International Journal of Patient-Centered Healthcare (IJPCH)

International Journal of Patient-Centered Healthcare (IJPCH)

Formerly International Journal of User-Driven Healthcare (IJUDH)
Editors-in-Chief: Chaojie Wang (The MITRE Corporation, McLean, USA) and Fred Hoffman (Mercyhurst University, USA)
Published: Semi-Annually |Established: 2019
ISSN: 2641-6255|EISSN: 2641-6263|DOI: 10.4018/IJPCH


The International Journal of Patient-Centered Healthcare (IJPCH) is a refereed, applied research journal designed to provide comprehensive coverage and understanding of clinical problem solving in healthcare and the overall management of patient-centered healthcare. Patient-centered healthcare aims at improved healthcare management through clinical problem solving utilizing concerted experiential learning in conversations between multiple users and stakeholders, primarily patients, health professionals, and other actors in a care giving collaborative network across a Web interface. The journal serves as a valuable academic platform for all these stakeholders to document and share their learning.

Topics Covered

  • Asynchronous computer mediated communication in healthcare to generate persistent clinical encounters
  • Bridging the gap between what we know and what is knowable in clinical practice
  • Case studies in clinical problem solving
  • Clinical problem-solving perspectives from multiple stakeholders
  • Degrees and forms of participation in user-driven healthcare
  • Descriptive statistics with a purpose—how statistics shape society's view of itself.
  • Dynamics of social construction and performance of illness through user-driven healthcare practices
  • Electronic health records and online portfolio-based learning in healthcare
  • Evolving pathologies and dealings with in the interface between industry, commercial branding and users
  • Human computer interaction and semantic web technologies in user-driven health
  • Illness journey narratives/healthcare autoethnographies around normal and altered physiologic states
  • Interaction between human intelligence and artificial intelligence
  • Medical cognition and decision-making theory
  • Online user-driven statistical data collection and interpretations
  • Participatory action research as a bottom up strategy to problem solving and achieving change in healthcare
  • Patient and health professional user-driven ‘narrative electronic health records’
  • Patient and health professional users’ coping strategies (created in light of user-driven content) for life changing diseases
  • Patient and health professional users’ creativity in clinical problem solving in healthcare
  • Patient users dealing with stigmatization attached to certain diseases and health behavior
  • Patient users’ health strategies in a growing interface between corporate (e.g., pharmaceutical) interests, public health promotion and themselves
  • Patient/patient’s-relative/volunteer user strategies in shared decision making with physicians and other healthcare users
  • Searching for evidence and soul searching in user-driven healthcare
  • Social, ethical and political context of health and illness and analysis of pertinent health policy

Mission and Scope

The primary objective of the International Journal of Patient-Centered Healthcare (IJPCH) is to provide a global forum for researchers and practitioners to advance the knowledge and practice of patient-centered healthcare learning in healthcare and other disciplines. The emphasis here is on learning through clinical problem solving. The secondary objective of this journal is to develop a comprehensive framework of patient-centered healthcare by taking a multidisciplinary approach to understanding its implications on the present healthcare scenario.

Table of Contents and List of Contributors

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Editor(s)-in-Chief Biography

Dr. Chaojie (Jay) Wang is a seasoned software engineer, systems architect, data scientist, researcher, and project manager with over thirty-year experience in industry, government, and academia. Dr. Wang currently works for The MITRE Corporation, an international thinktank and operator of several Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDC). In his capacity as a Principal Systems Engineer, Dr. Wang advises the US federal government on Health IT & Informatics, Machine Learning & Data Analytics, IT Modernization & Acquisition, and Knowledge Management & Organizational Development. Previously, Dr. Wang worked for Lockheed Martin Corporation and participated in the design and development of multiple large-scale enterprise information systems for the US federal government in various capacities including Chief Designer, Integrated Product Team (IPT) Lead, Scrum Master, and Chief Engineer. Dr. Wang is a certified Java Programmer, a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), and a certified SAFe Agilist (SA). Dr. Wang’s peer-reviewed publications cover diverse and interdisciplinary subjects including data analytics, knowledge management, Health IT, Health Informatics, and Artificial Intelligence. Dr. Wang is the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Patient-Centered Healthcare (IJPCH) by IGI Global and serves in the Editorial Review Board of the Issues in Information System (IIS) by the International Association for Computer Information Systems (IACIS). Dr. Wang holds a Bachelor of Engineering in MIS from Tsinghua University, a Master of Art in Economics and a Master of Science in Statistics both from the University of Toledo, an MBA in Finance from Loyola University Maryland, and a Doctor of Science in Information Systems and Communications from Robert Morris University.
Dr. Fred P. Hoffman, D.Sc. currently serves as Interim Chairman and an Assistant Professor of Intelligence Studies at Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pennsylvania. Prior to joining the Mercyhurst faculty, Fred taught intelligence studies courses at The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. Fred has seven years of experience in competitive intelligence in the private sector and 30 years of experience as a human intelligence practitioner in the U.S. intelligence community. In addition to his doctorate, Fred also has a Master of Science in Intelligence Studies from the Defense Intelligence University, a Master of Arts in Asian Studies (Chinese) from the University of Michigan, and a Bachelor of Arts from Lawrence University. Fred holds active certifications as a Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) and Project Management Professional (PMP).

Editorial Board

Associate Editors
Athanasios Anastasiou, National Technical University of Athens, Greece
Kwok Tai Chui, The Open University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Swarna Gupta, LN Medical College, India, India
Wenli Wang, Robert Morris University, United States
Editorial Review Board
Chaza Abdul, Harrisburg University, United States
Fred Hoffman, Mercyhurst University
Mamoon Rashid, Lovely Professional University, India ORCID
Michael Seavers, Harrisburg University of Science and Technology
Vahideh Gavgani Zarea, Tabriz University of Medical Science and Education, Iran, Islamic Republic Of ORCID


Prospective authors should note that only original and previously unpublished article manuscripts will be considered. Interested authors must consult the Journal Guidelines for Manuscript Submission at PRIOR to submission. Any further questions may be answered at All article manuscript submissions will be forwarded to at least three members of the editorial review board of the journal for a double-blind peer review. The final decision regarding acceptance/revision/rejection will be based on the reviews received from the reviewers.

All inquiries should be directed to the attention of:

Chaojie (Jay) Wang
Fred Hoffman
International Journal of Patient-Centered Healthcare (IJPCH)