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Social determinants of health

Section edited by David Rehkopf.

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. Neighbourhood has risen as a relevant determinant of health. While there is substantial evidence that environmental factors affect health, far less evidence of the role of social mechanisms in the causal chain...

    Authors: Sara Kress, Oliver Razum, Kim Alexandra Zolitschka, Jürgen Breckenkamp and Odile Sauzet

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1043

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  2. The United Kingdom population is ageing and becoming increasingly diverse; thus, it is vital to develop and implement interventions supporting this population shift. Social networks (SN) significantly impact h...

    Authors: Evans A. Asamane, Carolyn A. Greig and Janice L. Thompson

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1011

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  3. Physical activity in adolescence is found to promote both immediate and long-term health, as well as school- and work performance. Previous studies suggest that parental socioeconomic status (SES) may influenc...

    Authors: Ove Heradstveit, Siren Haugland, Mari Hysing, Kjell Morten Stormark, Børge Sivertsen and Tormod Bøe

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1010

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  4. Certain districts and counties in China designated local general hospital as the designated hospital for tuberculosis (TB) management after the promulgation of the Law of Practicing Physicians in 2009. To our ...

    Authors: Tianchi Yang, Tong Chen, Yang Che, Qin Chen and Dingyi Bo

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1009

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  5. This study aimed to establish whether changes in the socioeconomic context were associated with changes in population-level antenatal mental health indicators in Vietnam.

    Authors: Ruby Stocker, Trang Nguyen, Thach Tran, Ha Tran, Tuan Tran, Sarah Hanieh, Beverley-Ann Biggs and Jane Fisher

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1001

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  6. Research and policy have identified social cohesion as a potentially modifiable determinant of health and wellbeing that could contribute to more sustainable development. However, the function of social cohesi...

    Authors: Andrew James Williams, Kath Maguire, Karyn Morrissey, Tim Taylor and Katrina Wyatt

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:985

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  7. Social capital is broadly acknowledged as a vital ‘health asset’ that promotes young people’s health and wellbeing and has the potential to prevent social- and health-related risk behaviours in the life-course...

    Authors: Evelyn Aboagye Addae

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:983

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  8. The goal of this study was to understand prospective cohort study Principal Investigators’ (PIs’) attitudes regarding the importance of religion and spirituality (R/S) on disease etiology in order to identify ...

    Authors: Alexandra E. Shields and Tracy A. Balboni

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:973

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  9. The utilisation of health services is determined by complex interactions. In this context, rural populations face greater barriers in accessing dental services than do urban populations, and they generally hav...

    Authors: Fernando José Herkrath, Mario Vianna Vettore and Guilherme Loureiro Werneck

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:953

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  10. Reducing maternal mortality ratio (MMR) is a high priority public health issue in developing countries such as Indonesia. The current MMR in Indonesia is 126/100,000 live births. Optimum use of available healt...

    Authors: Rajunitrigo Sukirman, Tri Yunis Miko Wahyono and Siddharudha Shivalli

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:933

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  11. Leisure-time physical activity (LTPA) is an important contributor to total physical activity and the focus of many interventions promoting activity in high-income populations. Little is known about LTPA in sub...

    Authors: Anna Louise Barr, Uttara Partap, Elizabeth H. Young, Kokou Agoudavi, Naby Balde, Gibson B. Kagaruki, Mary T. Mayige, Benjamin Longo-Mbenza, Gerald Mutungi, Omar Mwalim, Chea S. Wesseh, Silver K. Bahendeka, David Guwatudde, Jutta M. Adelin Jørgensen, Pascal Bovet, Ayesha A. Motala…

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:927

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  12. Despite the goal of horizontal equity in Iran, little is known about it. This study aimed i) to assess socioeconomic inequality and horizontal inequity in the healthcare utilization; and ii) to explore the con...

    Authors: Farideh Mostafavi, Bakhtiar Piroozi, Paola Mosquera, Reza Majdzadeh and Ghobad Moradi

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:914

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  13. Transportation barriers prevent millions of people from accessing health care each year. Health policy innovations such as shared savings payment models (commonly used in accountable care organizations) presen...

    Authors: Mary K. Wolfe and Noreen C. McDonald

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:906

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  14. As the mortality attributable to dementia-related diseases in the United States escalates, providing quality and equitable end-of-life care for dementia patients across care settings has become a major public ...

    Authors: Wei Xu, Changshan Wu and Jason Fletcher

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:765

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  15. In Ethiopia, stigmatising attitudes towards people living with HIV have reduced over time. This is mainly due to improved HIV knowledge and the expansion of access to HIV care and support services. However, HI...

    Authors: Fisaha Tesfay, Sara Javanparast, Lillian Mwanri and Anna Ziersch

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:904

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  16. Hypertension may be influenced by multiple factors, including social and individual determinants. Regional and individual economic disparity in China is closely associated with such factors that may give rise ...

    Authors: Kun Tang, Yu Zhang, Hanyu Wang, Shi Hui Tan, Lin Bai and Yuning Liu

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:901

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  17. As a part of the Yunnan Minority Eye Studies, the purpose of this study was to determine the prevalence, barriers and visual acuity outcomes of cataract surgery in a multiethnic adult population in rural areas...

    Authors: Wei Shen, Qing Cun, Hua Zhong, Chen-Wei Pan, Jun Li and Qin Chen

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:893

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  18. The risk of infection from respiratory pathogens increases according to the contact rate between the infectious case and susceptible contact, but the definition of adequate contact for transmission is not stan...

    Authors: María Eugenia Castellanos, Sarah Zalwango, Robert Kakaire, Mark H. Ebell, Kevin K. Dobbin, Juliet Sekandi, Noah Kiwanuka and Christopher C. Whalen

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:892

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  19. The effect of women’s autonomy in decision-making for fertility control has been highlighted by research. The objective of this study was to analyze the effect of women’s autonomy over decision-making regardin...

    Authors: N. M. Sougou, O. Bassoum, A. Faye and M. M. M. Leye

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:872

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  20. To throw light on the under-researched association between socioeconomic position (SEP) and health in Cuba, this study examined SEP gradients in health and their underlying mechanisms among urban Cuban adults ...

    Authors: Peng Nie, Lanlin Ding, Alfonso Sousa-Poza, Alina Alfonso Leon, Hong Xue, Peng Jia, Liang Wang, Maria Elena Díaz Sánchez and Youfa Wang

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:866

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  21. Population health is influenced by interactions between environmental determinants, which are captured by dimensions and indicators. This study aims to systematically review key environmental determinants and ...

    Authors: Marta Salgado, Joana Madureira, Ana Sofia Mendes, Anália Torres, João Paulo Teixeira and Mónica Duarte Oliveira

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:853

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  22. Social connectedness is an important predictor of health outcomes and plays a large role in the physical and mental health of an individual and a community. The presence of a functioning health clinic with a c...

    Authors: Rachel L. Deitz, Leah H. Hellerstein, Sara M. St. George, Daniel Palazuelos and Trisha E. Schimek

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:852

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  23. Germany has a statutory health insurance (SHI) that covers nearly the entire population and most of the health services provided. Newly arrived refugees whose asylum claim is still being processed are initiall...

    Authors: Judith Wenner, Kayvan Bozorgmehr, Stella Duwendag, Kristin Rolke and Oliver Razum

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:846

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  24. In the Netherlands, several initiatives started after the publication of the PERISTAT findings that showed the perinatal mortality risk was higher than in other European countries. The objective of this study ...

    Authors: Anita C. J. Ravelli, Martine Eskes, Joris A. M. van der Post, Ameen Abu-Hanna and Christianne J. M. de Groot

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:783

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  25. Transgender women (“trans women”), particularly African-American and Latina trans women, have disproportionately high prevalence of HIV in the United States (U.S.). In order to decrease gender dysphoria and ov...

    Authors: Larissa Jennings Mayo-Wilson, Eric G. Benotsch, Sheila R. Grigsby, Sarah Wagner, Fatmata Timbo, Tonia Poteat, Lauretta Cathers, Ashlee N. Sawyer, Shelby A. Smout and Rick S. Zimmerman

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:782

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  26. Maternal anemia is a worldwide public health problem especially in developing countries including Ethiopia. The anemia burden among lactating mothers was higher in Africa particularly in Ethiopia, and scant at...

    Authors: Alemneh Mekuriaw Liyew and Achamyeleh Birhanu Teshale

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:775

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  27. Obesity is becoming an important public health challenge, especially among immigrants coming from low and middle income to high-income countries. In this study we examined the relationship between overweight/o...

    Authors: Samera Azeem Qureshi, Melanie Straiton and Abdi A. Gele

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:772

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  28. The adverse life-long consequences of being looked-after as a child are well recognised, but follow-up periods for mortality risk have mostly ended in young adulthood and mortality suggested to differ by age o...

    Authors: Emily T. Murray, Rebecca Lacey, Barbara Maughan and Amanda Sacker

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:735

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  29. Physical inactivity is a widespread problem with a great need for innovative intervention concepts to overcome it. Epidemiological studies have identified working women in high-income Western countries to be a...

    Authors: Martina Kanning, Bridgette Do, Tyler B. Mason, Britni R. Belcher, Chih-Hsiang Yang and Genevieve F. Dunton

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:715

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  30. To analyse the impact of austerity measures taken by European governments as a response to the 2008 economic and financial crisis on social determinants on child health (SDCH), and child health outcomes (CHO).

    Authors: Luis Rajmil, Anders Hjern, Nick Spencer, David Taylor-Robinson, Geir Gunnlaugsson and Hein Raat

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:564

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  31. Approximately 1 in 5 to 1 in 6 Indigenous Australian males are currently imprisoned or have previously been imprisoned. Recent work has also pointed to a widening socio-economic gap within the Indigenous popul...

    Authors: Stephane M. Shepherd, Ben Spivak, Linda J. Ashford, Isabel Williams, Justin Trounson and Yin Paradies

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:710

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  32. The study aimed to explore the association between early life and life-course exposure to social disadvantage and later life body mass index (BMI) accounting for genetic predisposition and maternal BMI.

    Authors: Estelle Lowry, Nina Rautio, Niko Wasenius, Tom A. Bond, Jari Lahti, Ioanna Tzoulaki, Abbas Dehghan, Anni Heiskala, Leena Ala-Mursula, Jouko Miettunen, Johan Eriksson, Marjo-Riitta Järvelin and Sylvain Sebert

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:708

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  33. Malawi has a high fertility rate which is also characterized by a relatively high prevalence of unmet need for contraception. However, little is known about the influence of individual- and community- level ch...

    Authors: Owen Nkoka, Watanja M. Mphande, Peter A. M. Ntenda, Edith B. Milanzi, Victor Kanje and Shiaau J. G. Guo

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:705

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  34. Toxic stress (TS), minority race and their interaction are evaluated as determinants of change in quality of life (QOL) over 8 years follow-up in a nationally representative sample of United States (US) adults...

    Authors: Allan K. Nkwata, Xiao Song, Ming Zhang and Amara. E. Ezeamama

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:684

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  35. Taxi drivers are prone to developing cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk factors by adopting poor health behaviors due to their work environment. The population of Hispanic taxi drivers in inner city South Bronx...

    Authors: Balavenkatesh Kanna, Aijan Ukudeyeva, Mohammad Faiz, Euripides Roques, Tina Washington, Leandro Ramirez, Masood A. Shariff and Maria Espejo

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:683

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  36. The World Health Organization recommends recording vaccination status according to maternal recall in countries where administrative reporting systems are insufficiently reliable, as maternal recall in develop...

    Authors: Valérie Seror, Sébastien Cortaredona, Elhadji Yaya Ly, Samba Ndiaye, Ibrahima Gaye, Mouhamadou Fall and Patrick Peretti-Watel

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:658

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  37. Socio-economic status (SES) has been linked to treatment outcomes for mental health problems, whilst little to no literature has explored the effects of SES on access to both medication and psychological thera...

    Authors: Clarissa Giebel, Rhiannon Corcoran, Mark Goodall, Niall Campbell, Mark Gabbay, Konstantinos Daras, Ben Barr, Tim Wilson and Cecil Kullu

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:651

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  38. Peer support refers to a process whereby individuals with lived experience of a particular phenomenon provide support to others by explicitly drawing on their personal experience. It has been adopted in a vari...

    Authors: Joanna Astrid Miler, Hannah Carver, Rebecca Foster and Tessa Parkes

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:641

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  39. Social determinants of health (SDOH) contribute to unequal life expectancy (LE). Only a handful of papers have analyzed these relationships at the neighborhood level as opposed to the county level. This study ...

    Authors: Bertram L. Melix, Christopher K. Uejio, Kristina W. Kintziger, Keshia Reid, Chris Duclos, Melissa M. Jordan, Tisha Holmes and Jessica Joiner

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:632

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  40. This study aimed to understand the association between socioeconomic status (SES) and Health Related Quality of Life (HRQoL) and the contribution of SES to health inequality among Tibetans of agricultural and ...

    Authors: JieAnNaMu, Xinpeng Xu, Hua You, Hai Gu, Jinghong Gu, Xiaolu Li, Nan Cui and Yun Kou

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:630

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  41. With the accelerated ageing of the population in China, the health problems of elderly people have attracted much attention. Although religious belief has been shown to be a key way to improve the health of el...

    Authors: Yucheng Chen, Yuxiao Zhao and Zengwen Wang

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:627

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  42. There is a growing body of literature supporting positive associations between natural environments and better health. The type, quality and quantity of green and blue space (‘green-space’) in proximity to the...

    Authors: Matthew Dennis, Penny A. Cook, Philip James, C. Philip Wheater and Sarah J. Lindley

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:626

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  43. Depression shows different patterns depending on socioeconomic status (SES) and metabolic syndrome (MS). However, the nature of this association remains poorly understood. The aim of this study was to examine ...

    Authors: B. Kim and E. Y. Park

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:617

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  44. There were amounts of previous studies on chronic diseases, but few studies on the prevalence of chronic disease and the healthy lifestyle intervention in recent years, China. This study aimed to investigate t...

    Authors: Juncheng Lyu, Wen Zhang, Wei Li, Suzhen Wang and Jie Zhang

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:606

    Content type: Research article

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