Health behavior, health promotion and society

Section edited by Takashi Oshio, Frances Kay-Lambkin, David Rehkopf

This section aims to publish studies looking at the processes enabling people to increase control over their health and its determinants and the actions taken by them to maintain, attain, or regain good health and prevent illness. The section also welcomes studies looking at the social determinants of health.

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  1. Study protocol

    A tailored online safety and health intervention for women experiencing intimate partner violence: the iCAN Plan 4 Safety randomized controlled trial protocol

    Intimate partner violence (IPV) threatens the safety and health of women worldwide. Safety planning is a widely recommended, evidence-based intervention for women experiencing IPV, yet fewer than 1 in 5 Canadi...

    Marilyn Ford-Gilboe, Colleen Varcoe, Kelly Scott-Storey, Judith Wuest, James Case, Leanne M. Currie, Nancy Glass, Marilyn Hodgins, Harriet MacMillan, Nancy Perrin and C. Nadine Wathen

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:273

    Published on: 21 March 2017

  2. Research article

    Views of Somali women and men on the use of faith-based messages promoting breast and cervical cancer screening for Somali women: a focus-group study

    Screening rates for breast and cervical cancer for Muslim women in the United States are low, particularly for first-generation immigrants. Interpretations of the Muslim faith represent some of the barriers fo...

    Rebekah Pratt, Sharif Mohamed, Wali Dirie, Nimo Ahmed, Michael VanKeulen, Huda Ahmed, Nancy Raymond and Kola Okuyemi

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:270

    Published on: 20 March 2017

  3. Research article

    A pilot and feasibility study to assess children’s consumption in quick-service restaurants using plate waste methodology

    Children regularly consume foods from quick-service restaurants (QSR), but little is known about the foods that children order, the calories and nutrients consumed, the accuracy of stated calorie information, ...

    Juliana F. W. Cohen, Susan B. Roberts, Stephanie Anzman-Frasca, Madeleine M. G. Gamache, Vanessa M. Lynskey, Emilia Matthews, Megan P. Mueller, Shanti Sharma and Christina D. Economos

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:259

    Published on: 15 March 2017

  4. Research article

    Needles, Jabs and Jags: a qualitative exploration of barriers and facilitators to child and adult immunisation uptake among Gypsies, Travellers and Roma

    Gypsies, Travellers and Roma (referred to as Travellers) are less likely to access health services including immunisation. To improve immunisation rates, it is necessary to understand what helps and hinders in...

    Cath Jackson, Helen Bedford, Francine M. Cheater, Louise Condon, Carol Emslie, Lana Ireland, Philippa Kemsley, Susan Kerr, Helen J. Lewis, Julie Mytton, Karen Overend, Sarah Redsell, Zoe Richardson, Christine Shepherd, Lesley Smith and Lisa Dyson

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:254

    Published on: 14 March 2017

  5. Study protocol

    Babies Living Safe & Smokefree: randomized controlled trial of a multilevel multimodal behavioral intervention to reduce low-income children’s tobacco smoke exposure

    Addressing children’s tobacco smoke exposure (TSE) remains a public health priority. However, there is low uptake and ineffectiveness of treatment, particularly in low-income populations that face numerous cha...

    Bradley N. Collins and Stephen J. Lepore

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:249

    Published on: 14 March 2017

  6. Research article

    The association between symptoms of mental disorders and health risk behaviours in Vietnamese HIV positive outpatients: a cross-sectional study

    A high prevalence of symptoms of mental disorders (SOMD) has been found among people living with HIV/AIDS (PLHIV). Additionally, SOMD may impact on the prevalence of high-risk health behaviours (HRB). This stu...

    Truc T. Thai, Mairwen K. Jones, Lynne M. Harris and Robert C. Heard

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:250

    Published on: 14 March 2017

  7. Study protocol

    Metabolic risk management, physical exercise and lifestyle counselling in low-active adults: controlled randomized trial (BELLUGAT)

    The primary aim of this study is to evaluate the effectiveness of different doses (intensity) of supervised exercise training — concomitant with lifestyle counselling — as a primary care intervention tool for ...

    Assumpta Ensenyat, Gemma Espigares-Tribo, Leonardo Machado, Francisco José Verdejo, Rosa Rodriguez-Arregui, José Serrano, Marta Miret, Gisela Galindo, Alfonso Blanco, Josep-Ramon Marsal, Susana Sarriegui, Xenia Sinfreu-Bergues and Noemi Serra-Paya

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:257

    Published on: 14 March 2017

  8. Research article

    Building the evidence base for stigma and discrimination-reduction programming in Thailand: development of tools to measure healthcare stigma and discrimination

    HIV-related stigma and discrimination (S&D) are recognized as key impediments to controlling the HIV epidemic. S&D are particularly detrimental within health care settings because people who are at risk of HIV...

    Kriengkrai Srithanaviboonchai, Melissa Stockton, Nareerut Pudpong, Suwat Chariyalertsak, Phusit Prakongsai, Chonlisa Chariyalertsak, Piyathida Smutraprapoot and Laura Nyblade

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:245

    Published on: 11 March 2017

  9. Study protocol

    Pragmatic randomised controlled trial to evaluate the effectiveness and cost effectiveness of a multi-component intervention to reduce substance use and risk-taking behaviour in adolescents involved in the criminal justice system: A trial protocol (RISKIT-CJS)

    Adolescence is a critical developmental stage when young people make lifestyle choices that have the potential to impact on their current and future health and social wellbeing. The relationship between substa...

    Simon Coulton, Kelly Stockdale, Catherine Marchand, Nadine Hendrie, Jenny Billings, Sadie Boniface, Steve Butler, Paolo Deluca, Colin Drummond, Dorothy Newbury-Birch, Tracy Pellatt-Higgins, Alex Stevens, Alex Sutherland and Ed Wilson

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:246

    Published on: 11 March 2017

  10. Research article

    Fun, influence and competence—a mixed methods study of prerequisites for high school students’ participation in physical education

    Many adolescents do not reach the recommended levels of physical activity (PA), and students attending vocational studies are less committed to take part in physical education (PE) than other students. The pur...

    Eirik Abildsnes, Gudrun Rohde, Sveinung Berntsen and Tonje H. Stea

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:241

    Published on: 10 March 2017

  11. Research article

    Social support and intimate partner violence during pregnancy among women attending antenatal care in Moshi Municipality, Northern Tanzania

    Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) is a significant public health problem with negative health consequences for women and their pregnancies. While social support has a protective effect against IPV and reduces he...

    Geofrey Nimrod Sigalla, Vibeke Rasch, Tine Gammeltoft, Dan Wolf Meyrowitsch, Jane Rogathi, Rachel Manongi and Declare Mushi

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:240

    Published on: 9 March 2017

  12. Research article

    A household survey of medicine storage practices in Gondar town, northwestern Ethiopia

    Household surveys are crucial to get accurate information on how medicines are acquired, and used by consumers, as they provide the best evidence in the area. The objective of this study was to document househ...

    Fitsum Sebsibe Teni, Abdrrahman Shemsu Surur, Assefa Belay, Dawit Wondimsigegn, Dessalegn Asmelashe Gelayee, Zewdneh Shewamene, Befikadu Legesse and Eshetie Melese Birru

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:238

    Published on: 9 March 2017

  13. Research article

    Age, period and cohort effects on suicide mortality in Russia, 1956−2005

    Russian suicide mortality rates changed rapidly over the second half of the twentieth century. This study attempts to differentiate between underlying period and cohort effects in relation to the changes in su...

    Tanya Jukkala, Andrew Stickley, Ilkka Henrik Mäkinen, Aleksei Baburin and Pär Sparén

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:235

    Published on: 7 March 2017

  14. Research article

    Psychosocial determinants of HIV testing across stages of change in Spanish population: a cross-sectional national survey

    The goal of this research is to study the psychosocial determinants of HIV-testing as a function of the decision or change stage concerning this health behavior. The determinants considered in the major ongoin...

    Maria Jose Fuster-RuizdeApodaca, Ana Laguia, Fernando Molero, Javier Toledo, Arantxa Arrillaga and Angeles Jaen

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:234

    Published on: 7 March 2017

  15. Research article

    Lifestyles and socio-cultural factors among children aged 6–8 years from five Italian towns: the MAPEC_LIFE study cohort

    Lifestyles profoundly determine the quality of an individual’s health and life since his childhood. Many diseases in adulthood are avoidable if health-risk behaviors are identified and improved at an early sta...

    Francesco Bagordo, Antonella De Donno, Tiziana Grassi, Marcello Guido, Gabriele Devoti, Elisabetta Ceretti, Claudia Zani, Donatella Feretti, Milena Villarini, Massimo Moretti, Tania Salvatori, Annalaura Carducci, Marco Verani, Beatrice Casini, Sara Bonetta, Elisabetta Carraro…

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:233

    Published on: 7 March 2017

  16. Research article

    Systematic development and implementation of interventions to OPtimise Health Literacy and Access (Ophelia)

    The need for healthcare strengthening to enhance equity is critical, requiring systematic approaches that focus on those experiencing lesser access and outcomes. This project developed and tested the Ophelia (...

    Alison Beauchamp, Roy W. Batterham, Sarity Dodson, Brad Astbury, Gerald R. Elsworth, Crystal McPhee, Jeanine Jacobson, Rachelle Buchbinder and Richard H. Osborne

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:230

    Published on: 3 March 2017

  17. Research article

    Factor structure and internal reliability of an exercise health belief model scale in a Mexican population

    Mexico is one of the countries with the highest rates of overweight and obesity around the world, with 68.8% of men and 73% of women reporting both. This is a public health problem since there are several heal...

    Oscar Armando Esparza-Del Villar, Priscila Montañez-Alvarado, Marisela Gutiérrez-Vega, Irene Concepción Carrillo-Saucedo, Gloria Margarita Gurrola-Peña, Norma Alicia Ruvalcaba-Romero, María Dolores García-Sánchez and Sergio Gabriel Ochoa-Alcaraz

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:229

    Published on: 1 March 2017

  18. Research article

    User-experiences with a web-based self-help intervention for partners of cancer patients based on acceptance and commitment therapy and self-compassion: a qualitative study

    Partners of cancer patients are the cornerstone of supportive cancer care. They assume different roles and responsibilities that optimally support the patient. Such support is highly demanding, and many partne...

    Nadine Köhle, Constance H. C. Drossaert, Jasmijn Jaran, Karlein M. G. Schreurs, Irma M. Verdonck-de Leeuw and Ernst T. Bohlmeijer

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:225

    Published on: 28 February 2017

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