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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. 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

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  2. 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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  3. 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

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  4. 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

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  5. 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

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  6. 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

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  7. 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

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  8. 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

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  9. 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

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  10. 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

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  11. 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

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  12. 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

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  13. 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

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  14. 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

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  15. 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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  16. 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

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  17. 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

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  18. 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

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  19. 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

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  20. 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

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  21. 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

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  22. 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

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  23. 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

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  24. 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

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  25. 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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  26. 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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  27. 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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  28. 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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  29. 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

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  30. Despite widely available access to HIV care in Washington, DC, inequities in HIV outcomes persist. We hypothesized that laboratory monitoring and virologic outcomes would not differ significantly based on insu...

    Authors: Deborah Goldstein, W. David Hardy, Anne Monroe, Qingjiang Hou, Rachel Hart and Arpi Terzian

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:509

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  31. Community engagement is increasingly seen as key to improving healthcare systems and to increasing communities’ involvement in the shaping of their own communities. This paper describes how ‘community engageme...

    Authors: E. De Weger, N. J. E. Van Vooren, H. W. Drewes, K. G. Luijkx and C. A. Baan

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:508

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  32. Health systems in Canada and elsewhere are at a crossroads of reform in response to rising economic and societal pressures. The Quadruple Aim advocates for: improving patient experience, reducing cost, advanci...

    Authors: Ruta K. Valaitis, Sabrina T. Wong, Marjorie MacDonald, Ruth Martin-Misener, Linda O’Mara, Donna Meagher-Stewart, Sandy Isaacs, Nancy Murray, Andrea Baumann, Fred Burge, Michael Green, Janusz Kaczorowski and Rachel Savage

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:507

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  33. Older adults complete suicide at a disproportionately higher rate compared to the general population, with firearms the most common means of suicide. State gun laws may be a policy remedy. Less is known about ...

    Authors: Altaf Saadi, Kristen R. Choi, Sae Takada and Fred J. Zimmerman

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:334

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  34. Human papillomavirus (HPV) infection is a pre-requisite for cervical cancer, which represents the third most common cancer among women worldwide. A causal relationship also exists between HPV and cancer in oth...

    Authors: Stephanie Stephens, Anuja Chatterjee, Victoria Coles and Robin Crawford

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:453

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  35. To effectively impact the significant population burden of injury, we completed a situational assessment of injury prevention practice within a provincial public health system to identify system-wide prioritie...

    Authors: Sarah A. Richmond, Sarah Carsley, Rachel Prowse, Heather Manson and Brent Moloughney

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:431

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  36. The purpose of this study is to highlight the experiences of women who are often hidden in what we know and understand about homelessness, and to make policy and practice recommendations for women-centred serv...

    Authors: Katrina Milaney, Nicole Williams, Stacy Lee Lockerbie, Daniel J. Dutton and Elaine Hyshka

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:397

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  37. Public health agencies in the United States have engaged in abortion-related activities for nearly 50 years. Prior research indicates that, while most state health departments engage in some abortion-related w...

    Authors: Nancy F. Berglas, Erin Wingo, Katie Woodruff and Sarah C. M. Roberts

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:299

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  38. Providing healthcare professionals with health surveillance data aims to support professional and organisational behaviour change. The UK Five Year Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Strategy 2013 to 2018 identifi...

    Authors: Mustafa Al-Haboubi, Andrew Trathen, Nick Black, Elizabeth Eastmure and Nicholas Mays

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:279

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  39. Approximately one-third of all adults worldwide are diagnosed with multiple chronic conditions (MCCs). The literature has identified several challenges facing providers and patients coping with managing MCCs i...

    Authors: Kah Mun Foo, Meena Sundram and Helena Legido-Quigley

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:273

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  40. Distance to a hospital is an influencing factor for patients´ decision making when choosing a hospital for surgery. It is unclear whether patients prefer to travel further to regional instead of local hospital...

    Authors: Stefanie Bühn, Jakob Holstiege and Dawid Pieper

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:253

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  41. To assess the prevalence of urban-rural disparity in lower extremities amputation (LEA) among patients with diabetes and to explore whether patient-related or physician-related factors might have contributed t...

    Authors: Chung-Hao Li, Chia-Chun Li, Chin-Li Lu, Jin-Shang Wu, Li-Jung Elizabeth Ku and Chung-Yi Li

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:212

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  42. North America has been experiencing a persistent epidemic of opioid-related overdose mortality, which has increasingly been driven by fatalities from illicit, toxic opioids in most recent years. Patterns of sy...

    Authors: Benedikt Fischer, Wayne Jones, Mark Tyndall and Paul Kurdyak

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:143

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  43. Fifteen states, including West Virginia, have liberalized their laws concerning fireworks possession and sale. Effective June 1, 2016, House Bill 2852 enabled all Class C fireworks to be sold within the state....

    Authors: Toni M. Rudisill, Katarina Preamble and Courtney Pilkerton

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:137

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