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BMC Public Health

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. Content type: Research article

    Peer support by persons affected with diabetes improves peer supporter’s diabetes self-management skills. Peer support interventions by individuals who have diabetes or are affected by diabetes have been shown...

    Authors: Sonal J. Patil, Todd Ruppar, Richelle J. Koopman, Erik J. Lindbloom, Susan G. Elliott, David R. Mehr and Vicki S. Conn

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:398

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  2. Content type: Research article

    Children participate in four main types of physical activity: organized sport, active travel, outdoor active play, and curriculum-based physical activity. The objective of this study was to develop a valid app...

    Authors: Michael M. Borghese and Ian Janssen

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:396

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  3. Content type: Research article

    Tobacco companies argue that the decision to smoke is made by well-informed rational adults who have considered all the risks and benefits of smoking. Yet in promoting their products, the tobacco industry freq...

    Authors: Lucy Popova, Daniel Owusu, Scott R. Weaver, Catherine B. Kemp, C. K. Mertz, Terry F. Pechacek and Paul Slovic

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:395

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  4. Content type: Research article

    Physical activity (PA) remains the primary behavioral outcome associated with school recess, while many other potentially relevant indicators of recess remain unexamined. Few studies have assessed observations...

    Authors: William V. Massey, Megan B. Stellino, Sean P. Mullen, Jennette Claassen and Megan Wilkison

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:394

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  5. Content type: Research article

    Depression is the largest contributor to disease burden globally. The evidence favouring physical activity as a treatment for mild-to-moderate depression is extensive and relatively uncontested. It is unclear,...

    Authors: Katarzyna Karolina Machaczek, Peter Allmark, Elizabeth Goyder, Gordon Grant, Tom Ricketts, Nick Pollard, Andrew Booth, Deborah Harrop, Stephanie de-la Haye, Karen Collins and Geoff Green

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:392

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  6. Content type: Research article

    Community-led total sanitation (CLTS) is a widely used, community-based approach to tackle open defecation and its health-related problems. Although CLTS has been shown to be successful in previous studies, li...

    Authors: Miriam Harter, Sebastian Mosch and Hans-Joachim Mosler

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:387

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  7. Content type: Research article

    Despite robust evidence for their effectiveness, it has proven difficult to translate alcohol prevention activities into routine health care practice. Previous research has identified numerous provider-level b...

    Authors: Amy O’Donnell, Latifa Abidi, Jamie Brown, Nadine Karlsson, Per Nilsen, Kerstin Roback, Janna Skagerström and Kristin Thomas

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:391

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  8. Content type: Study protocol

    There is a recognised need for targeted community-wide mental health strategies and interventions aimed specifically at prevention and early intervention in promoting mental health. Young males are a high need...

    Authors: Stewart A. Vella, Christian Swann, Marijka Batterham, Katherine M. Boydell, Simon Eckermann, Andrea Fogarty, Diarmuid Hurley, Sarah K. Liddle, Chris Lonsdale, Andrew Miller, Michael Noetel, Anthony D. Okely, Taren Sanders, Joanne Telenta and Frank P. Deane

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:390

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Bedtime routines has shown important associations with areas associated with child wellbeing and development. Research into bedtime routines is limited with studies mainly focusing on quality of sleep. The obj...

    Authors: George Kitsaras, Michaela Goodwin, Julia Allan, Michael P. Kelly and Iain A. Pretty

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:386

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Screening programs may help to address the burden of chronic kidney disease (CKD) in Australia. Public awareness is an important determinant of the uptake of screening programs. However, data on the public kno...

    Authors: Pankti A. Gheewala, Gregory M. Peterson, Syed Tabish R. Zaidi, Matthew D. Jose and Ronald L. Castelino

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:371

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Early childhood caries is the most common chronic childhood disease worldwide. Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children are twice more likely to develop dental decay, and contributing factors ...

    Authors: Ariana C. Villarosa, Amy R. Villarosa, Yenna Salamonson, Lucie M. Ramjan, Mariana S. Sousa, Ravi Srinivas, Nathan Jones and Ajesh George

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:381

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  12. Content type: Research article

    It is recommended that young people should engage in 60 min of moderate-to-vigorous activity (MVPA) a day for health benefits, but few teenagers actually meet this recommendation. Policy-makers play a vital ro...

    Authors: Michaela James, Charlotte Todd, Samantha Scott, Gareth Stratton, Sarah McCoubrey, Danielle Christian, Julian Halcox, Suzanne Audrey, Elizabeth Ellins, Samantha Anderson, Isabel Copp and Sinead Brophy

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:372

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  13. Content type: Research article

    This field study aims to investigate the determinants of physical activity of particularly active and inactive groups in their leisure environments. In order to consider the context in which physical activity ...

    Authors: Ansgar Thiel, Hendrik K. Thedinga, Harald Barkhoff, Katrin Giel, Olesia Schweizer, Syra Thiel and Stephan Zipfel

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:377

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Road accidents are among the main causes of mortality. As safe and secure driving is a key strategy to reduce car injuries and offenses, the present research aimed to explore safe driving behaviours among taxi...

    Authors: Asghar Razmara, Teamur Aghamolaei, Abdoulhossain Madani, Zahra Hosseini and Shahram Zare

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:380

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  15. Content type: Research article

    Uptake of human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination is high overall but there are disparities in uptake, particularly by ethnicity. Incentivising vaccination consent form return is a promising approach to increas...

    Authors: Lauren Rockliffe, Amanda J. Chorley, Emily McBride, Jo Waller and Alice S. Forster

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:382

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  16. Content type: Research article

    Worldwide, there are competing norms driving health system changes and reorganisation. One such norm is that of health systems’ responsibilities for population health as distinct from a focus on clinical servi...

    Authors: Sara Javanparast, Toby Freeman, Fran Baum, Ronald Labonté, Anna Ziersch, Tamara Mackean, Richard Reed and David Sanders

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:383

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Latino preschool children have higher rates of obesity than preschool children from other racial/ethnic groups; however, few effective, culturally appropriate interventions exist targeting this group. The purp...

    Authors: Sharon E. Taverno Ross, Bethany Barone Gibbs, Patricia I. Documet and Russell R. Pate

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:360

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Regular breakfast and well-balanced soft drink, and screen media consumption are associated with a lower risk of overweight and obesity in schoolchildren. The aim of this research is the combined examination o...

    Authors: Meike Traub, Romy Lauer, Tibor Kesztyüs, Olivia Wartha, Jürgen Michael Steinacker and Dorothea Kesztyüs

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:363

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  19. Content type: Research article

    Insufficient knowledge of health insurance benefits could be associated with lack of access to health care, particularly for minority populations. This study aims to assess the association between expatriates’...

    Authors: Abdulwahab A. Alkhamis

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:354

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