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Health policies, systems and management in high-income countries

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. Stated principles in government policy documents serve as a set of values outlining how governments intend to work. As such, health planning principles should be reflected in health policy across the cycle of ...

    Authors: Joanne N. Luke, Angeline S. Ferdinand, Yin Paradies, Daniel Chamravi and Margaret Kelaher

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1856

    Content type: Research article

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  2. High participation and performance are necessary conditions for the effectiveness of breast cancer screening programs. Here we describe the process to define and test a planning software application and an aud...

    Authors: Danilo Cereda, Antonio Federici, Angela Guarino, Grazia Serantoni, Liliana Coppola, Patrizia Lemma and Paolo Giorgi Rossi

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1778

    Content type: Software

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  3. People living with HIV are diagnosed with age-related chronic health conditions, including cardiovascular disease, at higher than expected rates. Medical management of these chronic health conditions frequentl...

    Authors: Allison R. Webel, Julie Schexnayder, C. Robin Rentrope, Hayden B. Bosworth, Corrilynn O. Hileman, Nwora Lance Okeke, Rajesh Vedanthan and Chris T. Longenecker

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1768

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  4. Increasingly, national policy initiatives and programmes have been developed to increase physical activity (PA). However, challenges in implementing and translating these policies into effective local-level pr...

    Authors: Benjamin P. Rigby, Peter van der Graaf, Liane B. Azevedo, Louise Hayes, Benjamin Gardner and Caroline J. Dodd-Reynolds

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1760

    Content type: Research article

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  5. ‘Systems leadership’ has emerged as a key concept in global public health alongside such related concepts as ‘systems thinking’ and ‘whole systems approaches.’ It is an approach that is well suited to issues t...

    Authors: Charlotte Bigland, David Evans, Richard Bolden and Maggie Rae

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1735

    Content type: Research article

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  6. In Denmark, vaccination coverage is measured using the Danish Vaccination Register (DDV). In general, the vaccination coverage is high, but for some vaccinations, the coverage is suboptimal with geographical v...

    Authors: Sidsel Skou Voss, Ida Glode Helmuth, Camilla Hiul Suppli and Palle Valentiner-Branth

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1681

    Content type: Research article

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  7. Norway and Sweden have similar populations and health care systems, but different reactions to the COVID-19 pandemic. Norway closed educational institutions, and banned sports and cultural activities; Sweden k...

    Authors: Lise M. Helsingen, Erle Refsum, Dagrun Kyte Gjøstein, Magnus Løberg, Michael Bretthauer, Mette Kalager and Louise Emilsson

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1597

    Content type: Research article

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  8. Since the time of declaration of global pandemic of COVID-19 by World Health Organization (WHO), falsified hand sanitizers surfaced regularly in markets, posing possible harm to public due to unlisted inclusio...

    Authors: Ammar Abdulrahman Jairoun, Sabaa Saleh Al-Hemyari, Moyad Shahwan, Faris El-Dahiyat and Shazia Jamshed

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1595

    Content type: Research article

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  9. Non-communicable diseases [NCDs] are the major cause of mortality globally and are increasing in prevalence. Different healthcare professionals’ access different population groups; and engaging allied healthca...

    Authors: Zehra Yonel, Asma Yahyouche, Zahra Jalal, Alistair James, Thomas Dietrich and Iain L. C. Chapple

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1576

    Content type: Research article

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  10. People with a migration background are vulnerable to dementia. Due to problems such as underdiagnosis or access barriers, the care of this population is a public health challenge in Europe. Many countries are ...

    Authors: Tim Schmachtenberg, Jessica Monsees, Wolfgang Hoffmann, Neeltje van den Berg, Ulrike Stentzel and Jochen René Thyrian

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1555

    Content type: Research article

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  11. Knowledge of geospatial pattern in comorbidities prevalence is critical to an understanding of the local health needs among people with osteoarthritis (OA). It provides valuable information for targeting optim...

    Authors: Xiaoxiao Liu, Rizwan Shahid, Alka B. Patel, Terrence McDonald, Stefania Bertazzon, Nigel Waters, Judy E. Seidel and Deborah A. Marshall

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1551

    Content type: Research article

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  12. In the UK, rates of childhood obesity remain high. Community based programmes for child obesity prevention are available to be commissioned by local authorities. However, there is a lack of evidence regarding ...

    Authors: Edward J. D. Webb, Elizabeth Stamp, Michelle Collinson, Amanda J. Farrin, June Stevens, Wendy Burton, Harry Rutter, Holly Schofield and Maria Bryant

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1535

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  13. Spontaneous reporting (SR) of adverse drug reactions (ADRs) from patients can be considered as a valuable activity providing both objective and subjective data. However, improving the rate of under-reporting h...

    Authors: Seungyeon Kim, Yun Mi Yu, Myoungsoon You, Kyeong Hye Jeong and Euni Lee

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1527

    Content type: Research article

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  14. European Member States, the European Commission and its agencies work together to enhance preparedness and response for serious cross-border threats to health such as Ebola. Yet, common understanding of public...

    Authors: Evelien Belfroid, Dorothee Roβkamp, Graham Fraser, Corien Swaan and Aura Timen

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1482

    Content type: Research article

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  15. There are social and economic differences between Northern Ireland (NI) and the Republic of Ireland (ROI). There are also differences in the health care systems in the two jurisdictions. The aims of this study...

    Authors: Tom Pierse, Luke Barry, Liam Glynn, Andrew W. Murphy, Sharon Cruise and Ciaran O’Neill

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1446

    Content type: Research article

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  16. Social diversity can affect healthcare outcomes in situations when access to healthcare is limited for specific groups. Although the principle of equality is one of the central topics on the agenda of the Euro...

    Authors: Marcin Orzechowski, Marianne Nowak, Katarzyna Bielińska, Anna Chowaniec, Robert Doričić, Mojca Ramšak, Paweł Łuków, Amir Muzur, Zvonka Zupanič-Slavec and Florian Steger

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1399

    Content type: Research article

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  17. People who are houseless (also referred to as homeless) perceive high stigma in healthcare settings, and face disproportionate disparities in morbidity and mortality versus people who are housed. Medical stude...

    Authors: Caroline King, Cameron Fisher, Jacob Johnson, Arum Chun, David Bangsberg and Paula Carder

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1337

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  18. Mild to moderate road traffic injury (RTI) in people of working age is associated with limited recovery. Less is known about RTI recovery in older age. This study explored the perspectives and factors associat...

    Authors: Katherine Brown, Ian D. Cameron, Lisa Keay, Ha Nguyen, Lisa Dillon, Jagnoor Jagnoor and Rebecca Ivers

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1294

    Content type: Research article

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  19. While previous research has identified how criminalization of HIV non-disclosure can have deleterious effects on those living with HIV, the perspectives of people who use drugs – a population disproportionatel...

    Authors: Cara Ng, Koharu Loulou Chayama, Andrea Krüsi, Will Small and Rod Knight

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1220

    Content type: Research article

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  20. Many countries worldwide have experienced reductions in provision of formal long-term care services amidst rising need for care. Provision of unpaid care, meanwhile, has grown. This includes care provided by y...

    Authors: Nicola Brimblecombe, Martin Knapp, Derek King, Madeleine Stevens and Javiera Cartagena Farias

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1115

    Content type: Research article

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  21. Internationally, there are growing concerns about antimicrobial resistance. This has resulted in increased scrutiny of antibiotic prescribing trends – particularly in primary care where the majority of prescri...

    Authors: Katie Thomson, Rachel Berry, Tomos Robinson, Heather Brown, Clare Bambra and Adam Todd

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1148

    Content type: Research article

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  22. Disparities in access to care persist for Latino youth born in the United States (US). The association of maternal characteristics, such as maternal citizenship status and insurance coverage, on youth health i...

    Authors: Cinthya K. Alberto, Jessie Kemmick Pintor, Brent Langellier, Loni Philip Tabb, Ana P. Martínez-Donate and Jim P. Stimpson

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1088

    Content type: Research article

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  23. The United States (US) Food and Drug Administration (FDA), under the 2009 Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, banned characterizing flavors in cigarettes; however, mentholated tobacco products w...

    Authors: Christopher J. Cadham, Luz Maria Sanchez-Romero, Nancy L. Fleischer, Ritesh Mistry, Jana L. Hirschtick, Rafael Meza and David T. Levy

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1055

    Content type: Research article

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  24. There is increasing attention paid to the arrival of migrants from outwith the EU region to the European countries. Healthcare that is universally and equably accessible needs to be provided for these migrants...

    Authors: Adele Lebano, Sarah Hamed, Hannah Bradby, Alejandro Gil-Salmerón, Estrella Durá-Ferrandis, Jorge Garcés-Ferrer, Fabienne Azzedine, Elena Riza, Pania Karnaki, Dina Zota and Athena Linos

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1039

    Content type: Research article

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  25. Institutions are a recommended setting for dietary interventions and nutrition policies as these provide an opportunity to improve health by creating healthy food environments. In Australia, state and territor...

    Authors: Emalie Rosewarne, Annet C. Hoek, Gary Sacks, Luke Wolfenden, Jason Wu, Jenny Reimers, Kirstan Corben, Michael Moore, Cliona Ni Mhurchu and Jacqui Webster

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1038

    Content type: Research article

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  26. Universal child health services (UCHS) provide an important pragmatic platform for the delivery of universal and targeted interventions to support families and optimize child health outcomes. We aimed to ident...

    Authors: James J. Newham, Karen McLean, Samuel Ginja, Lisa Hurt, Carly Molloy, Raghu Lingam and Sharon Goldfeld

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:993

    Content type: Research article

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  27. The value of competency frameworks for developing the public health workforce is widely acknowledged internationally. However, there is a lack of formal evaluations of such frameworks. In the UK, the Public He...

    Authors: Anna Bornioli, David Evans and Claire Cotter

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:956

    Content type: Research article

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  28. This study is aimed toward an analysis of the variations in lung cancer incidence and mortality, adjusted by population factors (age, gender, and year), between administrative areas.

    Authors: Jason C. Hsu, Yu-Chi Tseng, Sheng-Mao Chang, Yang-Cheng Lee, Peng-Chan Lin and Hone-Jay Chu

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:951

    Content type: Research article

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  29. There is a pressing need for policy makers to demonstrate progress made on investments in prevention, but few examples of monitoring systems capable of tracking population-level prevention policies and program...

    Authors: Kathleen Conte, Leah Marks, Victoria Loblay, Sisse Grøn, Amanda Green, Christine Innes-Hughes, Andrew Milat, Lina Persson, Mandy Williams, Sarah Thackway, Jo Mitchell and Penelope Hawe

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:917

    Content type: Research article

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  30. As diet-related diseases have increased over the past decades, large food companies have come under scrutiny for contributing to this public health crisis. In response, the food industry has implemented Corpor...

    Authors: Monique Potvin Kent, Elise Pauzé, Kevin Guo, Arianne Kent and Royce Jean-Louis

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:890

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  31. Significant long-term reduction in health-related quality of life (HRQoL) is often observed in survivors of the acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), and return to work (RtW) is limited. There is a pauci...

    Authors: Christian Apfelbacher, Susanne Brandstetter, Sebastian Blecha, Frank Dodoo-Schittko, Magdalena Brandl, Christian Karagiannidis, Michael Quintel, Stefan Kluge, Christian Putensen, Sven Bercker, Björn Ellger, Thomas Kirschning, Christian Arndt, Patrick Meybohm, Steffen Weber-Carstens and Thomas Bein

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:861

    Content type: Research article

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  32. Candida auris is a novel Candida species, and has emerged globally as a multidrug-resistant health care-associated fungal pathogen. YouTube™ (http://​www.​youtube.​com) as the largest free video-sharing website is i...

    Authors: Jiangqing Huang, Shengcen Zhang, Qirong Xiao, Yingping Cao and Bin Li

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:832

    Content type: Research article

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  33. The speed of adoption of new drugs and frequencies of substitutions leads to changes in health care expenditures as well as patient outcomes. In this study, we aim to understand the speed of adoption of new dr...

    Authors: Kyung-Bok Son

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:797

    Content type: Research article

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  34. People with migration background and dementia are a vulnerable group. Providing care for this group is a public health challenge in Europe. An increasing number of countries are issuing national dementia plans...

    Authors: Tim Schmachtenberg, Jessica Monsees, Wolfgang Hoffmann, Neeltje van den Berg, Ulrike Stentzel and Jochen René Thyrian

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:784

    Content type: Research article

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  35. Assessing public opinion towards tobacco policies is important, particularly when determining the possible direction of future public health policies. The aim of this study was to describe the implementation o...

    Authors: John Baker, Mohd Masood, Muhammad Aziz Rahman and Stephen Begg

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:773

    Content type: Research article

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  36. People living in rural and remote communities commonly experience significant health disadvantages. Geographical barriers and reduced specialist and generalist services impact access to care when compared with...

    Authors: R. Disler, K. Glenister and J. Wright

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:770

    Content type: Research article

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  37. This article focuses on policy and law concerning violence against women as a public health issue. In Sweden, violence against women is recently recognized as a public health problem; we label this shift “The ...

    Authors: Ann Öhman, Monica Burman, Maria Carbin and Kerstin Edin

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:753

    Content type: Correspondence

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  38. Youth friendly services (YFS) was established in pilot areas in China. This study aimed to explore the promoting level on the awareness and utilization of YFS after the implementing of a multi-sectoral coopera...

    Authors: Ning Feng, Xi Jin, Jiuling Wu and Linhong Wang

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:747

    Content type: Research article

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  39. Choice of minimum legal age (MLA) for cannabis use is a critical and contentious issue in legalization of non-medical cannabis. In Canada where non-medical cannabis was recently legalized in October 2018, the ...

    Authors: Hai V. Nguyen, Stephen Bornstein, John-Michael Gamble, Maria Mathews, Lisa Bishop and Shweta Mital

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:557

    Content type: Research article

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  40. Canada’s food supply is abundant in less healthy products, increasing Canadians’ risk of obesity and non-communicable diseases. Food companies strongly influence the food supply; however, no studies have exami...

    Authors: Laura Vergeer, Lana Vanderlee, Mavra Ahmed, Beatriz Franco-Arellano, Christine Mulligan, Kacie Dickinson and Mary R. L’Abbé

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:650

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  41. As of May 2016, pictorial health warnings (PHWs) showing the harms of smoking were implemented in the European Union. After one year they had to be fully implemented. We studied changes in awareness of the hea...

    Authors: Dirk-Jan A. van Mourik, Gera E. Nagelhout, Marc C. Willemsen, Bas van den Putte and Hein de Vries

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:512

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  42. There is a need for acceptable and feasible HIV testing options to ensure people living with HIV know their status so they can access care. Pharmacist-provided HIV point-of-care testing (POCT) may overcome tes...

    Authors: Deborah V. Kelly, Jason Kielly, Christine Hughes, Jacqueline Gahagan, Shabnam Asghari, Stephanie Hancock, Kimberley Burt, Petra Smyczek, Carmen Charlton and Hai Nguyen

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:639

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  43. Civic engagement, including voting, volunteering, and participating in civic organizations, is associated with better psychological, physical and behavioral health and well-being. In addition, civic engagement...

    Authors: Tamara Dubowitz, Christopher Nelson, Sarah Weilant, Jennifer Sloan, Andy Bogart, Carolyn Miller and Anita Chandra

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:635

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  44. In April 2014 the UK government launched the ‘NHS Visitor and Migrant Cost Recovery Programme Implementation Plan’ which set out a series of policy changes to recoup costs from ‘chargeable’ (largely non-UK bor...

    Authors: J. L. Potter, M. Burman, C. D. Tweed, D. Vaghela, H. Kunst, D. Swinglehurst and C. J. Griffiths

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:407

    Content type: Research article

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