ISSN 2612-6818 - Padova University Press


Aims and Scope

Health Care Education in Practice is an Italian academic journal published two times a year (May and November) with the aim of expanding and disseminating an educational culture in the health care settings.

As is widely known, in the last half century several social, economic and cultural changes coupled with scientific discoveries profoundly modified the nature of diseases: first, overcoming viral and bacteriological infections and increasing life expectation (with the consequential increase of the number of patients afflicted by a chronic-degenerative condition); second, allowing various psychological, psychiatric and social suffering to be recognized and integrated by health care and social systems. In these past fifty years, even the nature of relationship both between people and their health and between patients and their physicians changed: more and more chronical-ill patients, being aware and informed about their conditions and their chances, demand to be treated as people before as instances of diseases or disorders. Therefore, it should be necessary to rethink the way we have cared for patients until now, introducing a new perspective, better oriented towards understanding and caring for patients’ illness and discomfort: in the future, it should be possible to care for a patient not only making a diagnosis and deciding on a therapy (pharmaceutical, clinical or surgical) but also rehabilitating and educating the ill persons, thus allowing them to attain a good quality of life, understood as physical wellness, identity reconstruction and community participation.

This journal emerges from this cultural, social and scientific background: so, its first aim is to collect several educational experiences in practice and research coming from every kind of health professional. Particularly, coming from all those professionals who have understood the essential role of education in caring for a chronic patient; therefore, although this journal will be primarily focused on the contributions of health educators, other articles or experiences are also welcome: they might come from physicians, nurses or other kind of health job, or from social-educators working in the social or health care settings.

The final purpose of JHCEP is to make educational practices and competences a discussion topic in the academic field and in the communities of health and social services. JHCEP wants to support the sharing and the implementation of good practices coming from numerous professionals and, in the same time, to enable Editors and professionals to work together for a gradual expansion of the theoretical knowledge of health education, therapeutic education and rehabilitation practices.

Above all, the Editors hope this journal will contribute to the diffusion of a new perspective of caring for chronic patients as persons who need to be respect and empowered as human being, as Don Milani and Paulo Freire taught.  


Topics of interest

The main topic of JHCEP is educational good practices and researches in the contest of chronic illness, disability or mental health. More specifically:

-   mental health (depression, psychosis and schizophrenia, eating disorders, bipolar disorder, etc);

-   addiction (drug addiction, gambling addiction, smoke and alcohol addiction);

-   chronic disease and illness (diabetes, heart disease, chronic renal failure, liver failure and cirrhosis, organ transplantation, cancer, etc.);

-   neurodegenerative disorders (Parkinson, Alzheimer, SLA, etc.);

-   neuropsychiatry (autism and developmental psychosis, disorders of psychological development, learning and speech disorders, child depression, mental health, behavioural, emotional and social functioning disorders, attention deficit /hyperactivity disorder, etc);

-   physical, cognitive and sensitive disability (mental delay, deafness, blindness, silence, motor deficit, etc.).

Other topics are life-long learning and training in the health professional degree courses or ECM; last, problems and obstacles interposing to the educational practices.


Peer review policy

JHCEP Editor makes an initial screening process to select the articles assessed for refereeing. This first screening is based on the quality of the paper and its consistency with the Journal aims.

Articles passing the first screening process will be sent out for double blind peer review. If the article is considered appropriate the Author will receive an email notification from the Managing Editor in 3 weeks, that informs her/him about editorial decision. The average time from manuscript selection to the author’s receipt of the HCEP decision about publication is 4 weeks. The possible decisions are a) accepted; b) accepted with minor revisions; c) accepted with major revisions; d) reject. Revised manuscripts are requested to be returned within 5 days.

Open access policy

The Journal provides immediate open access to its contents on the principle, shared by the University of Padua, that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.


Publication charges

There is no submission or publication fee.

Article types

HCEP accepts manuscripts/proposals for the following categories:

  1. Scientific Articles
  2. Practical experiences
  3. Synopses of degree course theses



The Journal is open to contributions coming from Italian and foreign academic or both experts and professionals working in the health care services.  JHCEP accepts contributions both in the Italian and English language, with the request of a bilingual abstract.