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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: Study protocol

    Domestic violence and abuse remains a major health concern. It is unknown whether the improved healthcare response to domestic violence and abuse demonstrated in a cluster randomised controlled trial of IRIS (Ide...

    Authors: Alex Hardip Sohal, Gene Feder, Estela Barbosa, Lee Beresford, Anna Dowrick, Farah El-Shogri, Annie Howell, Natalia Lewis, Medina Johnson, Claire Nightingale, Kambiz Boomla, Stephen Morris, Sandra Eldridge and Chris Griffiths

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:971

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  2. Content type: Research article

    Socio-economic inequalities are associated with unequal exposure to social, economic and environmental risk factors, which in turn contribute to health inequalities. Understanding the impact of specific public...

    Authors: Katie Thomson, Frances Hillier-Brown, Adam Todd, Courtney McNamara, Tim Huijts and Clare Bambra

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:869

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  3. Content type: Research article

    Public health has had a history characterised by uncertainty of purpose, locus of control, and workforce identity. In many health systems, the public health function is fragmented, isolated and under-resourced...

    Authors: Alex Hall, Jonathan Hammond, Donna Bramwell, Anna Coleman, Lynsey Warwick-Giles and Kath Checkland

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:856

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  4. Content type: Research article

    Participatory budgeting (PB), citizens deliberating among themselves and with officials to decide how to allocate funds for public goods, has been increasingly implemented across Europe and worldwide. While PB...

    Authors: Mhairi Campbell, Oliver Escobar, Candida Fenton and Peter Craig

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:822

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  5. Content type: Research article

    Influenza is a serious public health concern, resulting in morbidity, mortality and significant expense to healthcare systems worldwide. Annual vaccination is the most effective way to prevent influenza. The N...

    Authors: Jennifer E. Isenor, Beth A. O’Reilly and Susan K. Bowles

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:787

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  6. Content type: Research article

    Displaying tobacco products at point-of-sale (PoS) has become an important marketing strategy for the tobacco industry. This study was designed to (1) examine how support for a PoS cigarette display ban change...

    Authors: Dirk-Jan A. van Mourik, Math J. J. M. Candel, Gera E. Nagelhout, Marc C. Willemsen, Geoffrey T. Fong, Karin Hummel, Bas van den Putte and Hein de Vries

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:740

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  7. Content type: Research article

    Evidence-based policy communication (EBPC) is an important, emerging focus in public health research. However, we have yet to understand public health workforce ability to develop and/or use it. The study obje...

    Authors: Beth E. Meyerson, Laura T. Haderxhanaj, Karen Comer and Gregory D. Zimet

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:700

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Globally, alcohol is causally related to 2.5 million deaths per year and 12.5% of these are due to cancer. Previous research has indicated that public awareness of alcohol as a risk factor for cancer is low an...

    Authors: Sarah Bates, John Holmes, Lucy Gavens, Elena Gomes de Matos, Jessica Li, Bernadette Ward, Lucie Hooper, Simon Dixon and Penny Buykx

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:688

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  9. Content type: Research article

    This systematic review assessed the effectiveness of capacity building interventions relevant to public health practice. The aim is to inform and improve capacity building interventions.

    Authors: Kara DeCorby-Watson, Gloria Mensah, Kim Bergeron, Samiya Abdi, Benjamin Rempel and Heather Manson

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:684

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Involving groups of community stakeholders (e.g., steering committees) to lead community-wide health interventions appears to support multiple outcomes ranging from policy and systems change to individual biol...

    Authors: Ariella R. Korn, Erin Hennessy, Ross A. Hammond, Steven Allender, Matthew W. Gillman, Matt Kasman, Jaimie McGlashan, Lynne Millar, Brynle Owen, Mark C. Pachucki, Boyd Swinburn, Alison Tovar and Christina D. Economos

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:681

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Factors that affect latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI) treatment completion in the US have not been well studied beyond public health settings. This gap was highlighted by recent health insurance-related reg...

    Authors: Erica L. Stockbridge, Thaddeus L. Miller, Erin K. Carlson and Christine Ho

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:662

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Previous studies have provided inconsistent findings on smoking among migrants, and very limited data exist on their second-hand smoke exposure. This study aims to investigate internal migrants’ smoking preval...

    Authors: Yunting Zheng, Ying Ji, Hongbo Dong and Chun Chang

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:655

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Given the widespread adoption of electronic health record (EHR) systems in health care organizations, public health agencies are interested in accessing EHR data to improve health assessment and surveillance. ...

    Authors: Karen F. Comer, P. Joseph Gibson, Jian Zou, Marc Rosenman and Brian E. Dixon

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:647

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Drug consumption during pregnancy is a matter of concern, especially regarding drugs known or suspected to be teratogens. Little is known about drug use in pregnant women in Italy. The present study is aimed a...

    Authors: Martina Ventura, Alice Maraschini, Paola D’Aloja, Ursula Kirchmayer, Ilaria Lega, Marina Davoli and Serena Donati

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:623

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  15. Content type: Research article

    We assessed the effectiveness of three interventions that were aimed to reduce non-acute low back pain (LBP) related symptoms in the occupational health setting.

    Authors: J. Rantonen, J. Karppinen, A. Vehtari, S. Luoto, E. Viikari-Juntura, M. Hupli, A. Malmivaara and S. Taimela

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:598

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  16. Content type: Research article

    Indicators are essential instruments for monitoring and evaluating population health. The selection of a multidimensional set of indicators should not only reflect the scientific evidence on health outcomes an...

    Authors: Ângela Freitas, Paula Santana, Mónica D. Oliveira, Ricardo Almendra, João C. Bana e Costa and Carlos A. Bana e Costa

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:557

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Public health journals need to have clear policies for reporting the funding of studies and authors’ personal financial and non-financial conflicts of interest (COI) disclosures. This study aims to assess the ...

    Authors: Karim N. Daou, Maram B. Hakoum, Assem M. Khamis, Lama Bou-Karroum, Ahmed Ali, Joseph R. Habib, Aline T. Semaan, Gordon Guyatt and Elie A. Akl

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:533

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  18. Content type: Research article

    There is growing recognition among public health circles of the need for regulatory action for overweight and obesity, but there has been limited research into whether the Australian public supports government...

    Authors: Emma Sainsbury, Chelsea Hendy, Roger Magnusson and Stephen Colagiuri

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:513

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  19. Content type: Research article

    Knowledge of mortality differentials in immigrant groups depending on their reason for migration, length of stay in host countries and characteristics of sending countries may be beneficial for policy interven...

    Authors: Astri Syse, Minja T. Dzamarija, Bernadette N. Kumar and Esperanza Diaz

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:508

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  20. Content type: Research article

    Homelessness increases the risk of tuberculosis (TB) disease and latent TB infection (LTBI), but persons experiencing homelessness often lack access to testing and treatment. We assessed the yield of TB testin...

    Authors: Andrea Parriott, Mohsen Malekinejad, Amanda P. Miller, Suzanne M. Marks, Hacsi Horvath and James G. Kahn

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:485

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  21. Content type: Research article

    A longstanding challenge of community-based participatory research (CBPR) has been to anchor evaluation and practice in a relevant theoretical framework of community change, which articulates specific and conc...

    Authors: Marie-Claude Tremblay, Debbie H. Martin, Alex M. McComber, Amelia McGregor and Ann C. Macaulay

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:487

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  22. Content type: Research article

    Several large scale community-based cardiovascular disease prevention programs were initiated in the 80s, and one was the Västerbotten Intervention Programme, Sweden. As an initial step in 1985, a pilot study ...

    Authors: Lars Lindholm, Anna Stenling, Margareta Norberg, Hans Stenlund and Lars Weinehall

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:452

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  23. Content type: Research article

    The safety and efficacy of live-attenuated varicella zoster virus (VZV) vaccines in preventing varicella and reducing associated morbidity and mortality in real-world have been previously shown. In Poland, VZV...

    Authors: Jacek Wysocki, Ilona Malecka, Joanna Stryczynska-Kazubska, Emmanouil Rampakakis, Barbara Kuter and Lara J. Wolfson

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:410

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  24. Content type: Research article

    In the UK, police custody officers have a responsibility to screen for health morbidity and vulnerability among detainees. This study aimed to develop an understanding of the barriers to performing effective h...

    Authors: Iain McKinnon and Tracy Finch

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:393

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  25. Content type: Research article

    Illicit drug use (DU) and hazardous drinking (HD) among marginalized populations may be associated with greater barriers to care.

    Authors: Mika Matsuzaki, Quan M. Vu, Marya Gwadz, Joseph A. C. Delaney, Irene Kuo, Maria Esther Perez Trejo, William E. Cunningham, Chinazo O. Cunningham and Katerina Christopoulos

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:366

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  26. Content type: Research article

    No evaluations of the cost or cost effectiveness of interventions to increase school implementation of food availability policies have been reported. Government and non-government agency decisions regarding th...

    Authors: Kathryn L. Reilly, Penny Reeves, Simon Deeming, Sze Lin Yoong, Luke Wolfenden, Nicole Nathan and John Wiggers

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:378

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  27. Content type: Research article

    Chronic hepatitis B infection is a significant cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide; low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) are disproportionately affected. Economic evaluations are a useful decision t...

    Authors: Cameron M. Wright, Lydia Boudarène, Ninh Thi Ha, Olivia Wu and Neil Hawkins

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:373

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  28. Content type: Research article

    Despite the potential population-level impact of a health-promoting schools approach, schools face challenges in implementation, indicating a gap between school health research and practice. Knowledge exchange...

    Authors: Kristin M. Brown, Susan J. Elliott, Jennifer Robertson-Wilson, Michelle M. Vine and Scott T. Leatherdale

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:351

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  29. Content type: Research article

    Several studies have now demonstrated the benefits of peer support in promoting diabetes control. The aim of this study is to evaluate the implementation of a cluster randomised controlled trial of a group-bas...

    Authors: Zahra Aziz, Michaela A. Riddell, Pilvikki Absetz, Margaret Brand and Brian Oldenburg

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:262

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  30. Content type: Research article

    While increasing cigarette taxes has been a major policy driver to decrease smoking, taxes on other tobacco products have received less attention. Our aims were to evaluate the impact of chewing tobacco/cigar ...

    Authors: Summer Sherburne Hawkins, Nicoline Bach and Christopher F. Baum

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:154

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  31. Content type: Research article

    Food manufacturers have made public statements and voluntary commitments, such as the Healthier Australia Commitment (HAC), to improve the nutritional quality of foods. However, limited information about the n...

    Authors: Sheree A. Spiteri, Dana Lee Olstad and Julie L. Woods

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:222

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  32. Content type: Research article

    There is scant research that simultaneously analyzes the joint effects of long-term unemployment, poverty and public expenditure policies on poorer self-perceived health during the financial crisis. The aim of...

    Authors: M. Puerto López del Amo González, Vivian Benítez and José J. Martín-Martín

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:133

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  33. Content type: Research article

    Migration flows of women from Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting practicing countries have generated a need for data on women potentially affected by Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting. This paper presents enhan...

    Authors: Livia Elisa Ortensi, Patrizia Farina and Els Leye

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:129

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  34. Content type: Research article

    Hypertension is one of the most frequently diagnosed chronic conditions in Germany. Targeted prevention strategies and allocation of general practitioners where they are needed most are necessary to prevent se...

    Authors: B. Kauhl, W. Maier, J. Schweikart, A. Keste and M. Moskwyn

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2018 18:121

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  35. Content type: Research article

    One of the key elements to enhance the uptake of evidence in public health policies is stimulating cross-sector collaboration. An intervention stimulating collaboration is a policy game. The aim of this study ...

    Authors: H. P. E. M. Spitters, J. A. M. van Oers, P. Sandu, C. J Lau, M. Quanjel, D. Dulf, R. Chereches and L. A. M. van de Goor

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:961

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  36. Content type: Research article

    Alcohol is associated with adverse health effects causing a considerable economic impact to society. A reliable estimate of this economic impact for Belgium is lacking. This is the aim of the study.

    Authors: Nick Verhaeghe, Delfine Lievens, Lieven Annemans, Freya Vander Laenen and Koen Putman

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:958

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  37. Content type: Research article

    In Germany, over-the-counter (OTC) drugs are normally reimbursed up to the age of 12 years only. The aim of this study was to analyse prices of over-the-counter drugs used by adolescents in Germany and their a...

    Authors: Salvatore Italia, Silke B. Wolfenstetter, Irene Brüske, Joachim Heinrich, Dietrich Berdel, Andrea von Berg, Irina Lehmann, Marie Standl and Christina M. Teuner

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:904

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  38. Content type: Research article

    With increasing financial pressures on public health in England, the need for evidence of high relevance to policy is now stronger than ever. However, the ways in which public health professionals (PHPs) and r...

    Authors: Peter van der Graaf, Lynne F. Forrest, Jean Adams, Janet Shucksmith and Martin White

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:892

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  39. Content type: Research article

    A breast cancer diagnosis affects an individual’s affiliation to labour market, but the long-term consequences of breast cancer on income in a Danish setting have not been examined. The present study investiga...

    Authors: Laura Schärfe Jensen, Charlotte Overgaard, Henrik Bøggild, Jens Peter Garne, Thomas Lund, Kim Overvad and Kirsten Fonager

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:853

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  40. Content type: Research article

    Socioeconomic inequalities in adolescent health predict future inequalities in adult health. Subjective measures of socioeconomic status (SES) may contribute with an increased understanding of these inequaliti...

    Authors: Mikael Ahlborg, Petra Svedberg, Maria Nyholm, Antony Morgan and Jens M. Nygren

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:838

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  41. Content type: Research article

    In British Columbia Canada, a Daily Physical Activity (DPA) policy was mandated that requires elementary school teachers to provide students with opportunities to achieve 30 min of physical activity during the...

    Authors: Katie A. Weatherson, Rhyann McKay, Heather L. Gainforth and Mary E. Jung

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2017 17:835

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