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

    Effects of a multi-level intervention on the pattern of physical activity among in-school adolescents in Oyo state Nigeria: a cluster randomised trial

    Physical inactivity contributes to the global burden of non-communicable diseases. The pattern of physical activity in adulthood are often established during adolescence and sedentary behaviours in the early y...

    Mojisola Morenike Oluwasanu and Oladimeji Oladepo

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:833

    Published on: 23 October 2017

  2. Study protocol

    Silence is deadly: a cluster-randomised controlled trial of a mental health help-seeking intervention for young men

    Young men are consistently less likely to seek help for mental health problems than their female peers. This is particularly concerning given the high rates of suicide among male adolescents. The school system...

    Alison L. Calear, Michelle Banfield, Philip J. Batterham, Alyssa R. Morse, Owen Forbes, Bradley Carron-Arthur and Martin Fisk

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:834

    Published on: 23 October 2017

  3. Research article

    Health impacts of chemical irritants used for crowd control: a systematic review of the injuries and deaths caused by tear gas and pepper spray

    Chemical irritants used in crowd control, such as tear gases and pepper sprays, are generally considered to be safe and to cause only transient pain and lacrimation. However, there are numerous reports that us...

    Rohini J. Haar, Vincent Iacopino, Nikhil Ranadive, Sheri D. Weiser and Madhavi Dandu

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:831

    Published on: 19 October 2017

  4. Research article

    Exploring the impact of the care sport connector in the Netherlands

    Regular physical activity (PA) is deemed to contribute to the primary and secondary prevention of several chronic diseases, like diabetes mellitus, cancer, cardiovascular diseases, and osteoporosis. In 2012, C...

    Karlijn E. F. Leenaars, Eva Smit, Annemarie Wagemakers, Gerard R. M. Molleman and Maria A. Koelen

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:813

    Published on: 16 October 2017

  5. Research article

    Designing equitable workplace dietary interventions: perceptions of intervention deliverers

    Workplaces are a good setting for interventions that aim to support workers in achieving a healthier diet and body weight. However, little is known about the factors that impact on the feasibility and implemen...

    Sarah A. Smith, Shelina Visram, Claire O’Malley, Carolyn Summerbell, Vera Araujo-Soares, Frances Hillier-Brown and Amelia A. Lake

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:808

    Published on: 16 October 2017

  6. Research article

    The impact of multiple interventions to reduce household exposure to second-hand tobacco smoke among women: a cluster randomized controlled trial in Kalutara district, Sri Lanka

    Second-hand smoke (SHS) in households remains a serious public health problem in Sri Lanka, partly due to a lack of voluntary prohibitions of tobacco smoking inside houses. Women are especially at risk of bein...

    A. M. A. A. P. Alagiyawanna, N. Rajapaksa –Hewageegana and N. Gunawardena

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:810

    Published on: 16 October 2017

  7. Research article

    Determinants of self-rated health among shanghai elders: a cross-sectional study

    As the most populous nation in the world, China has now becoming an emerging ageing society. Shanghai is the first city facing the challenge of ageing demographics. Against this background, a study that employ...

    Weizhen Dong, Jin Wan, Yanjun Xu, Chun Chen, Ge Bai, Lyuying Fang, Anjiang Sun, Yinghua Yang and Ying Wang

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:807

    Published on: 13 October 2017

  8. Research article

    Potential return on investment of a family-centered early childhood intervention: a cost-effectiveness analysis

    ParentCorps is a family-centered enhancement to pre-kindergarten programming in elementary schools and early education centers. When implemented in high-poverty, urban elementary schools serving primarily Blac...

    Negin Hajizadeh, Elizabeth R. Stevens, Melanie Applegate, Keng-Yen Huang, Dimitra Kamboukos, R. Scott Braithwaite and Laurie M. Brotman

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:796

    Published on: 10 October 2017

  9. Research article

    Australian consumer perspectives, attitudes and behaviours on antibiotic use and antibiotic resistance: a qualitative study with implications for public health policy and practice

    Consumers receive over 27 million antibiotic prescriptions annually in Australian primary healthcare. Hence, consumers are a key group to engage in the fight against antibiotic resistance. There is a paucity o...

    Elaine P. M. Lum, Katie Page, Lisa Nissen, Jenny Doust and Nicholas Graves

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:799

    Published on: 10 October 2017

  10. Research article

    Contraceptive knowledge, perceptions, and concerns among men in Uganda

    Low contraceptive uptake and high unmet need for contraception remain significant issues in Uganda compared to neighboring countries such as Kenya, Ethiopia, and Rwanda. Although prior research on contraceptiv...

    Nityanjali Thummalachetty, Sanyukta Mathur, Margo Mullinax, Kelsea DeCosta, Neema Nakyanjo, Tom Lutalo, Heena Brahmbhatt and John S. Santelli

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:792

    Published on: 10 October 2017

  11. Research article

    Knowledge, attitude and behaviour towards the use of insecticide treated mosquito nets among pregnant women and children in rural Southwestern Uganda

    The burden of malaria in Uganda remains unacceptably high, especially among children and pregnant women. To prevent malaria related complications, household possession and use of Insecticide Treated mosquito N...

    Ivan M. Taremwa, Scholastic Ashaba, Harriet O. Adrama, Carlrona Ayebazibwe, Daniel Omoding, Imelda Kemeza, Jane Yatuha, Thadeus Turuho, Noni E. MacDonald and Robert Hilliard

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:794

    Published on: 10 October 2017

  12. Research article

    How participants report their health status: cognitive interviews of self-rated health across race/ethnicity, gender, age, and educational attainment

    Self-rated health (SRH) is widely used to measure subjective health. Yet it is unclear what underlies health ratings, with implications for understanding the validity of SRH overall and across sociodemographic...

    Dana Garbarski, Jennifer Dykema, Kenneth D. Croes and Dorothy F. Edwards

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:771

    Published on: 4 October 2017

  13. Research article

    Socioeconomic inequalities in suicide mortality before and after the economic recession in Spain

    An increase in suicide mortality is often observed in economic recessions. The objective of this study was to analyse trends in socioeconomic inequalities in suicide mortality before and during the economic re...

    Carme Borrell, Marc Marí-Dell’Olmo, Mercè Gotsens, Montse Calvo, Maica Rodríguez-Sanz, Xavier Bartoll and Santiago Esnaola

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:772

    Published on: 4 October 2017

  14. Research article

    Assessment of fidelity in individual level behaviour change interventions promoting physical activity among adults: a systematic review

    Behaviour change interventions that promote physical activity have major implications for health and well-being. Measuring intervention fidelity is crucial in determining the extent to which an intervention is...

    Jeffrey D. Lambert, Colin J. Greaves, Paul Farrand, Rosina Cross, Anne M. Haase and Adrian H. Taylor

    BMC Public Health 2017 17:765

    Published on: 2 October 2017

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