelines

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This Collection welcomes submission of original Research Articles. Should you wish to submit a different article type, please read our submission guidelines to confirm that type is accepted by the journal. Articles for this Collection should be submitted via our submission system, Snapp. During the submission process you will be asked whether you are submitting to a Collection, please select "Health and wellbeing of health workforce" from the dropdown menu.

Articles will undergo the journal’s standard peer-review process and are subject to all of the journal’s standard policies. Articles will be added to the Collection as they are published.

The Editors have no competing interests with the submissions which they handle through the peer review process. The peer review of any submissions for which the Editors have competing interests is handled by another Editorial Board Member who has no competing interests.