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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. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. Despite a number of studies linking family and marriage factors with health behaviour, the effects of children on the health behaviour of parents are still understudied. This study explored the association bet...

    Authors: Haoxiang Lin, Chun Chang, Zhao Liu and Huaqing Tan

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1448

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  9. Skilled birth attendant (SBA) delivery is vital for the health of mothers and newborns, as most maternal and newborn deaths occur at the time of childbirth or immediately after birth. This problem becomes wors...

    Authors: Achamyeleh Birhanu Teshale, Adugnaw Zeleke Alem, Yigizie Yeshaw, Sewnet Adem Kebede, Alemneh Mekuriaw Liyew, Getayeneh Antehunegn Tesema and Chilot Desta Agegnehu

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1444

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  10. Client-Centered Representative Payee (CCRP) is an intervention modifying implementation of a current policy of the US Social Security Administration, which appoints organizations to serve as financial payees o...

    Authors: Abisola Olaniyan, Stephanie L. Creasy, D. Scott Batey, Maria Mori Brooks, Catherine Maulsby, Karen Musgrove, Elizabeth Hagan, Deborah Martin, Courtenay Sashin, Christina Farmartino and Mary Hawk

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1443

    Content type: Study protocol

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  11. Adequacy of prenatal care is associated with fulfillment of postpartum sterilization requests, though it is unclear whether this relationship is indicative of broader social and structural determinants of heal...

    Authors: Kavita Shah Arora, Mustafa Ascha, Barbara Wilkinson, Emily Verbus, Mary Montague, Jane Morris and Douglas Einstadter

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1440

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  12. Migrants from South Asia living in developed countries have an increased risk for developing cardiovascular disease (CVD), with limited research into underlying social causes.

    Authors: Farina Kokab, Sheila Greenfield, Antje Lindenmeyer, Manbinder Sidhu, Lynda Tait and Paramjit Gill

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1432

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  13. Insufficient physical activity (PA) is a common health risk and more prevalent in rural populations. Few studies have assessed relationships between the built environment and PA in rural settings, and communit...

    Authors: Jeanette Gustat, Christopher E. Anderson, Queendaleen C. Chukwurah, Maeve E. Wallace, Stephanie T. Broyles and Lydia A. Bazzano

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1426

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  14. Numerous studies have clarified that family socioeconomic status (SES) is positively associated with health. However, the mechanism of family SES on health needs to be further investigated from a social epidem...

    Authors: Ying Ji, Qingping Yun, Xuewen Jiang and Chun Chang

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1401

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  15. Unintended pregnancy has dire consequences on the health and socioeconomic wellbeing of adolescent girls and young women (AGYW) (aged 15–24 years). While most studies tend to focus on lack of access to contrac...

    Authors: Anthony Idowu Ajayi and Henrietta Chinelo Ezegbe

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1370

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  16. Tobacco and alcohol use are major behavioural risks in developing countries like Nepal, which are contributing to a rapid increase in non-communicable diseases (NCDs). This causal relationship is further compl...

    Authors: Sudesh Raj Sharma, Anna Matheson, Danielle Lambrick, James Faulkner, David W. Lounsbury, Abhinav Vaidya and Rachel Page

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1368

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  17. Global demographics are changing as societies all over the world are aging. This puts focus on maintaining functional ability and independence into older age. Individuals from lower social classes are at great...

    Authors: Nikita Pandey, Alexander Darin-Mattsson and Charlotta Nilsen

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1360

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  18. Tuberculosis (TB)-related stigma presents a major barrier to care of persons with TB through its impact on treatment initiation and retention in care. This is particularly challenging in settings with high pre...

    Authors: Kristina L. Bajema, Rachel W. Kubiak, Brandon L. Guthrie, Susan M. Graham, Sabina Govere, Hilary Thulare, Mahomed-Yunus Moosa, Connie Celum and Paul K. Drain

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1338

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  19. A growing number of studies have explored how features of the neighbourhood environment can be related to cognitive health in later life. Yet few have focused on low- and middle-income countries and compared t...

    Authors: Yu-Tzu Wu, Carol Brayne, Zhaorui Liu, Yueqin Huang, Ana Luisa Sosa, Daisy Acosta and Matthew Prina

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1330

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  20. Some studies investigated the relationship between musculoskeletal conditions and chronic diseases. However, no study examined the association between social determinants and chronic diseases among people at h...

    Authors: Vishal Vennu, Tariq A. Abdulrahman, Aqeel M. Alenazi and Saad M. Bindawas

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1323

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  21. Poverty and food insecurity have been linked to poor health and morbidity, especially in older adults. Housing is recognized as a social determinant of health, and very little is known about subjective poverty...

    Authors: Melissa Pirrie, Leila Harrison, Ricardo Angeles, Francine Marzanek, Andrea Ziesmann and Gina Agarwal

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1320

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  22. As more people are living with one or more chronic health conditions, supporting patients to become activated, self-managers of their conditions has become a key health policy focus both in the UK and internat...

    Authors: Flora Douglas, Emma MacIver and Chris Yuill

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1309

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  23. Experiencing interpersonal violence and disclosing this experience to physicians can be associated with fear, shame, denial or emotional turmoil. Expressions of such feelings additionally conflict with masculi...

    Authors: Nikola Komlenac, Heidi Siller and Margarethe Hochleitner

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1305

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  24. Child maltreatment leads to enormous adverse short- and long-term health outcomes. The aim of this study is to estimate the burden of disease and the cost of illness attributable to child maltreatment in Japan.

    Authors: Xiuting Mo, Ruoyan Tobe Gai, Yoshiyuki Tachibana, Timothy Bolt, Yoshimitsu Takahashi and Takeo Nakayama

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1296

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  25. Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and poor family support and communication can increase emotional and behavioural problems (EBP). Therefore, we assessed the association of difficult communication with moth...

    Authors: Miriama Lackova Rebicova, Zuzana Dankulincova Veselska, Daniela Husarova, Daniel Klein, Andrea Madarasova Geckova, Jitse P. van Dijk and Sijmen A. Reijneveld

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1264

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  26. Studies of factors associated with the use of Internet-based health information generally focus on general, rather than migrant populations. This study looked into the reasons why Internet-based health informa...

    Authors: Florence Samkange-Zeeb, Liubov Borisova, Beatriz Padilla, Hannah Bradby, Jenny Phillimore, Hajo Zeeb and Tilman Brand

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1263

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  27. Few studies have quantitatively estimated the income elasticity of demand of voluntary private health insurance (VPHI) in countries with a universal National Health Service. Most studies to date have uses cros...

    Authors: Jaime Pinilla and Beatriz G. López-Valcárcel

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1262

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  28. The Household Health Survey (HHS) was developed to understand the socioeconomic determinants of mental and physical health, and health inequalities in health and social care. This paper aims to provide a detai...

    Authors: Clarissa Giebel, Jason C. McIntyre, Ana Alfirevic, Rhiannon Corcoran, Konstantinos Daras, Jennifer Downing, Mark Gabbay, Munir Pirmohamed, Jennie Popay, Paula Wheeler, Keith Holt, Timothy Wilson, Richard Bentall and Ben Barr

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1257

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  29. Despite concerted global efforts towards achieving infant-survival, infant mortality lingers as a problem in developing countries. Environmental and personal-level factors are assumed to account for this situa...

    Authors: Eniolufolake Elizabeth Sokefun and Nnodimele Onuigbo Atulomah

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1245

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  30. Nearly 40 million American adults report past year food insecurity. This is concerning, as food insecurity is associated with chronic disease morbidity and premature mortality. Women disproportionately experie...

    Authors: Joanne G. Patterson, Jennifer Russomanno and Jennifer M. Jabson Tree

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1155

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  31. Research on the effects of marriage on health maintains that there is a gender-specific gradient, with men deriving far greater benefits than women. One reason provided for this difference is the disproportion...

    Authors: Kenisha Russell Jonsson, Gustav Oberg, Florence Samkange-Zeeb and Nicholas Kofi Adjei

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1204

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  32. Food insecurity and malnutrition in children are pervasive public health concerns in Zimbabwe. Previous studies only identified determinants of food insecurity and malnutrition with very little efforts done in...

    Authors: Akim Tafadzwa Lukwa, Aggrey Siya, Karen Nelwin Zablon, James Mba Azam and Olufunke A. Alaba

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1199

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  33. Older lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) adults are an underserved and understudied population that experience specific health disparities. The intersection of aging and chronic medical disease with a higher ris...

    Authors: Benjamin H. Han, Dustin T. Duncan, Mauricio Arcila-Mesa and Joseph J. Palamar

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1123

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  34. Great growth inequalities between urban and rural areas have been reported in China over the past years. By examining urban/rural inequalities in physical growth among children < 7 years old over the past thre...

    Authors: Yan Hu, Weiqun Lin, Xuying Tan, Yu Liu, Yuqi Wen, Yanfei Xing, Ying Ma, Huiyan Liu, Yanyan Song, Jingjing Liang, Kin Bong Hubert Lam and Suifang Lin

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1190

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  35. Globally, the prevalence of overweight and obesity is escalating, particularly among women and wealthier people. In many developed countries, overweight and obesity are more prevalent in persons with lower soc...

    Authors: Ayelign Mengesha Kassie, Biruk Beletew Abate and Mesfin Wudu Kassaw

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1189

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  36. Developing robust evidence is a challenge for researchers working with disadvantaged or vulnerable populations. For example, research shows that young people who have transitioned from out-of-home care (OOHC) ...

    Authors: Lauren Parsons, Donna Chung, Reinie Cordier, David Hodgson, Stephan Lund, Philip Mendes, Melissa O’Donnell, Richard Parsons and Stian Thoresen

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1180

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  37. Family caregivers are critical partners in the plan of care of people with disabilities. The study aims to demonstrate the factor structure and internal consistency of the Caregiver Burden Inventory (CBI) amon...

    Authors: Eman Ramadan Ghazawy, Eman Sameh Mohammed, Eman Mohamed Mahfouz and Marwa Gamal Abdelrehim

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1156

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  38. The data of the International Diabetes Federation show that about 463 million people have diabetes. Better understanding of psychosocial aspects of life with this disease has become one of healthcare prioritie...

    Authors: Ewa Kobos, Alicja Szewczyk, Teresa Świątkowska, Tomasz Kryczka and Zofia Sienkiewicz

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1140

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  39. The role of housing as a social determinant of health is well-established, but the causal pathways are poorly understood beyond the direct effects of physical housing defects. For low-income, vulnerable househ...

    Authors: Steve Rolfe, Lisa Garnham, Jon Godwin, Isobel Anderson, Pete Seaman and Cam Donaldson

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1138

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  40. The use of health care services is influenced by various factors, including demographic, social, economic, and health status factors. This study aimed to identify the factors that influence health care use in ...

    Authors: Na Young Kong and Dong Hee Kim

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1133

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  41. Demographic and anthropometric factors associated with the age at diagnosis of diabetes have not been extensively studied. Much of the literature using anthropometric measures has been associated with other he...

    Authors: Daudet Ilunga Tshiswaka, Chris B. Agala, A. J. Guillory, Breanna Walters and Justice Mbizo

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1121

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  42. The pressing demands of work over the years have had a significant constraint on the family and social life of working adults. Moreover, failure to achieve a ‘balance’ between these domains of life may have an...

    Authors: Aziz Mensah and Nicholas Kofi Adjei

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2020 20:1052

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  43. 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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  44. 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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