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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. The media serves as an important link between medical research, as reported in scholarly sources, and the public and has the potential to act as a powerful tool to improve public health. However, concerns abou...

    Authors: Dena Zeraatkar, Michael Obeda, Jeffrey S. Ginsberg and Jack Hirsh

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:343

    Content type: Research article

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  2. Public health surveillance is not ethically neutral and yet, ethics guidance and training for surveillance programmes is sparse. Development of ethics guidance should be based on comprehensive and transparentl...

    Authors: Corinna Klingler, Diego Steven Silva, Christopher Schuermann, Andreas Alois Reis, Abha Saxena and Daniel Strech

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:295

    Content type: Research article

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  3. In public health monitoring of young people it is critical to understand the effects of selective non-response, in particular when a controversial topic is involved like substance abuse or sexual behaviour. Re...

    Authors: Kei Long Cheung, Peter M. ten Klooster, Cees Smit, Hein de Vries and Marcel E. Pieterse

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:276

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  4. Social exclusion (SE) refers to the inability of certain groups or individuals to fully participate in society. SE is associated with socioeconomic inequalities in health, and its measurement in routine public...

    Authors: Addi P. L. van Bergen, Stella J. M. Hoff, Hanneke Schreurs, Annelies van Loon and Albert M. van Hemert

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:253

    Content type: Research article

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  5. Disability Adjusted Life Years (DALYs) quantify the loss of healthy years of life due to dying prematurely and due to living with diseases and injuries. Current methods of attributing DALYs to underlying risk ...

    Authors: Hendriek C. Boshuizen, Wilma J. Nusselder, Marjanne H.D. Plasmans, Henk H. Hilderink, Bianca E.P. Snijders, René Poos and Coen H. van Gool

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:197

    Content type: Technical advance

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  6. In aggregate studies, ecological indices are used to study the influence of socioeconomic status on health. Their main limitation is ecological bias. This study assesses the misclassification of individual soc...

    Authors: Josephine Bryere, Carole Pornet, Nane Copin, Ludivine Launay, Gaëlle Gusto, Pascale Grosclaude, Cyrille Delpierre, Thierry Lang, Olivier Lantieri, Olivier Dejardin and Guy Launoy

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:86

    Content type: Research article

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  7. To date, many epidemiologic studies examining associations between obesity and dietary and sedentary/physical activity behaviors have focused on assessing Body Mass Index (BMI) at one point in time. Recent dev...

    Authors: Maaike Koning, Trynke Hoekstra, Elske de Jong, Tommy L. S. Visscher, Jacob C. Seidell and Carry M. Renders

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:1128

    Content type: Research article

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  8. Several low and middle-income countries (LMIC) use Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) and/or Health and Demographic Surveillance System (HDSS) to monitor the health of their population. The level and trends ...

    Authors: Amare Deribew, John Ojal, Boniface Karia, Evasius Bauni and Mark Oteinde

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:1118

    Content type: Research article

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  9. Thyroid cancer has been rapidly rising in incidence in Canada; however, in contrast, lung cancer appears to be decreasing in incidence in Canadian men and stable in women. Moreover, disease-related mortality r...

    Authors: Patrick Brown, Hedy Jiang, Shereen Ezzat and Anna M. Sawka

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:950

    Content type: Research article

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  10. The distribution of birth intervals can be used to draw attention to important characteristics of dynamics of fertility process. The main objective of this paper is to examine the effects of socioeconomic, dem...

    Authors: Jahidur Rahman Khan, Wasimul Bari and A. H. M. Mahbub Latif

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:934

    Content type: Research Article

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    The Erratum to this article has been published in BMC Public Health 2016 16:1088

  11. Long-term multicentre studies are subject to numerous factors that may affect the integrity of their conclusions. Quality control and standardization of data collection are crucial to minimise the biases induc...

    Authors: Fabrice Ruiz, Marcel Goldberg, Sylvie Lemonnier, Anna Ozguler, Evelyne Boos, Alain Brigand, Violaine Giraud, Thierry Perez, Nicolas Roche and Marie Zins

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:877

    Content type: Research article

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  12. In Spain, several ecological studies have analyzed trends in socioeconomic inequalities in mortality from all causes in urban areas over time. However, the results of these studies are quite heterogeneous find...

    Authors: Marc Marí-Dell’Olmo, Mercè Gotsens, Laia Palència, Maica Rodríguez-Sanz, Miguel A. Martinez-Beneito, Mónica Ballesta, Montse Calvo, Lluís Cirera, Antonio Daponte, Felicitas Domínguez-Berjón, Ana Gandarillas, Natividad Izco Goñi, Carmen Martos, Conchi Moreno-Iribas, Andreu Nolasco, Diego Salmerón…

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:663

    Content type: Research article

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  13. Different analytical techniques have been used to study the determinants of overweight. However, certain commonly used techniques may be limited by the continuous nature and skewed distribution of body mass in...

    Authors: Leidjaira Lopes Juvanhol, Raquel Martins Lana, Renata Cabrelli, Leonardo Soares Bastos, Aline Araújo Nobre, Lúcia Rotenberg and Rosane Härter Griep

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:642

    Content type: Research article

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  14. The purpose of this study is to propose the Least Absolute Shrinkage and Selection Operators procedure (LASSO) as an alternative to conventional variable selection models, as it allows for easy interpretation ...

    Authors: Susanne Mueller-Using, Torsten Feldt, Fred Stephen Sarfo and Kirsten Alexandra Eberhardt

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:563

    Content type: Research article

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  15. Influenza is rarely confirmed with laboratory testing and accurate assessment of the overall burden of influenza is difficult. We used statistical modelling methods to generate updated, granular estimates of t...

    Authors: Gonçalo Matias, Robert J. Taylor, François Haguinet, Cynthia Schuck-Paim, Roger L. Lustig and Douglas M. Fleming

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:481

    Content type: Research article

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  16. Alcohol-related harm is a major global health issue, and controls on alcohol marketing are one intervention utilized by governments. This study investigated the use of Google Street View (GSV) as a novel resea...

    Authors: Chris Clews, Roza Brajkovich-Payne, Emily Dwight, Ayob Ahmad Fauzul, Madeleine Burton, Olivia Carleton, Julie Cook, Charlotte Deroles, Ruby Faulkner, Mary Furniss, Anahera Herewini, Daymen Huband, Nerissa Jones, Cho Wool Kim, Alice Li, Jacky Lu…

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:442

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  17. Improving knowledge about influenza transmission is crucial to upgrade surveillance network and to develop accurate predicting models to enhance public health intervention strategies. Epidemics usually occur i...

    Authors: Marion Roussel, Dominique Pontier, Jean-Marie Cohen, Bruno Lina and David Fouchet

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:441

    Content type: Research article

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  18. Estimates of the burden of disease caused by a particular agent are used to assist in making policy and prioritizing actions. Most estimations have employed the attributable fraction approach, which estimates ...

    Authors: Lin Fritschi, Jayzii Chan, Sally J. Hutchings, Tim R. Driscoll, Adrian Y. W. Wong and Renee N. Carey

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:386

    Content type: Technical advance

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  19. It is important to screen for alcohol consumption and drinking customs in a standardized manner. The aim of this study was 1) to investigate whether the AUDIT score is useful for predicting hazardous drinking ...

    Authors: Hideki Fujii, Naoki Nishimoto, Seiko Yamaguchi, Osamu Kurai, Masato Miyano, Wataru Ueda, Hiroko Oba, Tetsuya Aoki, Norifumi Kawada and Kiyotaka Okawa

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:379

    Content type: Research article

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  20. The lifestyles of family caregivers pose risks to their physical, mental and social health. The capability to stay healthy may be protective in the context of poor socioeconomic conditions and risk behaviours,...

    Authors: Barbara Bucki, Elisabeth Spitz, Anne-Marie Etienne, Etienne Le Bihan and Michèle Baumann

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:364

    Content type: Research article

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  21. To determine the clinical effectiveness of statins on cardiovascular mortality in practice, observational studies are needed. Control for confounding is essential in any observational study. Falsification end-...

    Authors: Maarten J. Bijlsma, Stijn Vansteelandt, Fanny Janssen and Eelko Hak

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:303

    Content type: Research article

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  22. Both adolescent substance use and adolescent depression are major public health problems, and have the tendency to co-occur. Thousands of articles on adolescent substance use or depression have been published....

    Authors: Shi-Heng Wang, Yijun Ding, Weizhong Zhao, Yung-Hsiang Huang, Roger Perkins, Wen Zou and James J. Chen

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:279

    Content type: Research article

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  23. In order to begin to address the burden of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in sub-Saharan Africa, high quality community-based epidemiological studies from the region are urgently needed. Cluster-designed sam...

    Authors: John W. Stanifer, Joseph R Egger, Elizabeth L. Turner, Nathan Thielman and Uptal D. Patel

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:226

    Content type: Research article

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  24. Obesity is a world-wide epidemic whose prevalence is underestimated by BMI measurements, but CUN-BAE (Clínica Universidad de Navarra - Body Adiposity Estimator) estimates the percentage of body fat (BF) while ...

    Authors: Vicente Martín, Verónica Dávila-Batista, Jesús Castilla, Pere Godoy, Miguel Delgado-Rodríguez, Nuria Soldevila, Antonio J. Molina, Tania Fernandez-Villa, Jenaro Astray, Ady Castro, Fernando González-Candelas, José María Mayoral, José María Quintana and Angela Domínguez

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:82

    Content type: Research article

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  25. To improve understanding of the pathophysiology of hypertension in adolescents and pave the way for risk stratification, studies have sought to determine the correlates of blood pressure (BP). Inconsistencies ...

    Authors: Ashley L. Devonshire, Erin R. Hager, Maureen M. Black, Marie Diener-West, Nicholas Tilton and Soren Snitker

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:78

    Content type: Research article

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  26. Construction workers in South Africa are regarded as a high-risk group in the context of HIV/AIDS. HIV testing is pivotal to controlling HIV transmission and providing palliative care and AIDS-related knowledg...

    Authors: Paul Bowen, Rajen Govender and Peter Edwards

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:70

    Content type: Research article

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  27. There is limited availability of context-specific physical activity questionnaires in low and middle income countries. The aim of this study was to develop and examine the validity of a new Indian physical act...

    Authors: Mika Matsuzaki, Ruth Sullivan, Ulf Ekelund, KV Radha Krishna, Bharati Kulkarni, Tim Collier, Yoav Ben-Shlomo, Sanjay Kinra and Hannah Kuper

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:48

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  28. The exponential increase in health-related online platforms has made the Internet one of the main sources of health information globally. The quality of health contents disseminated on the Internet has been a ...

    Authors: Gabriele Sak, Nicola Diviani, Ahmed Allam and Peter J. Schulz

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:38

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  29. The methods currently available to estimate age- and sex-specific mortality rates for sub-populations are subject to a number of important limitations. We propose two alternative multivariable approaches: a re...

    Authors: Bernard Rachet, Camille Maringe, Laura M. Woods, Libby Ellis, Devon Spika and Claudia Allemani

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2015 15:1240

    Content type: Technical advance

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  30. Lived health and biological health are two different perspectives of health introduced by the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF). Since in the concept of lived health the ...

    Authors: Cristina Bostan, Cornelia Oberhauser, Gerold Stucki, Jerome Bickenbach and Alarcos Cieza

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2015 15:508

    Content type: Research article

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  31. Health literacy, or the ability to access, understand, appraise and apply health information, is central to individuals’ health and well-being. A comprehensive, concept-based measure of most dimensions of heal...

    Authors: Kazuhiro Nakayama, Wakako Osaka, Taisuke Togari, Hirono Ishikawa, Yuki Yonekura, Ai Sekido and Masayoshi Matsumoto

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2015 15:505

    Content type: Research article

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  32. Accelerometry non-wear time rules might affect sedentary time, and the associations with health outcomes such as adiposity. However, the exact effect of different non-wear time rules on sedentary time and repo...

    Authors: Xanne Janssen, Laura Basterfield, Kathryn N. Parkinson, Mark S. Pearce, Jessica K. Reilly, Ashley J. Adamson and John J. Reilly

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2015 15:504

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  33. Though numbers alone may be insufficient to capture the nuances of population health, they provide a common language of appraisal and furnish clear evidence of disparities and inequalities. Over the past 30 ye...

    Authors: Richard Rothenberg, Christine Stauber, Scott Weaver, Dajun Dai, Amit Prasad and Megumi Kano

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2015 15:494

    Content type: Review

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  34. Behaviour risk factor surveillance (BRFS) data can be an important source of information for studying changes in various health outcomes and risk factors. Results obtained from surveillance data analysis are v...

    Authors: Shireen Assaf and Stefano Campostrini

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2015 15:489

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  35. Other forms of tobacco use are increasing in prevalence, yet most tobacco control efforts are aimed at cigarettes. In light of this, it is important to identify individuals who are using both cigarettes and al...

    Authors: Yang Lei, Nikki Nollen, Jasjit S Ahluwahlia, Qing Yu and Matthew S Mayo

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2015 15:341

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  36. Traditional linear regression analyses have detected increasing trends in the incidence of overweight/obesity among both genders in China. However, these previous regression analyses were limited in their abil...

    Authors: Yifei Ouyang, Huijun Wang, Chang Su, Zhihong Wang, Yiqi Song, Yingting Xiao, Wenwen Du and Bing Zhang

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2015 15:278

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  37. The risk of a child dying before reaching five years of age is highest in Sub-Saharan African countries. But Child mortality rates have shown substantial decline in Ethiopia. It is important to identify factor...

    Authors: Dawit G Ayele, Temesgen T Zewotir and Henry G Mwambi

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2015 15:268

    Content type: Research article

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  38. The relationship between social capital and self-rated health has been documented in many developed compared to developing countries. Because social capital and health play important roles in development, it m...

    Authors: Yan Kwan Lau and John E Ataguba

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2015 15:266

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  39. In recent years publications have called for increased use of administrative data for research; predicted that use would rise; and discussed possible ethical parameters for that use. This paper describes the n...

    Authors: Lucy F Telfar Barnard, Michael G Baker, Simon Hales and Philippa Howden-Chapman

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2015 15:246

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  40. The Tanzanian Government started scaling up its antiretroviral treatment (ART) program from referral, regional and district hospitals to primary health care facilities in October 2004. In 2010, most ART clinic...

    Authors: Francis Levira, Abela Mpobela Agnarson, Honorati Masanja, Basia Zaba, Anna Mia Ekström and Anna Thorson

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2015 15:195

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  41. Smoking prevalence varies over time and place due to various social, environmental and policy influences. However, its spatio-temporal patterns at small-area level are poorly understood. This paper attempts to...

    Authors: Gang Meng, K Stephen Brown and Mary E Thompson

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2015 15:182

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  42. Psychosocial stress at work has been recognised as one of the most important factors behind the increase in sick leave due to stress-related mental disorders. It is therefore important to be able to measure pe...

    Authors: Emina Hadzibajramovic, Gunnar Ahlborg Jr, Anna Grimby-Ekman and Åsa Lundgren-Nilsson

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2015 15:180

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  43. Aggregated measures are often employed when prevalence, risk factors and consequences of alcohol use in the population are monitored. In order to avoid time-dependent bias in aggregated measures, reference per...

    Authors: Ann Kristin Knudsen and Jens Christoffer Skogen

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2015 15:172

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  44. Emerging novel influenza outbreaks have increasingly been a threat to the public and a major concern of public health departments. Real-time data in seamless surveillance systems such as health insurance claim...

    Authors: Ta-Chien Chan, Yung-Chu Teng and Jing-Shiang Hwang

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2015 15:168

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  45. Existing physical activity surveys have not been validated for use with low-income overweight and obese young mothers. This study aimed to validate the Pregnancy Infection and Nutrition 3 (PIN3) physical activ...

    Authors: Mei-Wei Chang, Derek Hales, Roger Brown, Dianne Ward, Ken Resnicow and Susan Nitzke

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2015 15:121

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