Call for Papers – The Patient

Call for Papers – The Patient

COVID-19 Health Preference Research (HPR)

The Patient invites the submission of health preference studies for a themed issue on coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) to be published early 2021 and guest-edited by Rachael DiSantostefano (Janssen) and Fern Terris-Prestholt (LSHTM). We encourage papers from multiple perspectives and on a range of topics, such as preventive behaviours, interventions, and policies related to COVID-19.  For example, a study may test the causal relationship between vaccine attributes and uptake or predict heterogeneous behaviours within a population to inform regulatory decisions, economic evaluations, clinical practice, and health policy. Due to the urgency of the ongoing pandemic, submissions exploring preferences from those based across the globe with clear relevance for COVID-19 patients and caregivers are particularly welcome.

Like the rest of the world, the pandemic has reshaped the lives and livelihoods of scientists in HPR. Many investigators reacted by conducting empirical COVID-19 studies to better understand the value of health and health-related alternatives. This call for papers was motivated by the June COVID-19 HPR Roundtable, a monthly open meeting of HPR scientists exchanging ideas and lessons learned.  Participation in the Roundtable is encouraged, but not required to submit for this call.

Topics of interest include preferences for:

  • Public health initiatives
  • Screening and testing
  • Prevention, such as vaccines, masks, and health behaviours
  • Pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions
  • Resource allocations
  • Health outcomes, including health-related quality of life
  • Labor conditions, productivity, and workplace safety

Please submit a full paper by November 30th, 2020, to For this themed issue, a dedicated panel of reviewers will be assembled, so that the editors receive their reports promptly and can respond to authors quickly, expediting the publication of timely evidence in early 2021.

The Patient is an official journal of the International Academy of Health Preference Research and is published by Springer Nature. It is indexed in all major databases and has an Impact Factor of 3.2. Further journal metrics can be found here