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Biostatistics and methods

This section aims to publish studies looking at statistical models and methods and their application to problems of human health and disease.

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  1. Content type: Research article

    Modern activity trackers, including the Fitbit Zip, enable the measurement of both the step count as well as physical activity (PA) intensities. However, there is a need for field-based validation studies in a...

    Authors: Kerli Mooses, Marek Oja, Sulev Reisberg, Jaak Vilo and Merike Kull

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:858

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  2. Content type: Research article

    Comparability of 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25(OH)D) measurements is hampered by method-related differences in measurement values. International standardization of laboratory assays has been suggested to solve this ...

    Authors: Martina Rabenberg, Christa Scheidt-Nave, Markus A. Busch, Michael Thamm, Nina Rieckmann, Ramón A. Durazo-Arvizu, Kirsten G. Dowling, Zuzana Škrabáková, Kevin D. Cashman, Christopher T. Sempos and Gert B. M. Mensink

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:845

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  3. Content type: Technical advance

    Food system function is vulnerable to disruption from a variety of sources. Disruption of the processes required for food provision may result in decreases in food security in affected communities. Currently, ...

    Authors: Gwen M. Chodur, Xilei Zhao, Erin Biehl, Judith Mitrani-Reiser and Roni Neff

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:817

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  4. Content type: Research article

    Knowledge of the reproducibility of domain-specific accelerometer-determined physical activity (PA) estimates are a prerequisite to conduct high-quality epidemiological studies. The aim of this study was to de...

    Authors: Eivind Aadland, Lars Bo Andersen, Ulf Ekelund, Sigmund Alfred Anderssen and Geir Kåre Resaland

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:821

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  5. Content type: Research article

    Body composition alterations, or lipodystrophy, can lead to serious health problems in people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA). The objectives of this study are to predict and validate sex-specific anthropometric ...

    Authors: André P. dos Santos, Anderson M. Navarro, Andiara Schwingel, Thiago C. Alves, Pedro P. Abdalla, Ana Claudia R. Venturini, Rodrigo C. de Santana and Dalmo R. L. Machado

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:806

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  6. Content type: Research article

    Tackling the social determinants of Tuberculosis (TB) through social protection is a key element of the post-2015 End TB Strategy. However, evidence informing policies are still scarce. Mathematical modelling ...

    Authors: D. Boccia, W. Rudgard, S. Shrestha, K. Lönnroth, P. Eckhoff, J. Golub, M. Sanchez, E. Maciel, D. Rasella, P. Shete, D. Pedrazzoli, R. Houben, S. Chang and D. Dowdy

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:786

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  7. Content type: Research article

    Health and socioeconomic status (SES) are linked in studies worldwide. Measures of SES exist for many countries, however not for Saudi Arabia (SA). We describe two indices of area-based SES for SA.

    Authors: Reem S. AlOmar, Roger C. Parslow and Graham R. Law

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:791

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  8. Content type: Research article

    In low-income countries it is difficult to obtain complete data that show spatial heterogeneity in the risk of tuberculosis within-and-between smaller administrative units. This may contribute to the partial e...

    Authors: Sebsibe Tadesse, Fikre Enqueselassie and Seifu Hagos Gebreyesus

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:783

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  9. Content type: Research article

    With declining rates of participation in epidemiological studies there is an important need to attempt to understand what factors might affect response. This study examines the pattern of response at different...

    Authors: Emma Green, Holly Bennett, Carol Brayne and Fiona E. Matthews

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:760

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Accurate measurement of body composition in children and adolescents is important as the quantities of fat and fat-free mass have implications for health risk. The objectives of the present study were: to dete...

    Authors: Catherine T. Ndagire, John H. Muyonga, Dan Isabirye, Benard Odur, Serge M. A. Somda, Richard Bukenya, Juan E. Andrade and Dorothy Nakimbugwe

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:687

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Syndromic surveillance complements traditional public health surveillance by collecting and analysing health indicators in near real time. The rationale of syndromic surveillance is that it may detect health t...

    Authors: Felipe J. Colón-González, Iain R. Lake, Roger A. Morbey, Alex J. Elliot, Richard Pebody and Gillian E. Smith

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:544

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  12. Content type: Research article

    As a common infectious disease, hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) is affected by multiple environmental and socioeconomic factors, and its pathogenesis is complex. Furthermore, the transmission of HFMD is ch...

    Authors: Lianfa Li, Wenyang Qiu, Chengdong Xu and Jinfeng Wang

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:274

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  13. Content type: Research article

    The decreasing suicide rate in China has been regarded as a major contributor to the decline of global suicide rate in the past decade. However, previous estimations on China’s suicide rates might not be accur...

    Authors: Feng Sha, Qingsong Chang, Yik Wa Law, Qi Hong and Paul S. F. Yip

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:239

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Venues form part of the sampling frame for time-location sampling, an approach often used for HIV surveillance. While sampling location is often regarded as a nuisance factor, venues may play a central role in...

    Authors: Lydia N. Drumright, Sharon S. Weir and Simon D. W. Frost

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:225

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  15. Content type: Research article

    Evaluation and monitoring methods are often unable to identify crucial elements of success or failure of integrated community-wide approaches aiming to tackle childhood overweight and obesity, yet difficult to...

    Authors: K. Mantziki, C. M. Renders, M. J. Westerman, J. Mayer, J. M. Borys and J. C. Seidell

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:189

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  16. Content type: Research article

    Failure to include socio-economically deprived or ethnic minority groups in physical activity (PA) trials may limit representativeness and could lead to implementation of interventions that then increase healt...

    Authors: Sally M. Kerry, Katy E. Morgan, Elizabeth Limb, Derek G. Cook, Cheryl Furness, Iain Carey, Steve DeWilde, Christina R. Victor, Steve Iliffe, Peter Whincup, Michael Ussher, Ulf Ekelund, Julia Fox-Rushby, Judith Ibison and Tess Harris

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:170

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  17. Content type: Research article

    A wide range of diseases show some degree of clustering in families; family history is therefore an important aspect for clinicians when making risk predictions. Familial aggregation is often quantified in ter...

    Authors: Morten Valberg, Mats Julius Stensrud and Odd O. Aalen

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:135

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Despite the increasing interest in place effect to explain health inequalities, there is currently no consensus on which kind of area-based socioeconomic measures researchers should use to assess neighborhood ...

    Authors: Sofia Temam, Raphaëlle Varraso, Carole Pornet, Margaux Sanchez, Aurélie Affret, Bénédicte Jacquemin, Françoise Clavel-Chapelon, Grégoire Rey, Stéphane Rican and Nicole Le Moual

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:956

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  19. Content type: Research article

    A person’s participation is acknowledged as an important outcome of the rehabilitation process. The Participation Scale (P-Scale) is an instrument that was designed to assess the participation of individuals w...

    Authors: Mariana Angélica Peixoto Souza, Wendy Jane Coster, Marisa Cotta Mancini, Fabiana Caetano Martins Silva Dutra, Jessica Kramer and Rosana Ferreira Sampaio

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:934

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