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Social determinants of health

This section aims to publish the latest research related to the social determinants of health, including, but not limited to, the influences and interactions of personal characteristics (sex, age, ethnicity, disability and hereditary factors), social and community networks (family and wider social circles), living and working conditions (work, housing, education), and general socioeconomic, cultural and environmental conditions (taxation, availability of work) on public health and wellbeing.

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  1. Intermittent preventive treatment using Sulphadoxine pyrimethamine (IPTp-SP) for malaria prevention is recommended for all pregnant women in malaria endemic areas. However, there is limited evidence on the lev...

    Authors: Fatima Mahmud Muhammad, Reza Majdzadeh, Saharnaz Nedjat, Haniye Sadat Sajadi and Mahboubeh Parsaeian

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1860

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  2. Indigenous populations globally are continually striving for better health and wellbeing due to experiencing significant health and social inequities. The social determinants of health are important contributo...

    Authors: O. Pearson, K. Schwartzkopff, A. Dawson, C. Hagger, A. Karagi, C. Davy, A. Brown and A. Braunack-Mayer

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1859

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  3. Global migration toward Europe is increasing. Providing health assistance to migrants is challenging because numerous barriers limit their accessibility to health services. Migrants may be at a greater risk of...

    Authors: Laura Cacciani, Cristina Canova, Giulia Barbieri, Teresa Dalla Zuanna, Claudia Marino, Barbara Pacelli, Nicola Caranci, Elena Strippoli, Nicolás Zengarini, Anteo Di Napoli, Nera Agabiti and Marina Davoli

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1858

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  4. Intimate partner violence (IPV) against women is a global human rights violation and a public health problem. The phenomenon is linked to adverse health effects for women and children. Mothers of young childre...

    Authors: Emmanuel Chilanga, Delphine Collin-Vezina, Mohammad Nuruzzaman Khan and Liam Riley

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1848

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  5. Acceptability is a critical requisite in establishing feasibility when planning a larger effectiveness trial. This study assessed the acceptability of conducting a feasibility randomized clinical trial of a 20...

    Authors: Larissa Jennings Mayo-Wilson, Jessica Coleman, Fatmata Timbo, Carl Latkin, Elizabeth R. Torres Brown, Anthony I. Butler, Donaldson F. Conserve and Nancy E. Glass

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1846

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  6. Many studies have examined the impact of social insurance on health, but the results have generally been mixed, presumably because they have not fully addressed potential biases related to the study’s cross-se...

    Authors: Xinxin Ma and Takashi Oshio

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1842

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  7. Male partners are rarely present during PMTCT (Prevention-Mother-To-Child-Transmission) services in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). Male involvement is increasingly recognised as an important element of women’s acce...

    Authors: Isotta Triulzi, Olivia Keiser, Claire Somerville, Sangwani Salimu, Fausto Ciccacci, Ilaria Palla, Jean Baptiste Sagno, Jane Gondwe, Cristina Marazzi, Stefano Orlando, Leonardo Palombi and Giuseppe Turchetti

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1821

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  8. To estimate the relationship between inflammatory biomarkers and cancer mortality in a nationally representative sample of the U.S. population while controlling for education, occupation, and income.

    Authors: Joshua E. Chan, Amandeep K. Mann, Daniel S. Kapp and David H. Rehkopf

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1805

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  9. Family caregivers (FCGs) play a key role in the plan of care provision for long-term cancer survivors, yet few studies have been conducted on the impact of long-term caregiving on FCGs and their employment pat...

    Authors: Siqi Liu, Mingzhu Su, Nengliang Yao, Nan Zhang, Jialin Wang, Roger T. Anderson and Xiaojie Sun

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1787

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  10. Social inequalities in labor force participation are well established, but the causes of these inequalities are not fully understood. The present study aims to investigate the association between educational q...

    Authors: Emelie Thern, Jonas Landberg and Tomas Hemmingsson

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1784

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  11. Although HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) substantially diminishes the likelihood of HIV acquisition, poor adherence can decrease the HIV-protective benefits of PrEP. The present investigation sought to ide...

    Authors: Paul A. Shuper, Narges Joharchi, Isaac I. Bogoch, Mona Loutfy, Frederic Crouzat, Philippe El-Helou, David C. Knox, Kevin Woodward and Jürgen Rehm

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1782

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  12. Pieces of evidence showed that the Gambella region of Ethiopia has remained HIV hotspot area for successive years. However, the magnitude of male circumcision uptake and its associated factors are not well stu...

    Authors: Zerihun Kura Edossa, Abonesh Taye Kumsa and Mamo Nigatu Gebre

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1772

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  13. Quitting smoking is the most effective way of reducing the risk of cancer among smokers. One way of helping people stop smoking is to provide them with free Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT), such as when NRT...

    Authors: John A. Cunningham, Michael Chaiton, Scott T. Leatherdale, Alexandra Godinho and Christina Schell

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1757

    Content type: Study protocol

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  14. Modifying a household’s food environment by targeting a single retailer type, like supermarkets, has a limited impact on dietary outcomes. This may be because the food environment has a limited impact on shopp...

    Authors: Jackie Yenerall, Wen You and Jennie Hill

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1747

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  15. Homelessness is one of the most severe forms of social exclusion and is an important public health issue. It is characterized by processes of weakening of interpersonal bonds. The objective of this study was, ...

    Authors: Marília Ignácio de Espíndola, André Bedendo, Eroy Aparecida da Silva and Ana Regina Noto

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1746

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  16. Few studies have comprehensively and contextually examined the relationship of variables associated with opioid use. Our purpose was to fill a critical gap in comprehensive risk models of opioid misuse and use...

    Authors: Francisco A. Montiel Ishino, Philip R. McNab, Tamika Gilreath, Bonita Salmeron and Faustine Williams

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1740

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  17. Racism has been linked with poor health in studies in the United States. Little is known about prospective associations between racial discrimination and health outcomes in the United Kingdom (UK).

    Authors: Ruth A. Hackett, Amy Ronaldson, Kamaldeep Bhui, Andrew Steptoe and Sarah E. Jackson

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1652

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  18. Understandings of health and wellbeing are culturally bound. Many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people perceive wellbeing and quality of life (QOL) differently from the Western biomedical models of hea...

    Authors: Kirsten Howard, Kate Anderson, Joan Cunningham, Alan Cass, Julie Ratcliffe, Lisa J. Whop, Michelle Dickson, Rosalie Viney, Brendan Mulhern, Allison Tong and Gail Garvey

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1739

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  19. In this study, the association between the social determinants of health (SDH) as well as other health risk factors and outcomes will be evaluated at different socioeconomic layers.

    Authors: Saharnaz Nedjat, Ramin Mehrdad, Masud Yunesian, Hamidreza Pouragha, Vali Biagi and Mohammad Reza Monazzam-Esmaeelpour

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1703

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  20. There has been a recent focus on resettlement of migrants and refugee in rural settings in Australia and elsewhere. Rural resettlement is seen as an opportunity to revitalise rural communities, to fill the nee...

    Authors: Anna Ziersch, Emily Miller, Melanie Baak and Lillian Mwanri

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1700

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  21. Arab-Americans constitute ~ 5% of Michigan’s population. Estimates of obesity in Arab-Americans are not up-to-date. We aim to describe the distribution of and factors associated with obesity in an Arab-America...

    Authors: Saivaishnavi Kamatham, Joseph Trak, Suma Alzouhayli, Ziad Fehmi, Nabil Rahoui, Noor Sulieman, Zaina Khoury, Omar Fehmi, Hanan Rakine, Dana El-Masri, Deema Ujayli, Hanin Elhagehassan, James Naaman, Firas Almsaddi, Michael Salloum, Iqra Farooquee…

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1685

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  22. Neighborhood poverty may increase childhood obesity risk. However, evidence for the neighborhood poverty-obesity relationship is limited. The purpose of this study was to examine how moving to a higher or lowe...

    Authors: Krista Schroeder, Sophia Day, Kevin Konty, Levent Dumenci and Terri Lipman

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1676

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  23. Shenzhen is characterized with the largest scale of migrant children among all the cities in China. Unequal access to health services among migrant and local children greatly affects health equity and has a pr...

    Authors: Xiatong Ke, Liang Zhang, Zhong Li and Wenxi Tang

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1668

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  24. Menarche is an expected event that occurs during the development of every normal young girl. We designed this study to evaluate the knowledge of young school girls on puberty, menarche, and menstruation, and t...

    Authors: Atem Bethel Ajong, Nkengazem Nerry Tankala, Martin Ndinakie Yakum, Ikei Solange Azenoi and Bruno Kenfack

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1661

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  25. The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is an emerging infectious disease that spreads around the world. The lack of effective antiviral drugs and vaccines, along with the relatively high mortality rate and hi...

    Authors: Miao Liu, Hongzhong Zhang and Hui Huang

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1649

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  26. Social support, defined as the exchange of support in social relationships, plays a vital role in maintaining healthy behavior and mitigating the effects of stressors. This study investigated whether functiona...

    Authors: Tsutomu Uzuki, Tsuneo Konta, Ritsuko Saito, Ri Sho, Tsukasa Osaki, Masayoshi Souri, Masafumi Watanabe, Kenichi Ishizawa, Hidetoshi Yamashita, Yoshiyuki Ueno and Takamasa Kayama

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1630

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  27. Multiple culturally-oriented programs, services, and frameworks have emerged in recent decades to support the social and emotional wellbeing (SEWB) of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (Aboriginal) people ...

    Authors: Himanshu Gupta, Noemi Tari-Keresztes, Donna Stephens, James A. Smith, Emrhan Sultan and Sian Lloyd

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1625

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  28. Child survival is a major concern in Nigeria, as it contributes 13% of the global under-five mortalities. Although studies have examined the determinants of under-five mortality in Nigeria, the comparative rol...

    Authors: Daniel Adedayo Adeyinka, Nazeem Muhajarine, Pammla Petrucka and Elon Warnow Isaac

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1613

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  29. Benefits of cash transfers (CTs) for HIV prevention have been demonstrated largely in purposively designed trials, commonly focusing on young women. It is less clear if CT interventions not designed for HIV pr...

    Authors: Robin Schaefer, Ranjeeta Thomas, Laura Robertson, Jeffrey W. Eaton, Phyllis Mushati, Constance Nyamukapa, Katharina Hauck and Simon Gregson

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1599

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  30. One of the most important concerns in every healthcare system is the elimination of disparities in health service utilization and achievement of health equity. This study aimed to investigate the disparities i...

    Authors: Rozhin Amin, Ali-Asghar Kolahi, Nader Jahanmehr, Ali-Reza Abadi and Mohammad-Reza Sohrabi

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1594

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  31. Increasing numbers of older people in sub-Saharan Africa are gaining access to pension benefits and it is often claimed that these benefits promote healthy forms of consumption, which contribute to significant...

    Authors: Peter Lloyd-Sherlock, Sutapa Agrawal and Francesc Xavier Gómez-Olivé

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1577

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  32. Undernutrition among under five children in India is a major public health problem. Despite India’s growth in the economy, the child mortality rate due to undernutrition is still high in both urban and rural a...

    Authors: Sujata Murarkar, Jayashree Gothankar, Prakash Doke, Prasad Pore, Sanjay Lalwani, Girish Dhumale, Sanjay Quraishi, Reshma Patil, Vivek Waghachavare, Randhir Dhobale, Kirti Rasote, Sonali Palkar and Nandini Malshe

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1559

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  33. Unacceptably high rate of childhood stunting for decades remained a puzzle in the eastern Indian state of Bihar. Despite various programmatic interventions, nearly half of the under-five children (numerically ...

    Authors: Saswata Ghosh, Santosh Kumar Sharma and Debarshi Bhattacharya

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1549

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  34. Accidental drowning of children under five is a serious problem in China. The present study analyzed data on environmental and sociodemographic factors and on primary caregivers of drowned children to understa...

    Authors: Meixian Wang, Yuxi Liu, Leni Kang, Chunhua He, Lei Miao, Jianwen Huang, Xiaoyan He, Jun Zhu, Juan Liang, Qi Li, Yanping Wang and Hanmin Liu

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1553

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  35. The Emergency Department (ED) can be considered an indicator of accessibility and quality and can be influenced in period of economic downturns. In the last fifteen years, the number of migrants in Italy has d...

    Authors: Eleonora Trappolini, Claudia Marino, Nera Agabiti, Cristina Giudici, Marina Davoli and Laura Cacciani

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1548

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  36. In the last thirty years, major shifts in immigrant policy at national and state levels has heightened boundaries among citizens, permanent residents, and those with other statuses. While there is mounting evi...

    Authors: Maria-Elena De Trinidad Young, Hiram Beltrán-Sánchez and Steven P. Wallace

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1460

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  37. Maintaining a bond with one’s family as well coping with stress while acculturating to the US may protect Hispanic/Latino youth from increased sugar-sweetened beverages (SSB) consumption, which heightens the r...

    Authors: Roger Figueroa, Carmen R. Isasi, Krista M. Perreira, Amanda C. McClain, Linda C. Gallo, Daniela Sotres-Alvarez, Alan M. Delamater, Martha Daviglus, Linda Van Horn and Josiemer Mattei

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1546

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  38. Research on inequalities in cervical cancer screening (CCS) participation has overlooked the distinction between ‘never-’ and ‘under-screeners’ while different socioeconomic and demographic determinants may un...

    Authors: Vladimir Jolidon, Vincent De Prez, Barbara Willems, Piet Bracke, Stéphane Cullati and Claudine Burton-Jeangros

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1517

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  39. The prevalence of smoking has been decreasing in Norway for decades. In contrast, the prevalence of snus use has recently increased substantially, especially among females. While there is a clear social gradie...

    Authors: Tore Tjora, Jens Christoffer Skogen and Børge Sivertsen

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1511

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  40. Child allowance payment is one form of social security policy that aims to mitigate the child poverty gap by providing financial support to families. This study aimed to explore the impact of the child allowan...

    Authors: Yuna Koyama, Takeo Fujiwara, Aya Isumi and Satomi Doi

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1503

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  41. The prevalence of food insecurity among adults over 65 in Canada is less than half of that among adults approaching 65, possibly due in part to the public pension universally disbursed from the age of 65. Give...

    Authors: Fei Men and Valerie Tarasuk

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1484

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  42. Urban-rural disparity in mortality at older ages is well documented in China. However, surprisingly few studies have systemically investigated factors that contribute to such disparity. This study examined the...

    Authors: Yuan Zhao, Xin Xu, Matthew E. Dupre, Qianqian Xie, Li Qiu and Danan Gu

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1472

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  43. Since 2013, the number of violent crimes and offences by sharp instruments have increased continually, following a previous decrease, with majority of cases occurring among young people and in London. There is...

    Authors: Sara Haylock, Talia Boshari, Emma C. Alexander, Ameeta Kumar, Logan Manikam and Richard Pinder

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1451

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