International Journal of User-Driven Healthcare (IJUDH)

International Journal of User-Driven Healthcare (IJUDH)

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Editor-in-Chief: Ashok Kumar Biswas (The Ministry of Health-Tabuk Region, Saudi Arabia)
Indexed In: INSPEC and 6 more indices
Published: Semi-Annually |Established: 2011
ISSN: 2156-1818|EISSN: 2156-180X|DOI: 10.4018/IJUDH


The International Journal of User-Driven Healthcare (IJUDH) is a refereed, applied research journal designed to provide comprehensive coverage and understanding of clinical problem solving in healthcare. The term "user" includes health professionals as well as patients and anyone who uses the web with a user name. These "users" generate an information flow that "drives" the system's workflow (hence the choice of the term "driven"). "User-driven healthcare" aims at improved healthcare 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
  • User privacy, anonymity and novel strategies to anonymize patient data
  • User-driven learning and problem solving in disciplines other than healthcare
  • User-driven online matching of evidence and other collective sense making techniques

Mission and Scope

The primary objective of the International Journal of User-Driven Healthcare (IJUDH) is to provide a global forum for researchers and practitioners to advance the knowledge and practice of user-driven 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 user-driven 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. Ashok Kumar Biswas comes from the city of joy, Kolkata, India, where he took his first university education, the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) and graduated in 2011. During this period from 2005-2011, he worked closely with Indian Council of Medical Research for students’ research projects and that is how he came in touch with medical research and got motivated to deviate his path towards research from pure clinics. Gradually, Dr. Kumar started working for a couple of students’ medical journals as a reviewer which included the Students’ BMJ, The Lancet Student and many more. In 2008, he got promoted to work as a reviewer for the BMJ group of journals which he is still continuing. He has been a successful founder, leader, organiser, advisor in many other organisations including Bio-Medical Students’ Research Initiatives (BMSRI), International Online Medical Council (IOMC), the Konference during his undergraduate medical studies. Moreover, he wrote, presented and published a couple of his research papers worldwide before he got his first medical diploma. As he got interested in global public health while pursuing his compulsory residency programme during 2011-2012, he opted for a public health degree from the Public Health Foundation of India, New Delhi. Before he graduated in two months, he was invited with a scholarship for a special Masters programme on vitality and ageing in the oldest university in the Netherlands, The University of Leiden. Immediately after he received his Masters from the Netherlands, he joined as an invited Medical Scientist in the field of Epidemiology in Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), and this was when our journal came in touch with Dr. Kumar because of his continuous work in the field of medical science. In Port Blair, he has been contributing his expertise in medical research and taking classes on Academic Writing until he left for Saudi Arabia. Currently, Dr. Kumar is working as a Geriatric Public Health Specialist for the Ministry of Health in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He is a passionate volunteer and activist working continuously to motivate young doctors to contribute to research and chose medical research as a career without being afraid of failure. As he did not get any governmental support, he has used social medias, such as Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Blogs, etc., as his platform. He is determined to continue his career in medical research. His interests areas includes Geriatrics, Gerontology, Vitality, Ageing, Public Health, Global Health issues, Epidemiology, Clinical Epidemiology, etc.

Editorial Board

Editor-in-Chief Emeritus
Rakesh Biswas, LN Medical College and Research Center, India
International Advisory Board
Suptendra Sarbadhikari, Supten Institute, India
Associate Editors
Athanasios Anastasiou, National Technical University of Athens, Greece
Jyoti Bhojwani, Indore University, India
Kwok Tai Chui, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Daz Greenop, Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom
Swarna Guptas, LN Medical College, India, India
Amy Price, Empower 2 Go, United States
Sabyasachi Sircar, University College of Medical Sciences, India
Joachim Sturmberg, The Newcastle University, Australia
Joan Young, Independent Researcher, United States
Editorial Review Board
Swagatika Bhattacharya, University of Pittsburgh, United States
Ubaldo Comite, University Giustino Fortunato & University of Calabria, Italy
Sovan Dey, Sonic Health Plus, Australia
Denis English, University of South Florida, United States
Vahideh Gavgani Zarea, Tabriz University of Medical Science and Education, Iran, Islamic Republic Of
Sirshendu Ghosh, University of Northumbria, Newcastle, Canada
Petrică Irimia, Romania
Prabakaran Jayaraman, Ministry of Health, Saudi Arabia
Edward Kim, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, United States
Carmel Martin, National Digital Research Centre, Ireland
Andrew Miles, Imperial College London, United Kingdom
Shahid Muhammad, The Renal Patient Support Group, United Kingdom
Mohsin Mushtaq, Dow University of Health Sciences, Canada
Brendan O'Shea, Trinity College, Ireland
Jordan Panayotov, Independent Centre for Analysis and Research of Economies, Australia
Anil Pandit, Mayo Clinic, United States
Prantosh Kumar Paul, Raiganj University, India
Chris Peterson, La Trobe University, Australia
Shruti Sarkar, People’s College of Medical Sciences, India
Yogesh Sharma, LNCT University, India
Hasan Siamian, Mazandaran University of Medical Sciences, Iran, Islamic Republic Of
Aman Singh, Lovely Professional University, India
Satendra Singh, University College of Medical Sciences, India
Vijay Thawani, Veer Chandra Singh Garhwali Government Institute Of Medical Science and Research, India
Ashish Upadhyay, Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology University, India
Linda Welsh, University of Pennsylvania, United States
Rupert Whitaker, Tuke Insitute, United Kingdom
Santosh Yatnatti, Shridevi Institute of Medical Sciences, India
Stelios Zimeras, University of the Aegean, Greece


Prospective authors should note that only original and previously unpublished articles will be considered. INTERESTED AUTHORS MUST CONSULT THE JOURNAL’S GUIDELINES FOR MANUSCRIPT SUBMISSIONS at PRIOR TO SUBMISSION. All article submissions will be forwarded to at least 3 members of the Editorial Review Board of the journal for double-blind, peer review. Final decision regarding acceptance/revision/rejection will be based on the reviews received from the reviewers.

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