Qualitative Health Communication (QHC) is an Open Access peer-reviewed scientific journal that aims to analyse and improve communication between patients, health professionals, institutions and the public. QHC acknowledges the interdisciplinary nature of health communication, and thus is not restricted to a certain discipline and welcomes contributions from a wide range of fields (e.g. linguistics, communication, media, medicine, nursing, public health, health services research, ethics, philosophy, anthropology) as long as studies employ qualitative theories and methods. QHC values articles that qualitatively investigate health communication phenomena, and critical research that engages reflectively with societal implications of various aspects of health communication.
The journal publishes qualitative, mainly data-driven, studies, but pedagogical, methodological and theoretical contributions, and reviews are also welcome. QHC seeks to provide a forum for qualitative research into topics such as interpersonal communication, public health campaigns, digital health, health communication in the mass media, patient engagement, health promotion, and health literacy.
QHC encourages all of its authors to pay particular attention to the practical, theoretical and methodological implications of their findings in order to improve health communication and raise important critical questions that promote developments within the field. We encourage qualitative researchers from a wide range of professional backgrounds and parts of the world to submit their research to QHC.