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Health behavior, health promotion and society

This section aims to publish studies examining the cultural, economic and societal influences that inform lifestyle choices and health behaviors, from drug, alcohol and cigarette consumption, to perceptions of safe sexual behavior 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. Although schools have been identified as significant settings in the response to the HIV/AIDS pandemic, limited research is available on how they can accommodate Youth Living with HIV/AIDS (YLWHA), especially ...

    Authors: Emmanuel Kimera, Sofie Vindevogel, Didier Reynaert, Anne-Mie Engelen, Kintu Mugenyi Justice, John Rubaihayo, Jessica De Maeyer and Johan Bilsen

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:63

    Content type: Research article

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  2. We aimed to clarify the predisposing factors for adolescent constipation in a longitudinal study, because while factors associated with childhood constipation have been reported, prospective studies on the inc...

    Authors: Masaaki Yamada, Michikazu Sekine, Takashi Tatsuse and Yuko Fujimura

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:47

    Content type: Research article

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  3. Understanding the influence of healthy lifestyle behaviors on population-level life satisfaction is few known in the aging population, especially in low- and middle-income countries in Asia. The objective of o...

    Authors: Sirinya Phulkerd, Sasinee Thapsuwan, Aphichat Chamratrithirong and Rossarin Soottipong Gray

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:43

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  4. Smartphone apps are increasingly used for health-related behaviour change and people discover apps through different sources. However, it is unclear whether users differ by mode of app discovery. Drink Less is an...

    Authors: Claire Garnett, Olga Perski, Emma Beard, Susan Michie, Robert West and Jamie Brown

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:30

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  5. The Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) has created havoc globally as countries worldwide struggle to combat this pandemic. Since prevention and social isolation are known to be the only ways to prevent the s...

    Authors: Zoya Fatima Rizwan Ladiwala, Rubaid Azhar Dhillon, Ibrahim Zahid, Omar Irfan, Muhammad Sharjeel Khan, Safia Awan and Javaid Ahmad Khan

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:21

    Content type: Research article

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  6. While appropriate care for children is essential for optimal growth and protection against child morbidity and mortality, teenage mothers have been shown to deviate from the recommended childcare practices. Th...

    Authors: Reuben Foster Twintoh, Prince Justin Anku, Hubert Amu, Eugene Kofour Maafo Darteh and Kwaku Kissah Korsah

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:16

    Content type: Research article

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  7. During the COVID-19 pandemic, billions of people have to change their behaviours to slow down the spreading of the virus. Protective measures include self-isolation, social (physical) distancing and compliance...

    Authors: Laura Mieth, Maike M. Mayer, Adrian Hoffmann, Axel Buchner and Raoul Bell

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:12

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  8. This study assessed the effects of a Japanese leaflet-based health guide for older Japanese-Brazilian adults living in Brazil, on health literacy, self-efficacy, and satisfaction with the health guide and part...

    Authors: Mana Doi-Kanno, Yuka Kanoya and Emilio Hideyuki Moriguchi

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:10

    Content type: Research article

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  9. Domestic violence against women during pregnancy and the postpartum period not only violates the human rights of women but also harms on the health of both mother and child. Domestic violence is entrenching in...

    Authors: Narayan Bhatta, Sawitri Assanangkornchai and Ishwari Rajbhandari

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:5

    Content type: Research article

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  10. An essential element in the process of “aging well” is the concept of Active Aging (AA). To propose an operational definition of Active Aging, the present study seeks to develop a new measurement tool through ...

    Authors: Azadeh Lak, Parichehr Rashidghalam, S. Nouroddin Amiri, Phyo K. Myint and Hamid R. Baradaran

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:4

    Content type: Technical advance

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  11. The inadequate awareness of livestock breeders on brucellosis transmission, as well as their improper knowledge about preventing brucellosis is considered as one of the important barriers to animal vaccination...

    Authors: Farhad Bahadori, Fazlollah Ghofranipour, Saeideh Ghaffarifar and Reza Ziaei

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:2

    Content type: Research article

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  12. Individual perceptions of personal and national threats posed by COVID-19 shaped initial response to the pandemic. The aim of this study was to investigate the changes in residents’ awareness about COVID-19 an...

    Authors: Ran Li, Bingcheng Yang, Jerrod Penn, Bailey Houghtaling, Juan Chen, Witoon Prinyawiwatkul, Brian E. Roe and Danyi Qi

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1922

    Content type: Research article

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  13. Recent evidence shows that men and women have inadequate fertility knowledge which may negatively affect their childbearing decisions in future. Given the fact that decision making for fertility needs accurate...

    Authors: Maryam Gharacheh, Farideh Khalajabadi Farahani, Mojgan Mirghafourvand, Leila Janani and Fahimeh Ranjbar

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1917

    Content type: Study protocol

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  14. Healthy lifestyle habits, including physical activity (PA), are associated with a broad range of positive psychosocial and physical health benefits. However, there are challenges involved in reaching vulnerabl...

    Authors: Susanne Andermo, Matthias Lidin, Mai-Lis Hellenius, Anja Nordenfelt and Gisela Nyberg

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1911

    Content type: Research article

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  15. A large proportion of apprentices shows addictive behaviours like cigarette smoking, alcohol, cannabis, or compulsive Internet use, others do not show such behaviours at all. ready4life is a smartphone applicatio...

    Authors: Severin Haug, Raquel Paz Castro, Andreas Wenger and Michael P. Schaub

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1910

    Content type: Study protocol

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  16. The primary purpose of this research was to explore Comprehensive School Health (CSH) stakeholders’ perceptions of the essential conditions for taking a CSH approach in other contexts across Canada. The second...

    Authors: Kacey C. Neely, Genevieve R. Montemurro and Kate E. Storey

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1907

    Content type: Research article

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  17. Involving peer volunteers in intervention delivery can provide social support and improve adherence. Whilst such interventions have the potential to reduce physical activity (PA) intervention costs, little is ...

    Authors: Anthony Crozier, Lorna Porcellato, Benjamin J. R. Buckley and Paula M. Watson

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1904

    Content type: Research article

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  18. This paper aims to explore change in BMI z-score through childhood and the association between parent BMI and child BMI z-score. This is important to understand for the development of effective obesity interve...

    Authors: R. Mears, R. Salway, D. Sharp, J. P. H. Shield and R. Jago

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1902

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  19. Current evidence suggests that the information needs of people with diabetes mellitus differ across patient groups. With a view to being able to provide individualized information, this study aims to identify ...

    Authors: Sandra O. Borgmann, Veronika Gontscharuk, Jana Sommer, Michael Laxy, Nicole Ernstmann, Florian M. Karl, Ina-Maria Rückert-Eheberg, Lars Schwettmann, Karl-Heinz Ladwig, Annette Peters and Andrea Icks

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1901

    Content type: Research article

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  20. Sexual violence against women is a major public health issue and a breach of human rights. Although various consequences of sexual violence on health have been described in a large number of scientific publica...

    Authors: Hedda Lippus, Made Laanpere, Kai Part, Inge Ringmets and Helle Karro

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1897

    Content type: Research article

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  21. This study estimated the lifetime cost-effectiveness and equity impacts associated with two lifestyle interventions in the Dutch primary school setting (targeting 4–12 year olds).

    Authors: Marije Oosterhoff, Eelco A. B. Over, Anoukh van Giessen, Rudolf T. Hoogenveen, Hans Bosma, Onno C. P. van Schayck and Manuela A. Joore

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1887

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  22. Alcohol problems in parents have been revealed to affect adolescent alcohol misuse. However, few studies examine the effects of parental drinking on adolescent risky drinking (including binge drinking) in the ...

    Authors: Satoshi Inoura, Takuya Shimane, Kunihiko Kitagaki, Kiyoshi Wada and Toshihiko Matsumoto

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1878

    Content type: Research article

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  23. The quality of life of chronically ill individuals, such as hay fever sufferers, is significantly dependent on their health behavior. This survey aimed to explain the health-related behavior of allergic indivi...

    Authors: Anna Muzalyova and Jens O. Brunner

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1876

    Content type: Research article

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  24. Members’ attendance at health and fitness venues typically declines over the course of their membership, with a likely negative impact on physical activity and health outcomes. This systematic review sought to...

    Authors: Matthew Rand, Paul Norman and Elizabeth Goyder

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1874

    Content type: Research article

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  25. Expansion of designated cycling networks increases cycling for transport that, in turn, increases physical activity, contributing to improvement in public health. This paper aims to determine whether cycle-net...

    Authors: Admassu N. Lamu, Abdulrahman Jbaily, Stéphane Verguet, Bjarne Robberstad and Ole Frithjof Norheim

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1869

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  26. This study was designed to describe the knowledge, attitude, and practice regarding antibiotic use and resistance among medical students in Medellín, Colombia.

    Authors: Luis Felipe Higuita-Gutiérrez, Gustavo Eduardo Roncancio Villamil and Judy Natalia Jiménez Quiceno

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1861

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  27. The term ‘whole dietary pattern’ can be defined as the quantity, frequency, variety and combination of different foods and drinks typically consumed and a growing body of research supports the role of whole di...

    Authors: Deirdre Timlin, Jacqueline M. McCormack, Maeve Kerr, Laura Keaver and Ellen E. A. Simpson

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1857

    Content type: Research article

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  28. Family health is an important issue which has attracted researchers from different fields. The present study aimed to validate the Persian version of the Family Health Climate Scale (FHC-Scale).

    Authors: Akram Kharazmi, Jeannine M. Brant, Moosa Sajjadi, Mahdi Moshki and Leila Sadegh Moghadam

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1854

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  29. Sickness absence is associated with lower school achievements and early school leaving. The Medical Advice for Sick-reported Students (MASS) intervention is a proactive school-based intervention focused primar...

    Authors: Suzanne J. van den Toren, Carmen B. Franse, Yvonne T. M. Vanneste, Rienke Bannink, Marjolein Lugtenberg, Wico C. Mulder, Marlou L. A. de Kroon, Amy van Grieken and Hein Raat

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1851

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  30. Many health literacy instruments focus on reading skills, numeracy and/or information processing aspects only. In the Netherlands, as in other countries, the need for a comprehensive, person-centred measure of...

    Authors: Jany Rademakers, Geeke Waverijn, Mieke Rijken, Richard Osborne and Monique Heijmans

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1850

    Content type: Research article

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  31. Optimisation processes have the potential to rapidly improve the impact of health interventions. Optimisation can be defined as a deliberate, iterative and data-driven process to improve a health intervention and...

    Authors: Sam McCrabb, Kaitlin Mooney, Benjamin Elton, Alice Grady, Sze Lin Yoong and Luke Wolfenden

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1849

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  32. In South Africa almost 2 million women work informally. Informal work is characterised by poor job security, low earnings, and unsafe working conditions, with high rates of poverty and food insecurity. The per...

    Authors: Silondile Luthuli, Lyn Haskins, Sphindile Mapumulo, Nigel Rollins and Christiane Horwood

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1847

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  33. Mental health disorders such as high levels of anxiety, isolation, depression and suicide ideation reported among young people living with HIV (10–24 years;YPLHIV) contribute significantly to poor medication a...

    Authors: Emeka F. Okonji, Ferdinand C. Mukumbang, Zaida Orth, Shelley A. Vickerman-Delport and Brian Van Wyk

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1841

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  34. In Guinea, high fertility among adolescents and young women in urban areas remains a public health concern. This study describes trends in contraceptive use, unmet need, and factors associated with the use of ...

    Authors: Sidikiba Sidibé, Alexandre Delamou, Bienvenu Salim Camara, Nafissatou Dioubaté, Hawa Manet, Alison M. El Ayadi, Lenka Benova and Seni Kouanda

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1840

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  35. Regardless of the disease burden of human papillomavirus (HPV), the vaccine has not been included in the Indonesia National Immunization Program. Since 2017 there was a demonstration program of the HPV vaccina...

    Authors: Mei Neni Sitaresmi, Nisrina Maulida Rozanti, Lamria Besty Simangunsong and Abdul Wahab

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1836

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  36. Peer support has been recognised as a promising strategy to improve self-management in patients living with chronic conditions, such as Type 2 diabetes (T2D). The purpose of the review was to synthesise the be...

    Authors: Melanie Pienaar and Marianne Reid

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1834

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  37. Community services that engage and service marginalized families can act as an important entry point for mothers and children experiencing interpersonal violence. The purpose of this study was to use an initia...

    Authors: Camilla D. Singh, Naomi C. Z. Andrews, Mary Motz, Debra J. Pepler, Margaret Leslie and Samar Zuberi

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1833

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  38. Non-clinical health interventions provided by the voluntary and community sector can improve patients’ health and well-being and reduce pressure on primary and secondary care, but only if patients adhere to th...

    Authors: Veronika Golubinski, Eva-Maria Wild, Vera Winter and Jonas Schreyögg

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1827

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  39. In recent years, social differences in overweight and obesity (OWOB) have become more pronounced. Health impact assessments provide population-level scenario evaluations of changes in disease prevalence and ri...

    Authors: Anne Mette Bender, Jan Sørensen, Finn Diderichsen and Henrik Brønnum-Hansen

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1823

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  40. A person’s health literacy determines whether they are able to make appropriate health decisions and are able to follow treatment instructions. This is important because low health literacy is associated with ...

    Authors: Rebecca M. Simpson, Emma Knowles and Alicia O’Cathain

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1819

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  41. Go-Golborne was a three-year pilot programme to test an innovative, community-based ‘whole system’ approach to preventing overweight in children in Golborne ward, London. Whilst there is a growing interest in ...

    Authors: E. W. Gadsby, S. Hotham, T. Eida, C. Lawrence and R. Merritt

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1818

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  42. Underweight prevalence continues to be major public health challenge worldwide, particularly in developing countries like Pakistan. This study is focused on socio-economic and demographic aspects of underweigh...

    Authors: Rizwan Farooq, Hina Khan, Masood Amjad Khan and Muhammad Aslam

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1817

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  43. After the outbreak of Coronavirus in Wuhan, Hubei, in 2019, the disease rapidly spread to other parts of China as well as outside of China. Since the pandemic outbreak, the general public has been responsive t...

    Authors: Xiaolei Hu, Xuejun Li, Yang Lü, Jing Tang, Hai Rong Li and Min Tang

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1815

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  44. Improving the health behaviors of those with chronic diseases such as hypertension and diabetes is important for disease management. Few in-depth studies have been conducted in Korea on the health behaviors of...

    Authors: Young-Jee Jeon, Jeehee Pyo, Young-Kwon Park and Minsu Ock

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1813

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  45. Falls amongst older people are common; however, around 40% of falls could be preventable. Medications are known to increase the risk of falls in older adults. The debate about reducing the number of prescribed...

    Authors: P. Zaninotto, Y. T. Huang, G. Di Gessa, J. Abell, C. Lassale and A. Steptoe

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1804

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  46. Informal carers suffer from worse health outcomes than non-carers due to their caregiving role. Yet, in a society carers health is as important as that of their care recipients. This study investigated the sel...

    Authors: Itismita Mohanty, Theo Niyonsenga, Tom Cochrane and Debra Rickwood

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1801

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  47. Despite an increasing number of studies highlighting the health benefits of community gardening, the literature is limited by cross-sectional designs. The “JArDinS” quasi-experimental study aimed to assess the...

    Authors: Marion Tharrey, Ashby Sachs, Marlène Perignon, Chantal Simon, Caroline Mejean, Jill Litt and Nicole Darmon

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1798

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    The Correction to this article has been published in BMC Public Health 2021 21:15

  48. HIV self-testing (HIVST) has the potential to improve HIV testing uptake and frequency for key populations like MSM who experience multiple barriers accessing clinic-based HIV testing. In the absence of HIVST ...

    Authors: Roman Shrestha, Haridah Alias, Li P. Wong, Frederick L. Altice and Sin H. Lim

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1777

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  49. Poor adherence to antiretroviral therapy (ART) is one of the primary barriers to viral load suppression. mHealth technology can help overcome challenges with ART adherence. This paper outlines the protocol for...

    Authors: Gabriella Flynn, Haomiao Jia, Nancy R. Reynolds, David C. Mohr and Rebecca Schnall

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1775

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