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Health behavior, health promotion and society

Section edited by Frances Kay-Lambkin

This section aims to publish studies examining the cultural, economic and societal influences that inform lifestyle choices and health behaviours, from drug, alcohol and cigarette consumption, to perceptions of safe sexual behaviour and vaccine uptake, enabling all communities to increase control over their health, and empower them to maintain, attain, or regain good health and prevent disease.

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  1. Content type: Research article

    Reproductive health is a part of a comprehensive definition of complete physical, mental and social well-being. Sex education is an important aspect of public health. Ignorance, due to the lack of sex educatio...

    Authors: Damian Warzecha, Iwona Szymusik, Bronislawa Pietrzak, Katarzyna Kosinska-Kaczynska, Janusz Sierdzinski, Nicole Sochacki-Wojcicka and Miroslaw Wielgos

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:689

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  2. Content type: Study protocol

    Traditional exercise [supervised exercise (SE)] intervention has been proved to be one of the most effective ways to improve metabolic health. However, most exercise interventions were on a high-cost and small...

    Authors: Yue Fang, Yunsheng Ma, Dandan Mo, Shunxing Zhang, Mi Xiang and Zhiruo Zhang

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:686

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  3. Content type: Research article

    Positive youth development (PYD) models are effective in improving adolescent sexual health. Adolescent programs including peer educators, parents and the wider community also demonstrate effectiveness in impr...

    Authors: Brianna C. S. Crocker, Sabrina W. Pit, Vibeke Hansen, Franklin John-Leader and Mary Louise Wright

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:681

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  4. Content type: Research article

    Worldwide, roughly 80% of adolescents fail to meet World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations regarding physical activity, though there is substantial variation in adolescent physical activity prevalence ...

    Authors: Dominic Weinberg, Gonneke W. J. M. Stevens, Jens Bucksch, Jo Inchley and Margaretha de Looze

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:680

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  5. Content type: Research article

    In 2014, Alberta, Canada broke new ground in having the first provincial healthcare policy and procedure for advance care planning (ACP), the process of communicating and documenting a person’s future healthca...

    Authors: Patricia D. Biondo, Seema King, Barinder Minhas, Konrad Fassbender and Jessica E. Simon

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:679

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  6. Content type: Study protocol

    Pulmonary rehabilitation (PR) has demonstrated patients’ physiological and psychosocial improvements, symptoms reduction and health-economic benefits whilst enhances the ability of the whole family to adjust t...

    Authors: Alda Marques, Cristina Jácome, Patrícia Rebelo, Cátia Paixão, Ana Oliveira, Joana Cruz, Célia Freitas, Marília Rua, Helena Loureiro, Cristina Peguinho, Fábio Marques, Adriana Simões, Madalena Santos, Paula Martins, Alexandra André, Sílvia De Francesco…

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:676

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  7. Content type: Research article

    The HealthyFood (HF) program offers members up to 25% cash back monthly on healthy food purchases. In this randomized controlled trial, we tested the efficacy of financial incentives combined with text message...

    Authors: Anjali Gopalan, Pamela A. Shaw, Raymond Lim, Jithen Paramanund, Deepak Patel, Jingsan Zhu, Kevin G. Volpp and Alison M. Buttenheim

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:674

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  8. Content type: Research article

    There has been an increasing interest in urban agriculture (UA) practice and research in recent years. Scholars have already reported numerous beneficial and potential adverse impacts of UA on health-related o...

    Authors: Pierre Paul Audate, Melissa A. Fernandez, Geneviève Cloutier and Alexandre Lebel

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:672

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  9. Content type: Research article

    College students may be vulnerable to food insecurity due to limited financial resources, decreased buying power of federal aid, and rising costs of tuition, housing, and food. This study assessed the prevalen...

    Authors: Aseel El Zein, Karla P. Shelnutt, Sarah Colby, Melissa J. Vilaro, Wenjun Zhou, Geoffrey Greene, Melissa D. Olfert, Kristin Riggsbee, Jesse Stabile Morrell and Anne E. Mathews

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:660

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Studies have shown that presenting correct information about group norms to correct misperceptions of norms can influence health behaviours. In two online studies we investigated how different ways of communic...

    Authors: Sandro T. Stoffel, Maria Goodwin, Monika Sieverding, Ivo Vlaev and Christian von Wagner

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:658

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Cyberbullying is a growing public health concern threatening the well-being of adolescents in both developed and developing countries. In Taiwan, qualitative research exploring the experiences and perceptions ...

    Authors: Chia-Wen Wang, Patou Masika Musumari, Teeranee Techasrivichien, S. Pilar Suguimoto, Chang-Chuan Chan, Masako Ono-Kihara, Masahiro Kihara and Takeo Nakayama

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:654

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  12. Content type: Study protocol

    Colorectal cancer (CRC) screening, such as fecal occult blood test (FOBT), is an effective way to prevent CRC, one of the most common cancers worldwide. However, studies found that South Asian ethnic minoritie...

    Authors: Winnie K. W. So, Bernard M. H. Law, Kai Chow Choi, Dorothy N. S. Chan and Carmen W. H. Chan

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:652

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Handwashing prevalence in schools in Kenya is low due to lack of access to water and soap and lack of drive for handwashing. Soapy water made from detergent powder is an inexpensive alternative to bar soap and...

    Authors: Wit Wichaidit, Rachel Steinacher, Jemima Akinyi Okal, Jaynie Whinnery, Clair Null, Katarzyna Kordas, Jihnhee Yu, Amy J. Pickering and Pavani K. Ram

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:647

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  14. Content type: Study protocol

    Adolescent girls are less physically active than recommended for health, and levels decline further as they approach adulthood. Peers can influence adolescent girls’ physical activity. Interventions capitalisi...

    Authors: Kathryn Willis, Byron Tibbitts, Simon J. Sebire, Tom Reid, Stephanie J. MacNeill, Emily Sanderson, William Hollingworth, Rebecca Kandiyali, Rona Campbell, Ruth R. Kipping and Russell Jago

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:644

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  15. Content type: Research article

    Early identification of stroke symptoms and rapid access to the emergency services increases an individual’s chance of receiving thrombolytic therapy and reduces the likelihood of infirmity. The UK’s national ...

    Authors: Alison Morrow, Christopher B. Miller and Stephan U. Dombrowski

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:643

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  16. Content type: Research article

    Tobacco vaporizers heat tobacco without burning it, to produce an inhalable aerosol. Various models have recently appeared on the market, mostly manufactured by the tobacco industry, but few of the studies pub...

    Authors: Sébastien Queloz and Jean-François Etter

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:642

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Physical activity is effective for the prevention and treatment of chronic disease, yet insufficient evidence is available to make comparisons regarding adherence to aerobic physical activity interventions amo...

    Authors: Tiffany Bullard, Mengmeng Ji, Ruopeng An, Linda Trinh, Michael Mackenzie and Sean P. Mullen

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:636

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Up to 80% of the adult homeless population use tobacco, and smoking cessation programs could offer an important opportunity to address preventable mortality and morbidity for this population. This population f...

    Authors: Rebekah Pratt, Claire Pernat, Linda Kerandi, Azul Kmiecik, Cathy Strobel-Ayres, Anne Joseph, Susan A. Everson Rose, Xianghua Luo, Ned Cooney, Janet Thomas and Kola Okuyemi

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:635

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  19. Content type: Research article

    Active breaks in the classroom have been shown to be effective for increasing children’s physical activity, while simultaneously improving classroom behaviour outcomes. However, there is limited evidence on th...

    Authors: Amanda Watson, Anna Timperio, Helen Brown and Kylie D. Hesketh

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:633

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  20. Content type: Research article

    Older people living in deprived areas, from black and minority ethnic groups (BME) or aged over 85 years (oldest old) are recognised as ‘hard to reach’. Engaging these groups in health promotion is of particul...

    Authors: Ann E. M. Liljas, Kate Walters, Ana Jovicic, Steve Iliffe, Jill Manthorpe, Claire Goodman and Kalpa Kharicha

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:629

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  21. Content type: Research article

    Biobehavioral data about men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender women (TGW) in Papua New Guinea (PNG) are limited to those who sell sex. Information about those MSM and TGW who do not sell sex is nece...

    Authors: Avi J. Hakim, Kelsey Coy, Steven G. Badman, Barne Willie, Rebecca Narokobi, Josephine Gabuzzi, Simon Pekon, Martha Kupul, Parker Hou, Herick Aeno, Ruthy Neo Boli, Joshua Nembari, Sophie Ase, Angelyne Amos, Nick Dala, Damian Weikum…

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:623

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  22. Content type: Research article

    Evidence of the association between dyslipidemia and its components with commuting mode after adjusting for air pollution is limited. This study aimed to explore the association of dyslipidemia and its compone...

    Authors: Lixin Tao, Xia Li, Jie Zhang, Jia Liu, Yue Liu, Haibin Li, Xiangtong Liu, Yanxia Luo and Xiuhua Guo

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:622

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  23. Content type: Research article

    Given the effects of childhood obesity on future health, and the lack of information of its prevalence in Italy, a national surveillance system was implemented in 2007. It is OKkio alla SALUTE, part of the WHO...

    Authors: Laura Lauria, Angela Spinelli, Marta Buoncristiano and Paola Nardone

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:618

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  24. Content type: Research article

    Stigma differentially influences HIV and STI care among MSM, especially regarding partner notification practices. Recognizing the heterogeneous behaviors/identities within the category “MSM,” we used mixed-met...

    Authors: Amaya G. Perez-Brumer, Ryan C. Passaro, Catherine E. Oldenburg, Jonathan Garcia, Jorge Sanchez, H. Javier Salvatierra, Javier R. Lama and Jesse L. Clark

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:617

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  25. Content type: Research article

    There is limited evidence for the effectiveness of social media to promote healthy behaviour among Indigenous Australians, including to reduce smoking. Social media has significant potential to stimulate inter...

    Authors: Marita Hefler, Vicki Kerrigan, Becky Freeman, Gordon Robert Boot and David P. Thomas

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:615

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  26. Content type: Research article

    One major barrier to uptake of diabetic retinopathy (DR) services is lack of knowledge and awareness of DR among the people with diabetes (PwDM). Targeted health education (HE) can be a key element in improvin...

    Authors: M. M. P. N. Piyasena, Maria Zuurmond, Jennifer L. Y. Yip and G. V. S. Murthy

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:614

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  27. Content type: Research article

    Evidence has not been conclusive on whether adolescent overweight is associated with mental health, possibly caused by indirect, yet untested associations. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to examine t...

    Authors: Cornelia Leontine van Vuuren, Gusta G. Wachter, René Veenstra, Judith J. M. Rijnhart, Marcel F. van der Wal, Mai J. M. Chinapaw and Vincent Busch

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:612

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  28. Content type: Research article

    1.8 million new HIV infections occur every year, disproportionately affecting adolescent girls and young women. Abstinence-only risk avoidance approaches have had limited impact on reducing new infections. Thi...

    Authors: Noam Angrist, Mogomotsi Matshaba, Lesego Gabaitiri and Gabriel Anabwani

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:610

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  29. Content type: Research article

    Kamrangirchar and Hazaribagh are the largest slum areas in Dhaka, Bangladesh. In 2013, Médecins Sans Frontières initiated an urban healthcare programme in these areas providing services for factory workers and...

    Authors: Jeroen van der Heijden, Nell Gray, Beverly Stringer, Aminur Rahman, Sadika Akhter, Stobdan Kalon, Martins Dada and Animesh Biswas

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:600

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  30. Content type: Research article

    Drowning is a leading cause of accidental death in children under 14 years of age in Guangdong, China. We developed a statistical model to classify the risk of drowning among children based on the risk factors.

    Authors: Haofeng Xu, Xuhao Zhu, Zhishan Zhou, Yanjun Xu, Yongjian Zhu, Lifeng Lin, Jinying Huang and Ruilin Meng

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:599

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  31. Content type: Study protocol

    For patients with obesity who are not ready for or experience barriers to weight loss, clinical practice guidelines recommend provider counseling on preventing further weight gain as a first-line treatment app...

    Authors: Miriam B. Berger, Dori M. Steinberg, Sandy Askew, John A. Gallis, Cayla C. Treadway, Joseph R. Egger, Melissa C. Kay, Bryan C. Batch, Eric A. Finkelstein, Abigail DeVries, Ashley Brewer and Gary G. Bennett

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:596

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  32. Content type: Research article

    Childhood epilepsy can adversely affect education and employment in addition to health. Previous studies are small or highly selective producing conflicting results. This retrospective cohort study aims to com...

    Authors: Michael Fleming, Catherine A. Fitton, Markus F. C. Steiner, James S. McLay, David Clark, Albert King, Daniel F. Mackay and Jill P. Pell

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:595

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  33. Content type: Research article

    Intimate partner violence (IPV), HIV and sexually transmitted infections (STI) can contribute to disparities in population health, depending on the individual, social and environmental factors characterizing a...

    Authors: Bushra Sabri, Andrea L. Wirtz, Joseph Ssekasanvu, Bareng A. S. Nonyane, Fred Nalugoda, Joseph Kagaayi, Robert Ssekubugu and Jennifer A. Wagman

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:594

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  34. Content type: Research article

    Churches are an important asset and a trusted resource in the African American community. We needed a better understanding of their readiness to engage in health promotion before launching a large-scale health...

    Authors: Annette E. Maxwell, Rhonda Santifer, L. Cindy Chang, Juana Gatson, Catherine M. Crespi and Aziza Lucas-Wright

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:593

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  35. Content type: Study protocol

    Despite growing evidence for the multiple health benefits of community gardening, longitudinal studies based on quantitative data are needed. Here we describe the protocol of JArDinS, a quasi-experimental stud...

    Authors: Marion Tharrey, Marlène Perignon, Pascale Scheromm, Caroline Mejean and Nicole Darmon

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:589

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  36. Content type: Research article

    Past experiences of childhood maltreatment are common for youth involved in the juvenile justice system. This paper explores potential protective factors at the peer, family, school, and neighborhood levels th...

    Authors: Andra Wilkinson, Hannah Lantos, Tyler McDaniel and Hannah Winslow

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:588

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  37. Content type: Research article

    Food serves as a vehicle for many pathogenic and toxigenic agents that cause food-borne diseases. Knowledge, attitude, and practices are key factors in reducing the incidence of food-borne diseases in food ser...

    Authors: Sa’ed Zyoud, Jawad Shalabi, Kathem Imran, Lina Ayaseh, Nawras Radwany, Ruba Salameh, Zain Sa’dalden, Labib Sharif, Waleed Sweileh, Rahmat Awang and Samah Al-Jabi

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:586

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  38. Content type: Research article

    Adherence to smoking, alcohol consumption, diet and physical activity (PA) guidelines may improve outcomes for people with a stoma. A better understanding of these behaviours following stoma formation surgery ...

    Authors: Rebecca J. Beeken, Joanne S. Haviland, Claire Taylor, Anna Campbell, Abigail Fisher, Chloe Grimmett, Gozde Ozakinci, Sarah Slater, Iseult Wilson and Gill Hubbard

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:574

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  39. Content type: Study protocol

    Cardiorespiratory arrest (CRA) is a health emergency with high mortality. Mortality depends on time of initiation and quality of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) manoeuvres and the use of the automated exte...

    Authors: Albert Del Pozo, Felipe Villalobos, Cristina Rey-Reñones, Ester Granado, David Sabaté, Carme Poblet, Angels Calvet, Josep Basora, Antoni Castro and Gemma Flores

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:572

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  40. Content type: Study protocol

    Children of substance-abusing parents are at a substantial risk of developing substance-use and other mental disorders. Children involved in substance abuse – not diagnosed with substance-use problems but inte...

    Authors: Diana Moesgen, Katharina Ise, Janina Dyba and Michael Klein

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:571

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  41. Content type: Research article

    Recent economic development in China has been accompanied by well-documented health inequalities between regions. The impact of individual factors on child height has been widely studied, but the influence of ...

    Authors: Yan Zhang, Han Wang, Xi Wang, Meicen Liu, Yinping Wang, Yan Wang and Hong Zhou

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:569

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  42. Content type: Research article

    Unintended pregnancies are associated with poorer obstetric outcomes and are sometimes measured at a population level as a surrogate marker for reproductive autonomy and access to health services, including co...

    Authors: Emma Griffiths, David Atkinson, Domenica Friello and Julia V. Marley

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:568

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  43. Content type: Research article

    Data are lacking regarding the prevalence of benzodiazepine long-term use in the general population. Our aim was to examine the prevalence of prescribed benzodiazepine long-term use (BLTU) according to sociode...

    Authors: Guillaume Airagnes, Cédric Lemogne, Adeline Renuy, Marcel Goldberg, Nicolas Hoertel, Yves Roquelaure, Frédéric Limosin and Marie Zins

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:566

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  44. Content type: Research article

    Behavior change interventions have been developed by drawing from many different theories using design processes of varying specificity. We describe the development of a behavior change intervention to improve...

    Authors: James B. Tidwell, Jenala Chipungu, Roma Chilengi, Val Curtis and Robert Aunger

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:565

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  45. Content type: Research article

    Surveys of young people under-represent those in alternative education settings (AES), potentially disguising health inequalities. We present the first quantitative UK evidence of health inequalities between A...

    Authors: Marion Henderson, Catherine Nixon, Martin J. McKee, Denise Smith, Daniel Wight and Lawrie Elliott

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:564

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  46. Content type: Study protocol

    Eating habits are established during childhood and track into adolescence and later in life. Given that these habits have a large public health impact and influence the increasing rates of childhood obesity wo...

    Authors: Margrethe Røed, Elisabet R. Hillesund, Frøydis N. Vik, Wendy Van Lippevelde and Nina Cecilie Øverby

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:563

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  47. Content type: Study protocol

    Loss of cognitive function is a significant issue as the world’s population ages. Preserving cognitive function maintains independence in older adults bringing major societal and financial benefits. Lifestyle ...

    Authors: Karen D. Mumme, Pamela R. von Hurst, Cathryn A. Conlon, Beatrix Jones, Crystal F. Haskell-Ramsay, Welma Stonehouse, Anne-Louise M. Heath, Jane Coad and Kathryn L. Beck

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:535

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