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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

    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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. Content type: Research article

    The Chinese government has increased the funding for public health in 2009 and experimentally applied a contract service policy (could be seen as a counterpart to family medicine) in 15 counties to promote pub...

    Authors: Huixuan Zhou, Shengfa Zhang, Weijun Zhang, Fugang Wang, You Zhong, Linni Gu, Zhiyong Qu and Donghua Tian

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2015 15:199

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  22. Content type: Research article

    Health in All Policies (HiAP) is a form of intersectoral action that aims to include the promotion of health in government initiatives across sectors. To date, there has been little study of economic considera...

    Authors: Andrew D Pinto, Agnes Molnar, Ketan Shankardass, Patricia J O’Campo and Ahmed M Bayoumi

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2015 15:171

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  23. Content type: Debate

    The revised World Health Organization’s International Health Regulations (2005) request a timely and all-hazard approach towards surveillance, especially at the subnational level. We discuss three questions of...

    Authors: Alexandra Ziemann, Nicole Rosenkötter, Luis Garcia-Castrillo Riesgo, Matthias Fischer, Alexander Krämer, Freddy K Lippert, Gernot Vergeiner, Helmut Brand and Thomas Krafft

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2015 15:107

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  24. Content type: Research article

    Practitioners often require training and technical assistance to build their capacity to select, adapt, and implement evidence-based interventions (EBIs). The CDC Colorectal Cancer Control Program (CRCCP) aims...

    Authors: Cam Escoffery, Peggy Hannon, Annette E Maxwell, Thuy Vu, Jennifer Leeman, Andrea Dwyer, Caitlin Mason, Shaina Sowles, Ketra Rice and Lindsay Gressard

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2015 15:49

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  25. Content type: Research article

    Women and children in sub-Saharan Africa bear a disproportionate burden of HIV/AIDS. Integration of HIV with maternal and child services aims to reduce the impact of HIV/AIDS. To assess the potential gains and...

    Authors: Selena J An, Asha S George, Amnesty LeFevre, Rose Mpembeni, Idda Mosha, Diwakar Mohan, Ann Yang, Joy Chebet, Chrisostom Lipingu, Japhet Killewo, Peter Winch, Abdullah H Baqui and Charles Kilewo

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2015 15:24

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  26. Content type: Research article

    This umbrella review aimed at eliciting good practice characteristics of interventions and policies aiming at healthy diet, increasing physical activity, and lowering sedentary behaviors. Applying the World He...

    Authors: Karolina Horodyska, Aleksandra Luszczynska, Matthijs van den Berg, Marieke Hendriksen, Gun Roos, Ilse De Bourdeaudhuij and Johannes Brug

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2015 15:19

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  27. Content type: Research article

    The “Health Promoting School” (HPS) is a holistic and comprehensive approach to integrating health promotion within the community. At the time of conducting this study, there was no organized accreditation sys...

    Authors: Jarnail Singh Thakur, Deepak Sharma, Nidhi Jaswal, Bhavneet Bharti, Ashoo Grover and Paramjyoti Thind

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2014 14:1314

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  28. Content type: Research article

    Deliberative dialogues have recently captured attention in the public health policy arena because they have the potential to address several key factors that influence the use of research evidence in policymak...

    Authors: John N Lavis, Jennifer A Boyko and Francois-Pierre Gauvin

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2014 14:1287

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  29. Content type: Research article

    To improve the translation of public health evidence into practice, there is a need to increase practitioner involvement in initiative development, to place greater emphasis on contextual knowledge, and to add...

    Authors: Kate Beckett, Trudy Goodenough, Toity Deave, Sally Jaeckle, Lisa McDaid, Penny Benford, Mike Hayes, Elizabeth Towner and Denise Kendrick

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2014 14:1256

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  30. Content type: Research article

    Chronic disease among school-aged children is a public health concern, particularly for asthma and food allergy. In Chicago Public Schools (CPS), rates of asthma and food allergy among students are underreport...

    Authors: Victoria Rivkina, David E Tapke, Lilliana D Cardenas, Blair Harvey-Gintoft, Stephanie A Whyte and Ruchi S Gupta

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2014 14:1250

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  31. Content type: Research article

    Food banks have emerged in response to growing food insecurity among low-income groups in many affluent nations, but their ability to manage this problem is questionable. In Canada, in the absence of public pr...

    Authors: Valerie Tarasuk, Naomi Dachner, Anne-Marie Hamelin, Aleck Ostry, Patricia Williams, Elietha Bosckei, Blake Poland and Kim Raine

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2014 14:1234

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  32. Content type: Research article

    Spain has passed two smoke-free laws in the last years. In 2005, the law banned smoking in indoor places, and in 2010 the ban was extended to outdoor areas of certain premises such as hospitals. This study ass...

    Authors: Cristina Martínez, Marcela Fu, Jose María Martínez-Sánchez, Laura Antón, Paz Fernández, Montse Ballbè, Ana Andrés, Anna Riccobene, Xisca Sureda, Albert Gallart and Esteve Fernández

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2014 14:1228

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  33. Content type: Research article

    In Chile, significant reductions in cervical cancer incidence and mortality have been observed due to implementation of a well-organized screening program. However, it has been suggested that the inclusion of ...

    Authors: Jorge Alberto Gomez, Alejandro Lepetic and Nadia Demarteau

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2014 14:1222

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  34. Content type: Research article

    Microgrants are a mechanism for providing funding to community organizations or groups to support health initiatives. Little research to date has examined the use of microgrants in promoting physical activity ...

    Authors: Katherine A Tamminen, Guy Faulkner, Chad S G Witcher and John C Spence

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2014 14:1206

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  35. Content type: Debate

    To support public health policy, information on the burden of disease is essential. In recent years, the Disability-Adjusted Life Year (DALY) has emerged as the most important summary measure of public health....

    Authors: Brecht Devleesschauwer, Charline Maertens de Noordhout, G Suzanne A Smit, Luc Duchateau, Pierre Dorny, Claudia Stein, Herman Van Oyen and Niko Speybroeck

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2014 14:1196

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  36. Content type: Research article

    Countries across Europe have introduced a wide variety of policies to improve nutrition. However, the sheer diversity of interventions represents a potentially bewildering smorgasbord.

    Authors: Ffion Lloyd-Williams, Helen Bromley, Lois Orton, Corinna Hawkes, David Taylor-Robinson, Martin O’Flaherty, Rory McGill, Elspeth Anwar, Lirije Hyseni, May Moonan, Mike Rayner and Simon Capewell

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2014 14:1195

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  37. Content type: Research article

    In the 12th Five-Year Plan, the Chinese government set the goal of increasing life expectancy by one year. The purpose of this study is to examine the impact of major causes of death on the life expectancy of ...

    Authors: Pengcheng Liu, Chengyue Li, Ying Wang, Wei Zeng, Hua Wang, Honghui Wu, Jun Lu, Mei Sun, Xiaohong Li, Fengshui Chang and Mo Hao

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2014 14:1193

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  38. Content type: Research article

    Low malaria transmission in Namibia suggests that elimination is possible, but the risk of imported malaria from Angola remains a challenge. This case study reviews the early transition of a program shift from...

    Authors: Cara Smith Gueye, Michelle Gerigk, Gretchen Newby, Chris Lourenco, Petrina Uusiku and Jenny Liu

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2014 14:1190

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  39. Content type: Research article

    The objectives of this study were to describe and compare chlamydia testing provided by general practitioners (GPs) in four selected European countries with well-developed primary health care systems and high ...

    Authors: Anneli Uusküla, Ellie J Ricketts, Claire Rugman, Ruth R Kalda, Hans Fredlund, Johan Hedlund, Brigitte Dunais, Pia P Touboul and Cliodna McNulty

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2014 14:1147

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  40. Content type: Research article

    A certain level of public support for smoke-free environments is a prerequisite for adoption and enforcement of policies and can be used as an indicator of readiness for legislative action. This study assessed...

    Authors: Michelle C Kegler, Xinwei Hua, Madeleine Solomon, Yiqun Wu, Pin Pin Zheng and Michael Eriksen

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2014 14:1130

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  41. Content type: Research article

    There is concern of avian influenza virus (AIV) infections in humans. Subsistence hunters may be a potential risk group for AIV infections as they frequently come into close contact with wild birds and the aqu...

    Authors: Nadia A Charania, Ian D Martin, Eric N Liberda, Richard Meldrum and Leonard JS Tsuji

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2014 14:1113

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  42. Content type: Research article

    Early child development influences many aspects of wellbeing, health, competence in literacy and numeracy, criminality, and social and economic participation throughout the life course. Children from disadvant...

    Authors: Joana Morrison, Hynek Pikhart, Milagros Ruiz and Peter Goldblatt

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2014 14:1040

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  43. Content type: Research article

    The demand for quality data and the interest in health information systems has increased due to the need for country-level progress reporting towards attainment of the United Nations Millennium Development Goa...

    Authors: Mulamuli Mpofu, Bazghina-werq Semo, Jessica Grignon, Refeletswe Lebelonyane, Steven Ludick, Ellah Matshediso, Baraedi Sento and Jenny H Ledikwe

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2014 14:1032

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  44. Content type: Research article

    The national tuberculosis strain typing service (TB-STS) was introduced in England in 2010. The TB-STS involves MIRU-VNTR typing of isolates from all TB patients for the prospective identification, reporting a...

    Authors: Jessica Mears, Ibrahim Abubakar, Debbie Crisp, Helen Maguire, John A Innes, Mike Lilley, Joanne Lord, Ted Cohen, Martien W Borgdorff, Emilia Vynnycky, Timothy D McHugh and Pam Sonnenberg

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2014 14:1023

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