The Journal of Family Nursing is inviting manuscripts for a special issue addressing the “Illness Beliefs Model”: http://www.illnessbeliefsmodel.com. The Illness Beliefs Model (Wright & Bell, 2009; Wright, Watson, & Bell, 1996) highlights the connections between beliefs, illness, and suffering. This compassionate approach to working with families with serious illness invites health professionals to a relationship practice to understand how illness beliefs can either enhance or soften suffering. The illness beliefs of both health practitioners and family members can influence the healing experience.
The Illness Beliefs Model is being used to guide clinical practice, research, and education in a variety of cultural contexts. For this special issue, Guest Editor, Dr. Lorraine M. Wright and Journal of Family Nursing Editor, Dr. Janice M. Bell are seeking descriptions of practice and/or knowledge translation, research reports, and theoretical manuscripts that critique and/or extend understanding of this model developed for advanced practice in Family Systems Nursing. Work directed to all populations of families in all cultural contexts are welcome.
For consideration for inclusion in this special issue, manuscripts must be submitted by September 1, 2013 through the usual JFN electronic submission process: http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com:80/jfn. Indicate on the cover page of the manuscript that it is being submitted for the special issue. All manuscripts will be peer reviewed. Individuals who are interested in submitting a manuscript are encouraged to contact either Dr. Wright ([email protected]) or Dr. Bell ([email protected]) to discuss further in advance of submission.