Call for Papers


Knowledge Management & E-Learning (KM&EL)

(Indexed by SCOPUS)


Special Issue on


Advances in Healthcare Provider
and Patient Training to Improve
the Quality and Safety of Patient Care


Guest Editor


Elizabeth M. Borycki, RN, PhD

Associate Professor, School of Health Information Science,

University of Victoria

Victoria, Canada



This special issue of the KM&EL international journal is dedicated to describing “Advances in Healthcare Provider and Patient Training to Improve the Quality and Safety of Patient Care.” Patient safety is an important and fundamental requirement of ensuring the quality of patient care. Training and education has been identified as a key to improving healthcare provider patient safety competencies especially when working with new technologies such as electronic health records and mobile health applications. Such technologies can be harnessed to improve patient safety; however, if not used properly they can negatively impact on patient safety. In this issue we focus on advances in training that can improve patient safety and the optimal use of new technologies in healthcare. For example, use of clinical simulations and online computer based training can be employed both to facilitate learning about new clinical discoveries as well as to integrate technology into day to day healthcare practices.

In this call we invite papers that describe advances in healthcare provider and patient training to improve patient safety as it relates to the use of educational technologies, health information technology and on-line health resources. In addition, the special issue is interested in new approaches to improving online education, clinical simulations, training and tutoring systems to improve safe use of health information technology. These educational and technological initiatives can be aimed at patients, family members and healthcare providers such as physicians, nurses, pharmacists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and other providers of patient care.

The topics of interest should deal with training that can improve patient safety and quality of patient care and may include discussion of technologies and advances such as the following:

  • Electronic communities of practice
  • Online training systems and educational programs
  • Clinical simulations
  • Use of standardized patients for training
  • Tutoring systems
  • Virtual reality environments
  • Web-based educational applications
  • Mobile educational applications
  • Social media
  • Reviews of the quality of health information on the world wide web
  • Online decision support and educational systems
  • Medication administration, reconciliation and management systems
  • Clinician order entry systems
  • Educational approaches to improving patient safety that employ technology used in everyday healthcare work

This issue is designed to elicit both theoretical and applied papers that describe advances in patient safety and training. We are interested in both theoretical and applied papers whose aim it is to improve healthcare safety and quality for patients.  We encourage submissions from academia, practice, industry, regulatory and policy researchers and practitioners.

Important Dates  

Submission due: April 15, 2015
Notification of final acceptance:
May 30, 2015
Publication schedule:
June, 2015 (Vol. 7. No. 2)

Submission Instructions

Electronic submission by email to Guest Editor is required ( ).

Papers must not have been published, accepted for publication, or presently be under consideration for publication elsewhere. A standard double-blind review process will be used for selecting papers to be published in this special issue. Authors should follow the instructions outlined in the KM&EL Website (see URL

For more information about the KM&EL, please visit the web site:

Knowledge Management & E-Learning: An International Journal (KM&EL)
ISSN 2073-7904


Maintained and Developed by:

Laboratory for Knowledge Management & E-Learning

Faculty of Education, The University of Hong Kong