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Health policies, systems and management in high-income countries

Section edited by Bianca Brijnath

This section aims to publish studies looking at the impact of health policies, practices and interventions on communities in high-income countries.

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  1. Content type: Research article

    One of the factors influencing variation in tobacco control policies across European countries is the relative policy dominance of pro and anti-tobacco control interest groups. Scholars investigating this powe...

    Authors: Thomas G. Kuijpers, Anton E. Kunst and Marc C. Willemsen

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:800

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    A wide range of outcome measures can be calculated for hospital-treated injury patients. These include mortality, use of critical care services, complications, length of stay, treatment costs, readmission and ...

    Authors: Dasamal Tharanga Fernando, Janneke Berecki-Gisolf, Stuart Newstead and Zahid Ansari

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:798

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  3. Content type: Research article

    This study assesses how tuberculosis (TB) screening is perceived by immigrants in Norway. Screening is mandatory for people arriving from high incidence countries. To attend screening, immigrants have to conta...

    Authors: Ingunn Nordstoga, Mona Drage, Tore Wælgaard Steen and Brita Askeland Winje

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:796

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  4. Content type: Research article

    Mini-grants have been used to stimulate multisector collaboration in support of public health initiatives by funding non-traditional partners, such as economic development organizations. Such mini-grants have ...

    Authors: Christiaan G. Abildso, Angela Dyer, Shay M. Daily and Thomas K. Bias

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:779

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  5. Content type: Research article

    Researchers and activists have long called for changes to blood donation policies to end what is frequently framed as unjustified bans or deferral periods for men who have sex with men (MSM). Since 2016, in Ca...

    Authors: Daniel Grace, Mark Gaspar, David Lessard, Benjamin Klassen, David J. Brennan, Barry D. Adam, Jody Jollimore, Nathan J. Lachowsky and Trevor A. Hart

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:772

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  6. Content type: Research article

    Migrants and refugees have important health needs and face inequalities in their health status. Health care delivery to this patient group has become a challenging public health focus in high income countries....

    Authors: Julia Brandenberger, Thorkild Tylleskär, Katrin Sontag, Bernadette Peterhans and Nicole Ritz

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:755

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  7. Content type: Research article

    Universal childhood vaccination programmes form a core component of child health policies in most countries, including the UK. Achieving high coverage rates of vaccines is critical for establishing ‘herd immun...

    Authors: Eric Emerson, Janet Robertson, Susannah Baines and Chris Hatton

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:748

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  8. Content type: Study protocol

    Active transportation, such as walking and biking, is a healthy way for children to explore their environment and develop independence. However, children can be injured while walking and biking. Many cities ma...

    Authors: Brent E. Hagel, Alison Macpherson, Andrew Howard, Pamela Fuselli, Marie-Soleil Cloutier, Meghan Winters, Sarah A. Richmond, Linda Rothman, Kathy Belton, Ron Buliung, Carolyn A. Emery, Guy Faulkner, Jacqueline Kennedy, Tracey Ma, Colin Macarthur, Gavin R. McCormack…

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:728

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  9. Content type: Research article

    In Singapore, a densely urbanised Asian society, more than 80% of the population stays in public housing estates and the majority (90%) own their own homes. For the needy who cannot afford home ownership, publ...

    Authors: Liang En Wee, Lian Leng Low, Julian Thumboo, Angelique Chan and Kheng Hock Lee

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:713

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  10. Content type: Research article

    A population-based approach to healthcare goes beyond the traditional biomedical model and addresses the importance of cross-sectoral collaboration in promoting health of communities. By establishing partnersh...

    Authors: Mohammad Shahzad, Ross Upshur, Peter Donnelly, Aamir Bharmal, Xiaolin Wei, Patrick Feng and Adalsteinn D. Brown

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:708

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Whilst people with intellectual disability grow older, evidence has emerged internationally about the largely unmet health needs of this specific ageing population. Health checks have been implemented in some ...

    Authors: Annette Bauer, Laurence Taggart, Jill Rasmussen, Chris Hatton, Lesley Owen and Martin Knapp

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:706

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Eating out is now common and food served out of the home is often of low nutritional quality. Kilocalorie (kcal) labelling of food and drink products sold in restaurant chains in the US is now mandatory, altho...

    Authors: Eric Robinson, Sam Burton, Tom Gough, Andrew Jones and Ashleigh Haynes

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:649

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  13. Content type: Research article

    In multiple sclerosis (MS), half of affected people are unemployed within 10 years of diagnosis. The aim of this study was to assess the economic impact of MS in adult subjects with relapsing-remitting MS (RRM...

    Authors: José M. García-Domínguez, Jorge Maurino, María L. Martínez-Ginés, Olga Carmona, Ana B. Caminero, Nicolás Medrano and Elena Ruíz-Beato

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:609

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Using aggregated data available on the interactive website from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project Network (HCUPnet), we examined the annual volume of inva...

    Authors: Marya D. Zilberberg, Rachel Harrington, James R. Spalding and Andrew F. Shorr

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:591

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  15. Content type: Research article

    Providing unpaid support to family and friends with disabling health conditions can limit a carer’s capacity to participate in employment. The emotional support needs and unpredictability of caring for people ...

    Authors: Sandra Diminic, Emily Hielscher and Meredith G. Harris

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:587

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  16. Content type: Research article

    The number of people of working age suffering from chronic disease is increasing. Chronic diseases such as diabetes can cause negative work-related consequences in the form of early retirement or absenteeism. ...

    Authors: Kristoffer Panduro Madsen, Bryan Cleal, Kasper Olesen, Lise Hagelund and Ingrid Willaing

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:584

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  17. Content type: Debate

    In 2017 Public Health England were asked to assist with investigating why 1-year cancer survival rates appeared lower than expected in a local area. We identified 50 premature deaths that surveillance data sug...

    Authors: Julia Knight, Matthew Day, John Mair-Jenkins, Chris Bentley, Ben Anderson and Fu-Meng Khaw

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:580

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Worldwide, syndromic surveillance is increasingly used for improved and timely situational awareness and early identification of public health threats. Syndromic data streams are fed into detection algorithms,...

    Authors: I. R. Lake, F. J. Colón-González, G. C. Barker, R. A. Morbey, G. E. Smith and A. J. Elliot

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:559

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  19. Content type: Research article

    This pilot study aimed to test the potential effectiveness and acceptability of an intervention to support the implementation of 16 recommended policies and practices to improve the health promotion environmen...

    Authors: Tara Clinton-McHarg, Sharleen Gonzalez, Sharin Milner, Shauna Sherker, Melanie Kingsland, Christophe Lecathelinais, Alix Hall, Chris Doran, John Wiggers and Luke Wolfenden

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:556

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  20. Content type: Study protocol

    Reducing socioeconomic health inequalities among youth is a major challenge for governments around the world and reports on successful attempts are scarce. Socioecological and integral approaches with collabor...

    Authors: Mirte Boelens, Dafna A. Windhorst, Harrie Jonkman, Clemens M. H. Hosman, Hein Raat and Wilma Jansen

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:555

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  21. Content type: Research article

    Incidence rates and prevalence proportions are commonly used to express the populations health status. Since there are several methods used to calculate these epidemiological measures, good comparison between ...

    Authors: Inge Spronk, Joke C. Korevaar, René Poos, Rodrigo Davids, Henk Hilderink, François G. Schellevis, Robert A. Verheij and Mark M. J. Nielen

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:512

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  22. Content type: Research article

    Among community-dwelling older adults, frailty is highly prevalent and recognized as a major public health concern. To prevent frailty it is important to identify those at risk of becoming frail, but at presen...

    Authors: Stephanie Jansen-Kosterink, Lex van Velsen, Sanne Frazer, Marit Dekker-van Weering, Rónán O’Caoimh and Miriam Vollenbroek-Hutten

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:504

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  23. Content type: Research article

    The National Breast Cancer Register (NBCR) of Sweden was launched in 2008 and is used for quality assurance, benchmarking, and research. Its three reporting forms encompass Notification, Adjuvant therapy and F...

    Authors: Lars Löfgren, Sandra Eloranta, Kamilla Krawiec, Annette Asterkvist, Charlotta Lönnqvist and Kerstin Sandelin

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:495

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  24. Content type: Study protocol

    Good employee health and wellbeing is of key importance to employers and the economy. The workplace can serve as a setting for health and wellbeing promotion. Financial incentives may encourage employers to in...


    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:493

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  25. Content type: Research article

    On 6th April 2018, the UK Government introduced the Soft Drinks Industry Levy (SDIL) as a mechanism designed to address increasing prevalence of obesity and associated ill health by reducing sugar consumption....

    Authors: Christina H. Buckton, Gillian Fergie, Philip Leifeld and Shona Hilton

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:490

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  26. Content type: Research article

    The Affordable Care Act (ACA) required private insurers and Medicare to cover recommended preventive services without any cost sharing to improve utilization of these services. This study is an attempt to iden...

    Authors: Abeer Alharbi, M. Mahmud Khan, Ronnie Horner, Heather Brandt and Cole Chapman

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:370

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  27. Content type: Research article

    In contrast to our knowledge about the number of cancers attributed to smoking, the number of cancers attributed to alcohol is poorly understood by the public. We estimate the increase in absolute risk of canc...

    Authors: Theresa J. Hydes, Robyn Burton, Hazel Inskip, Mark A. Bellis and Nick Sheron

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:316

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  28. Content type: Research article

    In most developed countries, governments are implementing policies encouraging older persons to work past 65 years to reduce the burden on societies related to disability benefits and pension payments. Despite...

    Authors: Ashley McAllister, Lee Bentley, Henrik Brønnum-Hansen, Natasja Koitzsch Jensen, Lotta Nylen, Ingelise Andersen, Qing Liao, Theo Bodin, Cameron Mustard and Bo Burström

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:319

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  29. Content type: Research article

    Herd immunity levels of vaccine uptake are still not reached in some high-income countries, usually in countries with persisting social inequities in uptake. Previous studies have focused on factors within one...

    Authors: Arzu Arat, Bo Burström, Viveca Östberg and Anders Hjern

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:290

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  30. Content type: Research article

    Pregnant women and new mothers seeking asylum are highly vulnerable and have special needs, yet there is dearth of research related to this group in Germany. This paper reports on material circumstances and be...

    Authors: Sandra Claudia Gewalt, Sarah Berger, Joachim Szecsenyi and Kayvan Bozorgmehr

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:287

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  31. Content type: Research article

    Mis-implementation (i.e., the premature termination or inappropriate continuation of public health programs) contributes to the misallocation of limited public health resources and the sub-optimal response to ...

    Authors: Karishma S. Furtado, Elizabeth L. Budd, Rebecca Armstrong, Tahna Pettman, Rodrigo Reis, Pauline Sung-Chan, Zhaoxin Wang and Ross C. Brownson

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:270

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  32. Content type: Correspondence

    Many interventions that are delivered within public health services have little evidence of effect. Evaluating interventions that are being delivered as a part of usual practice offers opportunities to improve...

    Authors: Josie Dickerson, Philippa K. Bird, Maria Bryant, Nimarta Dharni, Sally Bridges, Kathryn Willan, Sara Ahern, Abigail Dunn, Dea Nielsen, Eleonora P. Uphoff, Tracey Bywater, Claudine Bowyer-Crane, Pinki Sahota, Neil Small, Michaela Howell, Gill Thornton…

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:260

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  33. Content type: Research article

    Primary Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) testing is the currently recommended cervical cancer (CxCa) screening strategy by the Portuguese Society of Gynecology (SPG) clinical consensus. However, primary HPV testing...

    Authors: Angela Pista, Carlos Costa, Conceição Saldanha, José Alberto Fonseca Moutinho, José Maria Moutinho, Fernando Arrobas, Carlos Catalão and Jari Kempers

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:235

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  34. Content type: Research article

    Equity-focused health impact assessment (EFHIA) can function as a framework and tool that supports users to collate data, information, and evidence related to health equity in order to identify and mitigate th...

    Authors: Ingrid Tyler, Bernie Pauly, Jenney Wang, Tobie Patterson, Ivy Bourgeault and Heather Manson

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:230

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  35. Content type: Research article

    Over the last several decades, social isolation and loneliness among older adults have posed an increasingly urgent challenge due to the rapidly aging population in Japan. To remedy the situation, many communi...

    Authors: Yoh Murayama, Hiroshi Murayama, Masami Hasebe, Jun Yamaguchi and Yoshinori Fujiwara

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:156

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  36. Content type: Research article

    Women who are seeking services for problematic substance use are often also balancing responsibilities of motherhood. Integrated treatment programs were developed to address the diverse needs of women, by offe...

    Authors: Thao Lan Le, Chris Kenaszchuk, Karen Milligan and Karen Urbanoski

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:154

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  37. Content type: Correspondence

    A high quality systematic review search has three core attributes; it is systematic, comprehensive, and transparent. The current over-emphasis on the primacy of systematic reviews over other forms of literatur...

    Authors: Devon Greyson, Ellen Rafferty, Linda Slater, Noni MacDonald, Julie A. Bettinger, Ève Dubé and Shannon E. MacDonald

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:153

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  38. Content type: Research article

    Asylum seekers in Sweden are offered tuberculosis (TB) screening at a voluntary post-arrival health examination. The role of this screening in improving the TB diagnostic pathway has not been previously evalua...

    Authors: Anna Wikell, Helena Åberg, Jad Shedrawy, Isac Röhl, Jerker Jonsson, Ingela Berggren, Charlotte Buxbaum, Knut Lönnroth and Judith Bruchfeld

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:151

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  39. Content type: Research article

    Gestational diabetes increases risk for type 2 diabetes seven-fold, creating a large public health burden in a young population. In the US, there are no large registries for tracking postpartum diabetes screen...

    Authors: Cynthia J. Herrick, Matthew R. Keller, Anne M. Trolard, Ben P. Cooper, Margaret A. Olsen and Graham A. Colditz

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:148

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  40. Content type: Research article

    People from refugee backgrounds face various challenges after moving to a new country. Successfully securing employment has been linked to positive health outcomes in refugee populations; there is less researc...

    Authors: Nina Wood, Grace Charlwood, Christopher Zecchin, Vibeke Hansen, Michael Douglas and Sabrina Winona Pit

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:143

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  41. Content type: Research article

    Unhealthy food marketing is considered a contributor to childhood obesity. In Canada, food marketing in schools is mostly self-regulated by industry though it is sometimes restricted through provincial school ...

    Authors: Monique Potvin Kent, Cayley E. Velazquez, Elise Pauzé, Olivia Cheng-Boivin and Noami Berfeld

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:114

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  42. Content type: Research article

    This paper reports on a five-year study using a theory-based program logic evaluation, and supporting survey and interview data to examine the extent to which the activites of the South Australian Health in Al...

    Authors: Fran Baum, Toni Delany-Crowe, Colin MacDougall, Helen van Eyk, Angela Lawless, Carmel Williams and Michael Marmot

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:88

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