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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

    Every year in Europe 60,000 women develop cervical cancer and 30,000 die from the disease. HPV vaccines are currently believed to constitute an important element of cervical cancer control strategy. Currently ...

    Authors: Christina Karamanidou and Kostas Dimopoulos

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:467

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    The healthcare of immigrants is an important aspect of equity of care provision. Understanding how immigrants use the healthcare services based on their needs is crucial to establish effective health policy.

    Authors: Luis A. Gimeno-Feliu, Amaia Calderón-Larrañaga, Esperanza Diaz, Beatriz Poblador-Plou, Rosa Macipe-Costa and Alexandra Prados-Torres

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:450

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  3. Content type: Research article

    Reducing the Strength is an increasingly popular intervention in which local authorities ask retailers to stop selling ‘super-strength’ beers and ciders. The intervention cannot affect alcohol availability, no...

    Authors: Colin Sumpter, Elizabeth McGill, Esther Dickie, Enes Champo, Ester Romeri and Matt Egan

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:448

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  4. Content type: Debate

    Leading themes have guided tobacco control efforts, and these themes have changed over the decades. When questions arose about health risks of tobacco, they focused on two key themes: 1) how bad is the problem...

    Authors: Lynn T. Kozlowski and David B. Abrams

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:432

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    Public health systems in Canada have undergone significant policy renewal over the last decade in response to threats to the public’s health, such as severe acute respiratory syndrome. There is limited researc...

    Authors: Ruta Valaitis, Marjorie MacDonald, Anita Kothari, Linda O’Mara, Sandra Regan, John Garcia, Nancy Murray, Heather Manson, Nancy Peroff-Johnston, Gayle Bursey and Jennifer Boyko

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:412

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  6. Content type: Study protocol

    The Ecological Model of Childhood Overweight focuses on characteristics that could affect a child’s weight status in relation to the multiple environments surrounding that child. A community coaching approach ...

    Authors: Paula Peters, Abby Gold, Angela Abbott, Dawn Contreras, Ann Keim, Renee Oscarson, Sandra Procter, Valentina Remig, Carol Smathers and Amy R. Mobley

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:376

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    Health systems are not considered to be significantly influenced by European Union (EU) policies given the subsidiarity principle. Yet, recent developments including the patients’ rights and cross-border direc...

    Authors: Natasha Azzopardi-Muscat, Kristine Sorensen, Christoph Aluttis, Roderick Pace and Helmut Brand

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:334

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  8. Content type: Study protocol

    Achievement of the UNAIDS 90-90-90 targets in Sub-Sahara Africa is challenged by a weak care-cascade with poor linkage to care and retention in care. Community-based HIV testing and counselling (HTC) is widely...

    Authors: Niklaus Daniel Labhardt, Isaac Ringera, Thabo Ishmael Lejone, Phofu Masethothi, T’sepang Thaanyane, Mashaete Kamele, Ravi Shankar Gupta, Kyaw Thin, Bernard Cerutti, Thomas Klimkait, Christiane Fritz and Tracy Renée Glass

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:329

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Pay for Performance (P4P) mechanisms to health facilities and providers are currently being tested in several low- and middle-income countries (LMIC) to improve maternal and child health (MCH). This paper revi...

    Authors: Ashis Das, Saji S. Gopalan and Daniel Chandramohan

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:321

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Price and affordability of foods are important determinants of health. Targeted food pricing policies may help improve population diets. However, methods producing comparable data to inform relevant policy dec...

    Authors: Amanda J. Lee, Sarah Kane, Rebecca Ramsey, Elizabeth Good and Mathew Dick

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:315

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  11. Content type: Research article

    The financial burden of cancers has profound effects and there is a clear need to explore the issue from different perspectives and for different population groups. This study aimed at investigating inpatient ...

    Authors: Ting Zhao, Jing Cheng, Jing Chai, Rui Feng, Han Liang, Xingrong Shen, Rui Sha and Debin Wang

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:308

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Smoking is more than twice as common among the most disadvantaged socioeconomic groups in England compared to the most affluent and is a major contributor to health-related inequalities. The United Kingdom (UK...

    Authors: Kirk Allen, Chris Kypridemos, Lirije Hyseni, Anna B. Gilmore, Peter Diggle, Margaret Whitehead, Simon Capewell and Martin O’Flaherty

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:292

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Area-based health inequalities may partly be explained by higher levels of area disorder in deprived areas. Area disorder may cause safety concerns and hence impair health. This study assessed how, for whom an...

    Authors: Daniëlle Kramer, Janneke Harting and Anton E. Kunst

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:291

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Public health is to a large extent determined by non-health-sector policies. One approach to address this apparent paradox is to establish healthy public policies. This requires policy makers in non-health sec...

    Authors: Kirsten Langeveld, Karien Stronks and Janneke Harting

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:271

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  15. Content type: Research article

    National public health associations (PHAs) are key partners with governments and communities to improve, protect and promote the public’s health. Governance and organizational capacity are among the key determ...

    Authors: James Chauvin, Mahesh Shukla, James Rice and Laetitia Rispel

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:251

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  16. Content type: Debate

    Motorcycle helmets reduce both motorcycle-related fatalities and head injuries. Motorcycle crashes are a major public health concern which place economic stress on the U.S. healthcare system.

    Authors: Adam E. M. Eltorai, Chad Simon, Ariel Choi, Katie Hsia, Christopher T. Born and Alan H. Daniels

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:242

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Since 2008, Australia has seen the rapid emergence of marketing for online and mobile sports wagering. Previous research from other areas of public health, such as tobacco and alcohol, has identified the range...

    Authors: Emily G. Deans, Samantha L. Thomas, Mike Daube, Jeffrey Derevensky and Ross Gordon

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:208

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  18. Content type: Research article

    The two largest needle exchange programs (NEPs) in Hungary were forced to close down in the second half of 2014 due to extreme political attacks and related lack of government funding. The closures occurred ag...

    Authors: V. Anna Gyarmathy, Róbert Csák, Katalin Bálint, Eszter Bene, András Ernő Varga, Mónika Varga, Nóra Csiszér, István Vingender and József Rácz

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:157

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  19. Content type: Research article

    Health promotion, with a focus on multidimensional upstream factors and an ecological, life-course approach, is establishing itself as the guiding philosophy for addressing public health. Action at the politic...

    Authors: Daniel Weiss, Monica Lillefjell and Eva Magnus

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:140

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  20. Content type: Study protocol

    The proposed study was developed in response to increased suicide risk identified in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students who are compelled to attend boarding schools across Queensland when there is ...

    Authors: Janya McCalman, Roxanne Bainbridge, Sandra Russo, Katrina Rutherford, Komla Tsey, Mark Wenitong, Anthony Shakeshaft, Chris Doran and Susan Jacups

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:98

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  21. Content type: Study protocol

    Corporate decisions affecting the composition of processed foods are a potent factor shaping the nutritional quality of the food supply. The addition of large quantities of salt to foods is incompatible with A...

    Authors: Helen Trevena, Anne Marie Thow, Elizabeth Dunford, Jason H. Y. Wu and Bruce Neal

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:75

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  22. Content type: Research article

    The HPV vaccine was introduced to Malaysian national immunization programme in 2010. The current implementation age of HPV vaccination in Malaysian is at the age of 13 years school girls, given according to a ...

    Authors: Syed Aljunid, Namaitijiang Maimaiti, Amrizal M Nur, Mohd Rushdan Md Noor and Sharifa Ezat Wan Puteh

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:71

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  23. Content type: Research article

    Smoking is a global public health concern. Timor-Leste is facing a rapidly growing epidemic of tobacco use. The trend of smoking in Timor-Leste seems to be increasing and the magnitude of the problem affects p...

    Authors: Decio Ribeiro Sarmento and Degninou Yehadji

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:65

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  24. Content type: Research article

    There is a substantial body of evidence of income-related inequalities in dental care use, attributed to the fact that dental care is often not covered by public health insurance. Wealth-related inequalities h...

    Authors: Keiko Murakami and Hideki Hashimoto

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2016 16:24

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  25. Content type: Research article

    Recent research has illustrated the need for cross-sector partnerships to tackle multidimensional problems such as health inequalities and sport and physical activity promotion. Capacity building is based on p...

    Authors: Mathieu Marlier, Steffie Lucidarme, Greet Cardon, Ilse De Bourdeaudhuij, Kathy Babiak and Annick Willem

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2015 15:1306

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  26. Content type: Study protocol

    Smoking is Australia’s leading preventable cause of premature mortality and a major contributor to the national disease burden. If quit rates do not dramatically improve, then smoking will continue to be a maj...

    Authors: Doug Fraser, Ron Borland and Coral Gartner

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2015 15:1026

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  27. Content type: Research article

    Since mobility and social participation are key determinants of health and quality of life, it is important to identify factors associated with them. Although several investigations have been conducted on the ...

    Authors: Mélanie Levasseur, Mélissa Généreux, Jean-François Bruneau, Alain Vanasse, Éric Chabot, Claude Beaulac and Marie-Michèle Bédard

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2015 15:503

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  28. Content type: Research article

    In Australia, a Goods and Services Tax (GST) introduced in 2000 led to a decline in the price of ready-to-drink (RTD) beverages relative to other alcohol products. The 2008 RTD (“alcopops”) tax increased RTD p...

    Authors: Marianne Gale, David J Muscatello, Michael Dinh, Joshua Byrnes, Anthony Shakeshaft, Andrew Hayen, Chandini Raina MacIntyre, Paul Haber, Michelle Cretikos and Patricia Morton

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2015 15:468

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  29. Content type: Research article

    Few studies to date have explored the relationship between the built environment and physical activity specifically in rural settings. The Ontario Public Health Standards policies mandate that health units in ...

    Authors: Cara-Lee Coghill, Ruta K Valaitis and John D Eyles

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2015 15:464

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  30. Content type: Research article

    In Barbados sexually transmitted infections (STIs) including HIV are not notifiable diseases and there is not a formal partner notification (PN) programme. Objectives were to understand likely attitudes, barri...

    Authors: O Peter Adams, Anne O Carter and Lynda Redwood-Campbell

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2015 15:455

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  31. Content type: Research article

    Regular and relevant evaluations of surveillance systems are essential to improve their performance and cost-effectiveness. With this in mind several organizations have developed evaluation approaches to facil...

    Authors: Clementine Calba, Flavie L Goutard, Linda Hoinville, Pascal Hendrikx, Ann Lindberg, Claude Saegerman and Marisa Peyre

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2015 15:448

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  32. Content type: Research article

    Effective public health emergency preparedness and response systems are important in mitigating the impact of all-hazards emergencies on population health. The evidence base for public health emergency prepare...

    Authors: Yasmin Khan, Ghazal Fazli, Bonnie Henry, Eileen de Villa, Charoula Tsamis, Moira Grant and Brian Schwartz

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2015 15:432

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  33. Content type: Research article

    The need for better partnerships between Aboriginal organisations and mainstream agencies demands attention on process and relational elements of these partnerships, and improving partnership functioning throu...

    Authors: Christina Tsou, Emma Haynes, Wayne D Warner, Gordon Gray and Sandra C Thompson

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2015 15:416

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  34. Content type: Research article

    Vaccination Week in the Americas (VWA) is an annual initiative in countries and territories of the Americas every April to highlight the work of national expanded programs on immunization (EPI) and increase ac...

    Authors: Daniel Sánchez, Samir V Sodha, Hannah J Kurtis, Gladys Ghisays, Kathleen A Wannemuehler, M Carolina Danovaro-Holliday and Alba María Ropero-Álvarez

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2015 15:395

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  35. Content type: Research article

    Few children meet physical activity (PA) recommendations, and are therefore at increased risk for overweight/obesity and adverse health outcomes. To increase children’s opportunities for PA, several Canadian p...

    Authors: Dana Lee Olstad, Elizabeth J Campbell, Kim D Raine and Candace IJ Nykiforuk

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2015 15:385

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  36. Content type: Research article

    Interventions for curing most diseases and save lives of pregnant and delivering women exist, yet the power of health systems to deliver them to those in most need is not sufficient. The aims of this study wer...

    Authors: Sarah Fredsted Villadsen, Dereje Negussie, Abebe GebreMariam, Abebech Tilahun, Henrik Friis and Vibeke Rasch

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2015 15:360

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  37. Content type: Research article

    Tobacco tax increases are associated with increases in quitline calls and reductions in smoking prevalence. In 2013, ClearWay MinnesotaSM conducted a six-week media campaign promoting QUITPLAN® Services (QUITPLAN...

    Authors: Paula A Keller, Lija O Greenseid, Matthew Christenson, Raymond G Boyle and Barbara A Schillo

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2015 15:354

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  38. Content type: Research article

    Artemisinin-based combination therapy (ACT) following a confirmed parasitological diagnosis is recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Congolese National Malaria Control Program (NMCP). Howe...

    Authors: Hypolite Muhindo Mavoko, Gillon Ilombe, Raquel Inocêncio da Luz, Albert Kutekemeni, Jean-Pierre Van geertruyden and Pascal Lutumba

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2015 15:352

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  39. Content type: Research article

    The effectiveness of the universal school-based alcohol prevention program “Unge & Rus” [Youth & Alcohol] was tested by an independent research group. The program aims to prevent alcohol use and to change adol...

    Authors: Henriette Kyrrestad Strøm, Frode Adolfsen, Bjørn Helge Handegård, Henrik Natvig, Martin Eisemann, Monica Martinussen and Roman Koposov

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2015 15:337

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  40. Content type: Research article

    Nudging strategies have recently attracted attention from scholars and policy makers for their potential in influencing people’s behaviors on large scales. But is the fact that nudges do not forbid any choice-...

    Authors: Astrid F Junghans, Tracy TL Cheung and Denise DT De Ridder

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2015 15:336

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  41. Content type: Research article

    Health impact assessments (HIA) of policies and projects are conducted differently in different contexts although there has been less HIA research to date in non-western countries. Global HIA research has howe...

    Authors: Ali Fakhri, Patrick Harris and Mohammadreza Maleki

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2015 15:335

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  42. Content type: Research article

    The educational attainment of Koreans has greatly increased, which was expected to reduce the magnitude of the population attributable fraction (PAF) of mortality associated with low education levels. However,...

    Authors: Dohee Lim, Kyoung Ae Kong, Hye Ah Lee, Won Kyung Lee, Su Hyun Park, Sun Jung Baik, Hyesook Park and Kyunghee Jung-Choi

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2015 15:313

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  43. Content type: Debate

    Food tax-subsidy policies are proposed to hold promise for helping to produce healthier patterns of food purchasing and consumption at population level. Evidence for their effects derives largely from simulati...

    Authors: Ian Shemilt, Theresa M Marteau, Richard D Smith and David Ogilvie

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2015 15:297

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  44. Content type: Research article

    This study aimed to explore experiences of implementation of alcohol brief interventions (ABIs) in settings outside of primary healthcare in the Scottish national programme. The focus of the study was on strat...

    Authors: Niamh Fitzgerald, Lucy Platt, Susie Heywood and Jim McCambridge

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2015 15:289

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  45. Content type: Study protocol

    Low-income black residents of Baltimore City have disproportionately higher rates of obesity and chronic disease than other Maryland residents. Increasing the availability and affordability of healthy food are...

    Authors: Nadine Budd, Alison Cuccia, Jayne K Jeffries, Divya Prasad, Kevin D Frick, Lisa Powell, Fred A Katz and Joel Gittelsohn

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2015 15:283

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  46. Content type: Study protocol

    The public reporting of health outcomes has become one of the most popular topics and is accepted as a quality improvement method in the healthcare field. However, little research has been conducted on the tra...

    Authors: Xin Du, Dan Wang, Xuan Wang, Shiru Yang and Xinping Zhang

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2015 15:277

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  47. Content type: Research article

    Plain packaging requires tobacco products to be sold in packs with a standard shape, method of opening and colour, leaving the brand name in a standard font and location. We ran a randomised controlled trial t...

    Authors: Olivia M Maynard, Ute Leonards, Angela S Attwood, Linda Bauld, Lee Hogarth and Marcus R Munafò

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2015 15:240

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  48. Content type: Research article

    Integration of sexual and reproductive health (SRH) and HIV policies and services delivered by the same provider is prioritised worldwide, especially in sub-Saharan Africa where HIV prevalence is highest. Sout...

    Authors: Diane Cooper, Joanne E Mantell, Jennifer Moodley and Sumaya Mall

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2015 15:217

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