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Health policies, systems and management in high-income countries

Section edited by Summer Hawkins

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. The number of health-related wearable devices is growing but it is not clear if Americans are willing to adopt health insurance wellness programs based on wearables and the incentives with which they would be ...

    Authors: Diego Soliño-Fernandez, Alexander Ding, Esteban Bayro-Kaiser and Eric L. Ding

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:1649

    Content type: Research article

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  2. The directly observed treatment short-course (DOTS) is one of the most effective tuberculosis (TB) control measures worldwide. However, despite its aim of providing comprehensive and humanistic care, few studi...

    Authors: Kae Nagahiro Shiratani

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:1642

    Content type: Research article

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  3. Integrative medicine (IM) is a patient-centered, evidence-based, therapeutic paradigm which combines conventional and complementary approaches. The use of IM in pediatrics has increased in the past two decades...

    Authors: Katharina Fetz, Thomas Ostermann, Melanie Schwermer, Sebastian Appelbaum, Jan Vagedes, Tycho Jan Zuzak and Alfred Längler

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:1623

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  4. Since 1997 Sweden has a policy for road safety called Vision Zero. Given that Vision Zero is mainly used to reduce fatalities among car occupants, the question has been raised by the research community whether...

    Authors: Astrid Värnild, Peter Larm and Per Tillgren

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:1576

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  5. Sugar-sweetened beverage consumption is contributing to the obesity epidemic. On 28 March 2017, Catalonia enacted a law levying an excise tax on sugar-sweetened beverages for public health reasons. The purpose...

    Authors: Miguel Ángel Royo-Bordonada, Carlos Fernández-Escobar, Lorena Simón, Belen Sanz-Barbero and Javier Padilla

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:1553

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  6. The 2010–2015 Conservative-led Coalition Government launched their flagship Public Health Responsibility Deal (PHRD) for England in 2011; a year before their alcohol strategy. This co-regulatory regime placed ...

    Authors: Benjamin Hawkins and Jim McCambridge

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:1477

    Content type: Research article

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  7. Burden is well documented among carers of stroke survivors, yet current evidence is insufficient to determine if any strategies reduce this negative outcome. Existing interventions for carers of stroke survivo...

    Authors: Jessica F. Hall, Thomas F. Crocker, David J. Clarke and Anne Forster

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:1408

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  8. Childhood obesity is a serious public health concern worldwide. Community-based obesity prevention interventions offer promise due to their focus on the broader social, cultural and environmental contexts rather ...

    Authors: Lucinda Bell, Shahid Ullah, Eva Leslie, Anthea Magarey, Timothy Olds, Julie Ratcliffe, Gang Chen, Michelle Miller, Michelle Jones and Lynne Cobiac

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:1338

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  9. Australia is committed to eliminating the hepatitis C virus (HCV) by 2030. Despite regulations in Australia that enable the prescription of subsidised direct acting antiviral (DAA) by primary health care provi...

    Authors: Davoud Pourmarzi, Hayley Thompson, James A. Thomas, Lisa Hall, Andrew Smirnov, Gerard FitzGerald and Tony Rahman

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:1335

    Content type: Research article

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  10. In the Netherlands as well as in other countries citizens take initiatives to provide or maintain services in the area of care and welfare. Citizens’ initiatives (CI’s) are organisations some of which have a f...

    Authors: Thijs van der Knaap, Jan Smelik, Floor de Jong, Peter Spreeuwenberg and Peter P. Groenewegen

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:1334

    Content type: Research article

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  11. Australia experiences a high incidence of natural emergencies and Australian governments have committed significant investment into emergency preparedness and response. Amongst the population groups most vulne...

    Authors: Karleen Gribble, Mary Peterson and Decalie Brown

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:1278

    Content type: Research article

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  12. SIPsmartER is a 6-month evidenced-based, multi-component behavioral intervention that targets sugar-sweetened beverages among adults. It consists of three in-person group classes, one teach-back call, and 11 auto...

    Authors: Kathleen J. Porter, Donna Jean Brock, Paul A. Estabrooks, Katelynn M. Perzynski, Erin R. Hecht, Pamela Ray, Natalie Kruzliakova, Eleanor S. Cantrell and Jamie M. Zoellner

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:1273

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  13. Documentation and diagnosis of childhood obesity in primary care is poor and providers are often unfamiliar with guidelines. This lack of knowledge may be attributed to insufficient training in medical school ...

    Authors: Emily Hill Guseman, Elizabeth A. Beverly, Jonathon Whipps and Sophia Mort

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:1251

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  14. The cost-effectiveness of community health worker (CHW)-based cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk-reduction interventions is not well established. Colorado Heart Healthy Solutions is a CHW-based intervention des...

    Authors: Lauren Smith, Adam Atherly, Jon Campbell, Nick Flattery, Stephanie Coronel and Mori Krantz

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:1234

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  15. The National Early Warning Score (NEWS/NEWS 2) has been adopted across the National Health Service (NHS) in the U.K. as a method of escalating care for deteriorating patients. Intensive Care Unit (ICU) resourc...

    Authors: Hassan Zaidi, Mohamed Bader-El-Den and James McNicholas

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:1231

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  16. Poor diet is a significant contributor to the burden of global disease. There are numerous policies available to address poor diets; however, these policies often require public support to encourage policy act...

    Authors: Janelle Kwon, Adrian J. Cameron, David Hammond, Christine M. White, Lana Vanderlee, Jasmin Bhawra and Gary Sacks

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:1205

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  17. In Italy, the number of individuals who have forgone medical examinations or treatments for economic reasons is one of the highest in Europe. During the global economic crisis of 2008, the restrictive policies...

    Authors: Alessio Petrelli, Aldo Rosano, Alessandra Rossi, Concetta Mirisola and Cesare Cislaghi

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:1202

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  18. By 2030, 30% of the European population will be aged 60 or over and those aged 80 and above will be the fastest growing cohort. An increasing number of people will die at an advanced age with multiple chronic ...

    Authors: Elisabeth Honinx, Nanja van Dop, Tinne Smets, Luc Deliens, Nele Van Den Noortgate, Katherine Froggatt, Giovanni Gambassi, Marika Kylänen, Bregje Onwuteaka-Philipsen, Katarzyna Szczerbińska and Lieve Van den Block

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:1199

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  19. Currently in Australia there is a lack of clarity regarding routine assessment of primary school aged children’s weight status despite it being the first step in the identification of overweight and obesity. T...

    Authors: Kamila Davidson, Helen Vidgen, Elizabeth Denney-Wilson and Lynne Daniels

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:1196

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  20. The paper presents two-year findings from a study investigating the effectiveness of Housing First (HF) with assertive community treatment (ACT) in helping individuals with serious mental illness, who are home...

    Authors: Tim Aubry, Jimmy Bourque, Paula Goering, Susan Crouse, Scott Veldhuizen, Stefanie LeBlanc, Rebecca Cherner, Paul-Émile Bourque, Sarah Pakzad and Claudette Bradshaw

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:1154

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  21. In 1976, the U.S. Sugar Association (SA), a globally networked trade organization representing the cane and beet sugar industry, won the Public Relations Society of America’s (PRSA) Silver Anvil Award for a cr...

    Authors: Cristin E. Kearns, Stanton A. Glantz and Dorie E. Apollonio

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:1150

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  22. Targeted chronic disease programs are vital to improving health outcomes for Indigenous people globally. In Australia it is not known where evaluated chronic disease programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait I...

    Authors: Hannah Beks, Marley J. Binder, Constance Kourbelis, Geraldine Ewing, James Charles, Yin Paradies, Robyn A. Clark and Vincent L. Versace

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:1115

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  23. As the incidence and prevalence rates of end stage renal disease (ESRD) rise globally, a disproportionate increase has been observed in the elderly population. Singapore has the fifth highest incidence of trea...

    Authors: Emeline Han, Farah Shiraz, Victoria Haldane, Joel Jun Kai Koh, Rina Yu Chin Quek, Semra Ozdemir, Eric Andrew Finkelstein, Tazeen Hasan Jafar, Hui-Lin Choong, Sheryl Gan, Lydia W. W. Lim and Helena Legido-Quigley

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:1107

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  24. Electronic health record (EHR) data, collected primarily for individual patient care and billing purposes, compiled in health information exchanges (HIEs) may have a secondary use for population health surveil...

    Authors: Roberta Z. Horth, Shelly Wagstaff, Theron Jeppson, Vishal Patel, Jefferson McClellan, Nicole Bissonette, Michael Friedrichs and Angela C. Dunn

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:1106

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  25. Culturally competent health care service delivery can improve health outcomes, increasing the efficiency of clinical staff, and greater patient satisfaction. We aimed to explore the experience of patients with...

    Authors: Jennifer White, Trish Plompen, Leanne Tao, Emily Micallef and Terrence Haines

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:1096

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  26. Household smoke-free home rules cannot fully protect nonsmokers from secondhand smoke (SHS) if they live in multi-unit housing (MUH). Instead, property-level smoke-free policies are needed to prevent SHS incur...

    Authors: Michelle C. Kegler, Erin Lebow-Skelley, Jaimie Lea, Regine Haardörfer, Adrienne Lefevre, Pam Diggs and Sally Herndon

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:1071

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  27. The scoping review was conducted as part of the project “Improving Health Monitoring in Old Age” (IMOA) which aims at developing a conceptual framework with key indicators for a public health monitoring of the...

    Authors: Maike Miriam Grube, Ralph Möhler, Judith Fuchs, Beate Gaertner and Christa Scheidt-Nave

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:1068

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  28. Public health policies sometimes have unexpected effects. Understanding how policies and interventions lead to outcomes is essential if policymakers and researchers are to intervene effectively and reduce harm...

    Authors: Kathryn Oliver, Theo Lorenc, Jane Tinkler and Chris Bonell

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:1057

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  29. Prisons offer the state the opportunity to gain access to a population that is at particularly high risk of ill-health. Despite the supportive legal and policy structures surrounding prison rehabilitation, the...

    Authors: Nasrul Ismail

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:1043

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  30. Chlamydia trachomatis (C. trachomatis) is the most common bacterial sexually transmitted infection in the UK. Recent studies suggest that in addition to the genital tract, C. trachomatis is found in the throat an...

    Authors: Sally Brown, Charlotte Paterson, Nadine Dougall, Sharon Cameron and Nick Wheelhouse

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:992

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  31. Decisions relating to the funding of new drugs are becoming increasingly challenging due to a combination of aging populations, rapidly increasing list prices, and greater numbers of drug-indication pairs bein...

    Authors: Sarah Costa, Colene Bentley, Dean A. Regier, Helen McTaggart-Cowan, Craig Mitton, Michael M. Burgess and Stuart J. Peacock

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:977

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  32. Childhood overweight and obesity is a serious public health issue with an increase being observed in preschool-aged children. Treating childhood obesity is difficult and few countries use standardized treatmen...

    Authors: Anna Ek, Christine Delisle Nyström, Adela Chirita-Emandi, Josep A. Tur, Karin Nordin, Cristina Bouzas, Emma Argelich, J. Alfredo Martínez, Gary Frost, Isabel Garcia-Perez, Marc Saez, Corina Paul, Marie Löf and Paulina Nowicka

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:945

    Content type: Study protocol

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  33. Taxes on sugary beverages are an emerging strategy to improve health by reducing consumption and raising revenues to support community wellbeing. However, taxes may have unintended consequences, and perception...

    Authors: Vanessa M. Oddo, James Krieger, Melissa Knox, Brian E. Saelens, Nadine Chan, Lina Pinero Walkinshaw, Mary Podrabsky and Jessica C. Jones-Smith

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:910

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  34. The nutrition and physical activity self-assessment for childcare (NAP SACC) intervention has demonstrated effectiveness in the USA. A feasibility randomised controlled trial was conducted in England to adapt ...

    Authors: Rebecca Langford, Russell Jago, James White, Laurence Moore, Angeliki Papadaki, William Hollingworth, Chris Metcalfe, Dianne Ward, Rona Campbell, Sian Wells and Ruth Kipping

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:865

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  35. As part of efforts to expand Health in All Policies (HiAP) in Washington State in the U.S., the Washington State Board of Health (BOH) received statutory authority in 2006 to conduct Health Impact Reviews (HIR...

    Authors: Keshia M. Pollack Porter, Ruth Lindberg and Arielle McInnis-Simoncelli

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:862

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  36. Children from refugee backgrounds are less likely to access appropriate health and social care than non-refugee children. Our aim was to identify refugee children’s health/wellbeing strengths and needs, and th...

    Authors: Jess R. Baker, Shanti Raman, Jane Kohlhoff, Ajesh George, Catherine Kaplun, Ann Dadich, Catherine T. Best, Amit Arora, Karen Zwi, Virginia Schmied and Valsamma Eapen

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:812

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  37. Policymakers can adopt and implement various supply-side policies to limit youth access and exposure to tobacco, such as increasing the minimum age of sale, limiting the number or type of tobacco outlets, or b...

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

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:825

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  38. The RE-AIM (Reach, Effectiveness, Adoption, Implementation, and Maintenance) framework is a useful tool for evaluating the impact of programs in community settings. RE-AIM has been applied to evaluate individu...

    Authors: Robert B. Shaw, Shane N. Sweet, Christopher B. McBride, William K. Adair and Kathleen A. Martin Ginis

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:803

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  39. 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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  40. 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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  41. 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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  42. 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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  43. 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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  44. 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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  45. 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

    Content type: Research article

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