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Health behavior, health promotion and society

Section edited by 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

    Second-hand smoke (SHS) causes numerous health problems in children such as asthma, respiratory tract infections and sudden infant death syndrome. The home is the main source of exposure to SHS for children, p...

    Authors: Charlotte Renwick, Qi Wu, Magdalena Opazo Breton, Rebecca Thorley, John Britton, Sarah Lewis, Elena Ratschen and Steve Parrott

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1252

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  2. Content type: Study protocol

    This research program aims to investigate the implementation and effects of a theoretically promising prevention method. It is being developed in a European research collaboration within a Comenius project (20...

    Authors: Charli Eriksson, Birgitta Kimber and Therése Skoog

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1250

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  3. Content type: Research article

    This study aims to explore short-term changes following the introduction of alcohol restrictions (most notably 2 am to 3 am last drinks). We examined patterns of nightlife attendance, intoxication, and alcohol...

    Authors: Kerri Coomber, Renee Zahnow, Jason Ferris, Nicolas Droste, Richelle Mayshak, Ashlee Curtis, Kypros Kypri, Dominique de Andrade, Kristy Grant, Tanya Chikritzhs, Robin Room, Heng Jiang, Nicholas Taylor, Jake Najman and Peter Miller

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1185

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  4. Content type: Study protocol

    The increasing prevalence of type 2 diabetes and suboptimal glycaemic control in Kuwait requires novel, wide-reaching, low-cost interventions to motivate and mobilise individuals towards more effective self-ma...

    Authors: Ebaa Al-Ozairi, Katie Ridge, Etab Taghadom, Nicole de Zoysa, Clare Tucker, Kurtis Stewart, Daniel Stahl and Khalida Ismail

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1249

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  5. Content type: Research article

    While dietary patterns (DPs) enable the combination of foods that make up a person’s habitual diet to be known, little is known about the DPs of health sector professionals. The objective of this study was to ...

    Authors: Alejandra Betancourt-Nuñez, Fabiola Márquez-Sandoval, Laura I. González-Zapata, Nancy Babio and Barbara Vizmanos

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1246

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  6. Content type: Research article

    Sexual minority young adults represent a high-risk population for tobacco use. This study examined cigarette and alternative tobacco product (ATP) use prevalence across sexual orientation (heterosexual, gay/le...

    Authors: Jingjing Li, Regine Haardörfer, Milkie Vu, Michael Windle and Carla J. Berg

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1244

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  7. Content type: Research article

    According to the Juvenile Protection Act in Korea, no one is allowed to sell, rent, or distribute tobacco products to adolescents. Furthermore, the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control Article 16 prohibits ...

    Authors: Seo Young Kang, Jung Ah. Lee and Hong-Jun Cho

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1242

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Food habits are important to promote and maintain good health throughout life, and unhealthy diet is a modifiable and preventable risk factor. University students are a key group of adults among whom to promot...

    Authors: Roberto Martinez-Lacoba, Isabel Pardo-Garcia, Elisa Amo-Saus and Francisco Escribano-Sotos

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1241

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Despite reports that Southeast Asia has one of the highest prevalence for childhood exposure to second hand smoke (SHS), there are limited data on SHS exposure among schoolchildren in individual countries in t...

    Authors: A. M. A. A. P. Alagiyawanna, Esther Queenie Veerasingam and Nick Townsend

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1240

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Long-distance truck drivers in Africa are particularly at risk of HIV acquisition and offering self-testing could help increase testing coverage in this hard-to-reach population. The aims of this study are two...

    Authors: Michael Strauss, Gavin George, Joanne E. Mantell, Matthew L. Romo, Eva Mwai, Eston N. Nyaga, Jacob O. Odhiambo, Kaymarlin Govender and Elizabeth A. Kelvin

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1231

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  11. Content type: Study protocol

    People 65 years or older are at greater risk of serious complications from the seasonal influenza compared with young. To promote elderly people’s behavioral compliance toward influenza prevention, the aim of ...

    Authors: Chun-Qing Zhang, Ru Zhang, Pak-Kwong Chung, Yanping Duan, Joseph Tak fai Lau, Derwin King Chung Chan and Martin S. Hagger

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1230

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  12. Content type: Research article

    In China, antiretroviral therapy (ART) clinics focus on treating people living with HIV and are not required to undertake testing of high-risk populations. To improve partner testing among MSM, we implemented ...

    Authors: Yuting Lian, Yan Zhao, Joyce Wang, Cynthia Shi, Kerong Wang, Xia Wang, Guohui Wu, Hongxia Wei, Xiaoli Wei, Yan Luo, Min Zhao and Zunyou Wu

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1235

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  13. Content type: Study protocol

    Smoking is one of the leading preventable causes of illness and premature death worldwide. Despite a variety of effective treatments, relapse rates remain high, and novel, innovative interventions are needed i...

    Authors: Petra K. Staiger, Melissa J. Hayden, Karen Guo, Laura K. Hughes, Jason Bos and Natalia S. Lawrence

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1226

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) is a preventable, lifelong neurodevelopmental disorder caused by prenatal alcohol exposure. FASD negatively impacts individual Indigenous communities around the world. Al...

    Authors: Martyn Symons, Rebecca Anne Pedruzzi, Kaashifah Bruce and Elizabeth Milne

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1227

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  15. Content type: Research article

    Participation in voluntary work may be associated with individual and societal benefits. Because of these benefits and as a result of challenges faced by governments related to population ageing, voluntary wor...

    Authors: Jacobien Niebuur, Lidy van Lente, Aart C. Liefbroer, Nardi Steverink and Nynke Smidt

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1213

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  16. Content type: Research article

    Colorectal cancer (CRC) screening is widely recommended. Earlier research showed that the general public are positive about CRC screening, as too the eligible CRC screening population. Among the eligible CRC s...

    Authors: Linda N. Douma, Ellen Uiters and Danielle R. M. Timmermans

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1212

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Grand multiparity and low contraceptive prevalence are dominant among Nigerian women. These elevate the risk of unintended pregnancies, high-risk fertility and adverse maternal and child health outcomes among ...

    Authors: Bola Lukman Solanke, Olufunmilola Olufunmilayo Banjo, Bosede Odunola Oyinloye and Soladoye Sunday Asa

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1207

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Despite a decline in the number of new HIV infections in the UK overall, the number and proportion of new HIV diagnoses in people aged ≥50 years continues to increase. People aged ≥50 years are disproportionat...

    Authors: Elaney Youssef, Juliet Wright, Valerie Delpech, Kevin Davies, Alison Brown, Vanessa Cooper, Memory Sachikonye and Richard de Visser

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1204

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  19. Content type: Study protocol

    Parents play an important role in the lives of adolescents and efforts aimed at strengthening parenting skills and increasing knowledge on adolescent development hold much promise to prevent and mitigate adole...

    Authors: Joanna Ting Wai Chu, Robyn Whittaker, Yannan Jiang, Angela Wadham, Karolina Stasiak, Matthew Shepherd and Chris Bullen

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1203

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  20. Content type: Research article

    A growing group of emerging adults in many countries around the globe are not incorporated into the education system or the labor market; these have received the label “NEET: not in education, employment nor t...

    Authors: Raúl A. Gutiérrez-García, Corina Benjet, Guilherme Borges, Enrique Méndez Ríos and María Elena Medina-Mora

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1201

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  21. Content type: Research article

    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men experience worse health outcomes and are the most marginalized and disadvantaged population group in Australia. Primary health care services are critical to providing ...

    Authors: Kootsy Canuto, Alex Brown, Gary Wittert and Stephen Harfield

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1198

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  22. Content type: Study protocol

    Despite its well-known benefits for health and well-being physical activity levels are insufficient and declining with age in Germany. Physical activity promotion programs for older adults are often not succes...

    Authors: Karin Bammann, Carina Drell, Lena Lotte Lübs and Imke Stalling

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1197

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  23. Content type: Research article

    Community sport can potentially help to increase levels of physical activity and improve public health. Sport coaches have a role to play in designing and implementing community sport for health. To equip the ...

    Authors: Louise Mansfield, Tess Kay, Nana Anokye and Julia Fox-Rushby

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1196

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  24. Content type: Research article

    Mediterranean diet (MD) interventions are demonstrated to significantly reduce cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk but are typically resource intensive and delivered by health professionals. There is considerabl...

    Authors: Claire T. McEvoy, Sarah E. Moore, Katherine M. Appleton, Margaret E. Cupples, Christina Erwin, Frank Kee, Lindsay Prior, Ian S. Young, Michelle C. McKinley and Jayne V. Woodside

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1194

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  25. Content type: Research article

    There is growing interest in school-based interventions which deliver opportunities for additional physical activity time outside of physical education (PE). A practical and cost-effective approach may be scho...

    Authors: Anna E. Chalkley, Ash C. Routen, Jo P. Harris, Lorraine A. Cale, Trish Gorely and Lauren B. Sherar

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1189

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  26. Content type: Research article

    Nudging interventions have lately been widely adopted by policy makers to increase the welfare of society and to help citizens make better choices. Hence, it has become important to understand the conditions u...

    Authors: C. Evers, D. R. Marchiori, A. F. Junghans, J. Cremers and D. T. D. De Ridder

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1182

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  27. Content type: Research article

    Lower health literacy is associated with poor quality of life (QOL) among patients with chronic disease; little is known about this relationship among the general population, especially for child and adolescen...

    Authors: Min Ran, Linli Peng, Qin Liu, Michelle Pender, Fang He and Hong Wang

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1183

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  28. Content type: Research article

    Type 2 diabetes (T2D) is associated with a prion diminished quality of life, especially due to the severe complications that it implicates. Changing dietary habits is an absolute priority, as well as implement...

    Authors: Valeria Di Onofrio, Francesca Gallé, Mirella Di Dio, Patrizia Belfiore and Giorgio Liguori

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1181

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  29. Content type: Research article

    Being overweight and obesity during adolescence are worldwide public health problems. This study examined the relationship between actual weight, body image, and emotional and behavioral problems among Chinese...

    Authors: Lingling Ren, Yuanyuan Xu, Xin Guo, Jing Zhang, Hong Wang, Xiaomin Lou, Jianping Liang and Fangbiao Tao

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1179

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  30. Content type: Research article

    Multiple risk behaviour (MRB) refers to two or more risk behaviours such as smoking, drinking alcohol, poor diet and unsafe sex. Such behaviours are known to co-occur in adolescence. It is unknown whether MRB ...

    Authors: Laura Tinner, Deborah Caldwell, Matthew Hickman, Georgina J MacArthur, Denise Gottfredson, Alberto Lana Perez, D Paul Moberg, David Wolfe and Rona Campbell

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1180

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  31. Content type: Research article

    In recent decades, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has seen an exponentially growing antibiotic resistance, which is exacerbated by the use of antibiotics without a prescription and other various factors. However,...

    Authors: Faten Alhomoud, Zainab Aljamea and Lama Basalelah

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1177

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  32. Content type: Research article

    High prevalence of Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) among adolescents is a serious public health concern. Although many factors are attributed to adolescents’ risk of STI infections, the association betw...

    Authors: Cyprian Misinde, Elizabeth Nansubuga and Olivia Nankinga

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1173

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  33. Content type: Research article

    Pneumonia is the third leading cause of death in Japan. All elderly people aged 65 years or older are recommended to receive a pneumococcal vaccine. A subsidy for part of the cost of routine pneumococcal vacci...

    Authors: Akihiro Sakamoto, Charnchudhi Chanyasanha, Dusit Sujirarat, Nobuhiro Matsumoto and Masamitsu Nakazato

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1172

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  34. Content type: Research article

    Several Asian countries have implemented pictorial health warnings on cigarette packs as suggested by the World Health Organization with various policies based on countries’ systems. The study is aimed to anal...

    Authors: Suci Puspita Ratih and Dewi Susanna

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1165

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  35. Content type: Research article

    The aim of this study was to determine whether a twelve-week, health coaching intervention could result in changes in physical activity, anthropometrics and health-related outcomes in adults presenting to an a...

    Authors: Stephen Barrett, Stephen Begg, Paul O’Halloran and Michael Kingsley

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1166

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  36. Content type: Research article

    With the proliferation of social casino games (SCGs) online, which offer the opportunity to gamble without monetary gains and losses, comes a growing concern regarding the effects of these unregulated games on...

    Authors: Livia Veselka, Rochelle Wijesingha, Scott T Leatherdale, Nigel E Turner and Tara Elton-Marshall

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1167

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  37. Content type: Research article

    The European Health Examination Survey in Luxembourg (EHES-LUX) is a population based survey performed from 2013 to 2015 with the aim to establish baseline information on the general health status of the Luxem...

    Authors: Valéry Bocquet, Jessica Barré, Sophie Couffignal, Marylène d’Incau, Charles Delagardelle, Georges Michel, Marc Schlesser, Saverio Stranges, Andrea Kuemmerle and Maria Ruiz-Castell

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1169

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  38. Content type: Research article

    Non-drinking among young people has increased over the past decade in England, yet the underlying factor driving this change is unknown. Traditionally non-drinking has been found to be associated with lower so...

    Authors: Linda Ng Fat, Nicola Shelton and Noriko Cable

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1090

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  39. Content type: Research article

    The aim of this study was to investigate whether integrated motivational interviewing and cognitive behaviour therapy leads to changes in lifestyle mediators of overweight and obesity in community-dwelling adu...

    Authors: Stephen Barrett, Stephen Begg, Paul O’Halloran and Michael Kingsley

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1160

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  40. Content type: Research article

    Participation in bowel scope screening (BSS) is low (43%), limiting its potential to reduce colorectal cancer (CRC) incidence and mortality. This study aimed to quantify the prevalence of barriers to BSS and e...

    Authors: Christian von Wagner, Bernardette Bonello, Sandro Stoffel, Hanna Skrobanski, Madeleine Freeman, Robert S Kerrison and Lesley M McGregor

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1161

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  41. Content type: Research article

    High rates of suicidal behaviours among Indigenous Australians have been documented. Justice-involved individuals are also at a higher risk for engaging in suicidal behaviours. This study sought to ascertain t...

    Authors: Stephane M Shepherd, Benjamin Spivak, Kerry Arabena and Yin Paradies

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1159

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  42. Content type: Research article

    Oral anticoagulants (OAC) are widely used in patients with cardiovascular diseases. However, for optimal OAC self-care patients must have skills, among which health literacy (HL) is highlighted. We aimed to de...

    Authors: Ana Cristina Cabellos-García, Antonio Martínez-Sabater, Enrique Castro-Sánchez, Mari Kangasniemi, Raul Juárez-Vela and Vicente Gea-Caballero

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1157

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  43. Content type: Research article

    Cervical cancer is the leading and most common female cancer among women in Ghana. Although there are screening methods to detect premalignant lesions for treatment, screening coverage in Ghana is 2.8% and lat...

    Authors: Priscilla Dunyo, Kofi Effah and Emilia Asuquo Udofia

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1156

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    The Correction to this article has been published in BMC Public Health 2018 18:1243

  44. Content type: Research article

    Strategies to reduce childhood obesity and improve nutrition include creating school food environments that promote healthy eating. Despite well-documented health benefits of fruit and vegetable (FV) consumpti...

    Authors: Kimberly A. Rollings and Nancy M. Wells

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1154

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  45. Content type: Research article

    High consumption of antibiotics has been identified as an important driver for the increasing antibiotic resistance, considered to be one of the greatest threats to public health globally. Simply informing the...

    Authors: Mirko Ancillotti, Stefan Eriksson, Jorien Veldwijk, Jessica Nihlén Fahlquist, Dan I. Andersson and Tove Godskesen

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1153

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  46. Content type: Research article

    Exposure to audio-visual alcohol content in media is associated with subsequent alcohol use among young people. In 2016 Heineken launched its global Formula One (F1) partnership and had a significant brand pre...

    Authors: Alexander B Barker, John Britton, Bruce Grant-Braham and Rachael L Murray

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1155

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  47. Content type: Research article

    In developed countries, adolescent and young adult diets have been found to be nutritionally poor. The aim of this study was to examine whether a choice architecture intervention, re-arrangement of produce wit...

    Authors: Rosemary Walmsley, David Jenkinson, Ian Saunders, Tony Howard and Oyinlola Oyebode

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:1149

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