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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. Cultivation of tobacco raises concerns about detrimental health and social consequences for youth, but tobacco producing countries only highlight economic benefits. We compared sociodemographic and health-rela...

    Authors: Ethel Alderete, Jennifer Livaudais-Toman, Celia Kaplan, Steven E. Gregorich, Raúl Mejía and Eliseo J. Pérez-Stable

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:84

    Content type: Research article

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  2. Parent-child communication is an effective tool for fostering healthy sexual and reproductive behaviours among adolescents. However, the topic is underexplored in Nigeria. This study examines how parents and c...

    Authors: Chinyere Ojiugo Mbachu, Ifunanya Clara Agu, Irene Eze, Chibuike Agu, Uche Ezenwaka, Nkoli Ezumah and Obinna Onwujekwe

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:77

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  3. Patient-centered care is pillar 1 of the “End TB” strategy, but little has been documented in the literature about what this means for people living with rifampicin-resistant (RR-TB). Optimizing care for such ...

    Authors: Jennifer Furin, Marian Loveday, Sindisiwe Hlangu, Lindy Dickson-Hall, Sacha le Roux, Mark Nicol and Helen Cox

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:76

    Content type: Research article

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  4. Disease-causing poverty is a serious problem in rural China, where social capital can mediate the disease—poverty relationship. However, there is no generally accepted reliable, robust and viable measure of so...

    Authors: Lizheng Xu, Min Guo, Stephen Nicholas, Long Sun, Fan Yang and Jian Wang

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:63

    Content type: Research article

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  5. Marked disparities by socioeconomic status in the risk of potentially avoidable hospitalization for chronic illnesses have been observed in many contexts, including those with universal health coverage. Less w...

    Authors: Neeru Gupta, Dan L. Crouse and Adele Balram

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:60

    Content type: Research article

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  6. Heart disease and stroke are among the leading causes of death in Native Americans. Knowledge of heart attack and stroke symptomology are essential for prompt identification of symptoms and for appropriate act...

    Authors: Jared C. Van Hooser, Krista L. Rouse, Mandy L. Meyer, Amanda M. Siegler, Beth M. Fruehauf, Elliot H. Ballance, Sarah M. Solberg, Michael J. Dibble and M. Nawal Lutfiyya

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:40

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  7. People in socially disadvantaged groups face a myriad of challenges to their health. Discrimination, based on group status such as gender, immigration generation, race/ethnicity, or religion, are a well-docume...

    Authors: Joshua G. Rivenbark and Mathieu Ichou

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:31

    Content type: Research article

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  8. Despite known associations between different aspects of sexual health, it is not clear how patterning of adverse sexual health varies across the general population. A better understanding should contribute tow...

    Authors: Alison Parkes, Michael Waltenberger, Catherine Mercer, Anne Johnson, Kaye Wellings and Kirstin Mitchell

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:14

    Content type: Research article

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  9. Africans immigrants in the United States are the least-studied immigrant group, despite the research and policy efforts to address health disparities within immigrant communities. Although their healthcare exp...

    Authors: Ogbonnaya I. Omenka, Dennis P. Watson and Hugh C. Hendrie

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:27

    Content type: Research article

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  10. Social capital is generally portrayed to be protective of adolescents’ health and wellbeing against the effects of socioeconomic inequalities. However, few empirical evidence exist on this protective role of s...

    Authors: Evelyn Aboagye Addae

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:20

    Content type: Research article

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  11. The health-related quality of life (HRQoL) of adolescents with CP in low and middle-income countries is often poor, as is the case in Bangladesh. This exploratory study examined what factors predict the proxy-...

    Authors: Rosalie Power, Claire Galea, Mohammad Muhit, Eamin Heanoy, Tasneem Karim, Nadia Badawi and Gulam Khandaker

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:18

    Content type: Research article

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  12. Studies from European and non-European countries have shown that migrants utilize cervical cancer screening less often than non-migrants. Findings from Germany are inconsistent. This can be explained by severa...

    Authors: Patrick Brzoska, Tuğba Aksakal and Yüce Yilmaz-Aslan

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:5

    Content type: Research article

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  13. University postgraduates’ mobility towards, and outside the EU is continuously increasing, creating a competitive context in which maintaining a high life satisfaction (LS) is a public health challenge. Howeve...

    Authors: Angela Odero, Louis Chauvel, Anne Hartung, Etienne le Bihan and Michèle Baumann

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:3

    Content type: Research article

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  14. The Canary Islands is one of the Spanish Regions with the highest obesity prevalence, and one of the Autonomous Communities that was hit hard by the economic crisis that arrived to Spain in 2008. This research...

    Authors: Aránzazu Hernández-Yumar, Ignacio Abásolo Alessón and Beatriz González López-Valcárcel

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:1755

    Content type: Research article

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  15. While discrimination takes multiple forms, racial or ethnic discrimination is a root cause of this health-damaging social phenomenon. We drew on intersectionality theory, which offers an account of discriminat...

    Authors: Nihaya Daoud, Neveen Ali Saleh-Darawshy, Meiyin Gao, Ruslan Sergienko, Stephanie Ruth Sestito and Nabil Geraisy

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:1741

    Content type: Research article

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  16. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality in China. However, identifying patients has proved challenging, resulting in widespread under-diagnosis of the conditi...

    Authors: Marco Koch, Thomas Butt, Wudong Guo, Xue Li, Yirong Chen, Diana Tan and Gordon G. Liu

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:1727

    Content type: Research article

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  17. Increasing evidence suggests that psychological well-being (PWB) is associated with lower disease and mortality risk, and may be enhanced with relatively low-cost interventions. Yet, dissemination of these int...

    Authors: Claudia Trudel-Fitzgerald, Rachel A. Millstein, Christiana von Hippel, Chanelle J. Howe, Linda Powers Tomasso, Gregory R. Wagner and Tyler J. VanderWeele

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:1712

    Content type: Debate

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  18. The social determinants of health have been widely recognised yet there remains a lack of clarity regarding what constitute the macro-economic determinants of health and what can be done to address them. An um...

    Authors: Yannish Naik, Peter Baker, Sharif A. Ismail, Taavi Tillmann, Kristin Bash, Darryl Quantz, Frances Hillier-Brown, Wikum Jayatunga, Gill Kelly, Michelle Black, Anya Gopfert, Peter Roderick, Ben Barr and Clare Bambra

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:1678

    Content type: Research article

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  19. The purpose of this correspondence is to express our disappointment with the coverage of the BMC Public Health supplement: Vol 19 (4) titled “Health and Nutritional Issues Among Low Income Population in Malaysia”...

    Authors: Geok Lin Khor and Zalilah Mohd Shariff

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:1685

    Content type: Correspondence

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  20. Race and place intersect to produce location-based variation in disease distributions. We analyzed the geographic distribution of tuberculosis (TB) incidence in Michigan, USA to better understand the complex i...

    Authors: Grace A. Noppert, Philippa Clarke, Margaret T. Hicken and Mark L. Wilson

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:1669

    Content type: Research article

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  21. Anemia among Women of Reproductive Age (WRA) continues to be among the major public health problems in many developing countries, including Rwanda, where it increased in prevalence between the 2015 and 2010 Rw...

    Authors: Dieudonne Hakizimana, Marie Paul Nisingizwe, Jenae Logan and Rex Wong

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:1662

    Content type: Research article

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  22. Childhood immunization programmes have made substantial contributions to lowering the burden of disease among children in developing countries, however a large proportion of children still remain unimmunized. ...

    Authors: Abrham Wondimu, Qi Cao, Jan C. Wilschut and Maarten J. Postma

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:1656

    Content type: Research article

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  23. The prevalence of hookah consumption has been on the increase in Iran over the past two decades. This rate is higher among women than men in the south of Iran than other geographical areas. The purpose of this...

    Authors: Sakineh Dadipoor, Gerjo Kok, Teamur Aghamolaei, Mohtasham Ghaffari, Ali Heyrani and Amin Ghanbarnezhad

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:1655

    Content type: Research article

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  24. Poor health is both a cause and consequence of poverty, and there is a growing body of evidence suggesting that social capital is an important factor for improving health in resource-poor settings. Internation...

    Authors: Natalee Hung and Lincoln Leehang Lau

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:1641

    Content type: Research article

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  25. Knowledge, attitudes, and practices (KAP) surveys regarding zoonotic diseases are crucial to understanding the extent of knowledge among citizens and for guiding health-related education programs.

    Authors: Christian Kiffner, Michelle Latzer, Ruby Vise, Hayley Benson, Elizabeth Hammon and John Kioko

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:1625

    Content type: Research article

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  26. Obesity and metabolic diseases represent a major health burden in the Caribbean, particularly since a large part of the population is disadvantaged. However, socioeconomic inequalities in chronic diseases are ...

    Authors: Zoé Colombet, Marlène Perignon, Benoît Salanave, Edwige Landais, Yves Martin-Prevel, Benjamin Allès, Sophie Drogue, Marie Josèphe Amiot and Caroline Méjean

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:1620

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  27. The mental wellness of children and adolescents in rural Australia is under researched and key to understanding the long-term mental health outcomes for rural communities. This analysis used data from the Aust...

    Authors: Ingrid Peters, Tonelle Handley, Karen Oakley, Sarah Lutkin and David Perkins

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:1616

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  28. Previous research shows that parental unemployment is associated with low life satisfaction in adolescents. It is unclear whether this translates to an association between national unemployment and adolescent lif...

    Authors: Klara Johansson, Solveig Petersen, Björn Högberg, Gonneke W. J. M. Stevens, Bart De Clercq, Diana Frasquilho, Frank Elgar and Mattias Strandh

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:1555

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  29. Breast cancer has become one of the most common causes of mortality among Indonesian women. Many women in Indonesia present with late-stage breast cancer, negatively affecting prognosis and treatment outcomes....

    Authors: Triana Kesuma Dewi, Karlijn Massar, Robert A. C. Ruiter and Tino Leonardi

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:1581

    Content type: Research article

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  30. Studies have reported that improvement of dietary habits through increased whole grain foods consumption at an early age has the potential to lead to betterment in lifelong health and wellness. The GReat-Child...

    Authors: H. C. Koo, B. K. Poh and A. T. Ruzita

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:1574

    Content type: Research article

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  31. Socio-economic factors are considered as main determinants causing disparities in oral health across different countries. The aim of the present study was to investigate the associations of social and economic...

    Authors: Majid Ghasemianpour, Soheila Bakhshandeh, Armin Shirvani, Naghmeh Emadi, Hamid Samadzadeh, Nadereh Moosavi Fatemi and Anoosheh Ghasemian

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:1569

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  32. China’s achievements in immunization are being threatened by a vaccine crisis. This paper aims to investigate vaccine confidence in China after the Changsheng vaccine incident and attempts to identify the fact...

    Authors: Baohua Liu, Ruohui Chen, Miaomiao Zhao, Xin Zhang, Jiahui Wang, Lijun Gao, Jiao Xu, Qunhong Wu and Ning Ning

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:1564

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  33. People with intellectual and developmental disability (IDD) have poor oral health and need support to maintain optimal oral health outcomes. Little is known about how, when and where to intervene for this popu...

    Authors: Nathan J. Wilson, Zhen Lin, Amy Villarosa, Peter Lewis, Philcy Philip, Bashir Sumar and Ajesh George

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:1530

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  34. Youth often experience unique pathways into homelessness, such as family conflict, child abuse and neglect. Most research has focused on adult homeless populations, yet youth have specific needs that require a...

    Authors: Jean Zhuo Wang, Sebastian Mott, Olivia Magwood, Christine Mathew, Andrew Mclellan, Victoire Kpade, Priya Gaba, Nicole Kozloff, Kevin Pottie and Anne Andermann

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:1528

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  35. Educational inequalities in health have been widely reported. A low educational level is associated with more adverse working conditions. Working conditions, in turn, are associated with health and there is ev...

    Authors: Sascha de Breij, Jeevitha Yogachandiran Qvist, Daniel Holman, Jana Mäcken, Jorma Seitsamo, Martijn Huisman and Dorly J. H. Deeg

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:1515

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  36. During the transition to adulthood many young adults become obese for the first time in their lives, yet relatively little research has examined why people in this life phase become obese. This study examines ...

    Authors: Jarl E. Mooyaart, Aart C. Liefbroer and Francesco C. Billari

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:1511

    Content type: Research article

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  37. Quality of life (QoL) is a multidimensional concept that is affected by various factors. According to the literature, social capital is one of the key determinants of QoL that improves the living conditions of...

    Authors: Masoumeh RezaeiNiaraki, Sadaf Roosta, Zainab Alimoradi, Kelly-Ann Allen and Amir H. Pakpour

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:1497

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  38. Antenatal care (ANC) services are critical for maternal health but Nigeria performs poorly in ANC utilisation compared to other countries in sub-Saharan Africa. This study aimed to assess socioeconomic inequal...

    Authors: Chijioke O. Nwosu and John E. Ataguba

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:1493

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  39. Healthcare services are being increasingly digitalised in European countries. However, in studies evaluating digital health technology, some people are less likely to participate than others, e.g. those who ar...

    Authors: Arianna Poli, Susanne Kelfve and Andreas Motel-Klingebiel

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:1487

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  40. Chronic stress in childhood may increase the risk of overweight and obesity in young people. Erik Hemmingsson has suggested a new obesity causation model which focuses on psychosocial stress.

    Authors: Per Hoegh Poulsen, Karin Biering, Trine Nøhr Winding, Ellen Aagaard Nohr, Liselotte Vogdrup Petersen, Stanley J. Ulijaszek and Johan Hviid Andersen

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:1475

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  41. Positive mental health may support healthy development in childhood, although few studies have investigated this at a population level. We aimed to construct a measure of mental health competence (MHC), a skil...

    Authors: Steven Hope, Emeline Rougeaux, Jessica Deighton, Catherine Law and Anna Pearce

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:1461

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  42. In France during the last 15 years, precariousness among women has increased. In breast cancer, precariousness has been associated with an increase in mortality, but the links between precariousness, stage at ...

    Authors: Charlotte Ngô, Aurélia Dinut, Audrey Bochaton, Hélène Charreire, Caroline Desprès, Sandrine Baffert, Fabrice Lécuru and Gilles Chatellier

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:1450

    Content type: Study protocol

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  43. Road traffic injuries (RTIs) have been one of the most critical public health problems in Thailand for decades. The objective of this study was to examine to what extent provincial economy was associated with ...

    Authors: Rapeepong Suphanchaimat, Vorasith Sornsrivichai, Supon Limwattananon and Panithee Thammawijaya

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:1449

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