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Health behavior, health promotion and society

Section edited by Frances Kay-Lambkin

This section aims to publish studies examining the cultural, economic and societal influences that inform lifestyle choices and health behaviours, from drug, alcohol and cigarette consumption, to perceptions of safe sexual behaviour and vaccine uptake, enabling all communities to increase control over their health, and empower them to maintain, attain, or regain good health and prevent disease.

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  1. Content type: Research article

    Physical activity is effective for the prevention and treatment of chronic disease, yet insufficient evidence is available to make comparisons regarding adherence to aerobic physical activity interventions amo...

    Authors: Tiffany Bullard, Mengmeng Ji, Ruopeng An, Linda Trinh, Michael Mackenzie and Sean P. Mullen

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:636

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    Up to 80% of the adult homeless population use tobacco, and smoking cessation programs could offer an important opportunity to address preventable mortality and morbidity for this population. This population f...

    Authors: Rebekah Pratt, Claire Pernat, Linda Kerandi, Azul Kmiecik, Cathy Strobel-Ayres, Anne Joseph, Susan A. Everson Rose, Xianghua Luo, Ned Cooney, Janet Thomas and Kola Okuyemi

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:635

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  3. Content type: Research article

    Active breaks in the classroom have been shown to be effective for increasing children’s physical activity, while simultaneously improving classroom behaviour outcomes. However, there is limited evidence on th...

    Authors: Amanda Watson, Anna Timperio, Helen Brown and Kylie D. Hesketh

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:633

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  4. Content type: Research article

    Older people living in deprived areas, from black and minority ethnic groups (BME) or aged over 85 years (oldest old) are recognised as ‘hard to reach’. Engaging these groups in health promotion is of particul...

    Authors: Ann E. M. Liljas, Kate Walters, Ana Jovicic, Steve Iliffe, Jill Manthorpe, Claire Goodman and Kalpa Kharicha

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:629

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  5. Content type: Research article

    Biobehavioral data about men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender women (TGW) in Papua New Guinea (PNG) are limited to those who sell sex. Information about those MSM and TGW who do not sell sex is nece...

    Authors: Avi J. Hakim, Kelsey Coy, Steven G. Badman, Barne Willie, Rebecca Narokobi, Josephine Gabuzzi, Simon Pekon, Martha Kupul, Parker Hou, Herick Aeno, Ruthy Neo Boli, Joshua Nembari, Sophie Ase, Angelyne Amos, Nick Dala, Damian Weikum…

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:623

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  6. Content type: Research article

    Evidence of the association between dyslipidemia and its components with commuting mode after adjusting for air pollution is limited. This study aimed to explore the association of dyslipidemia and its compone...

    Authors: Lixin Tao, Xia Li, Jie Zhang, Jia Liu, Yue Liu, Haibin Li, Xiangtong Liu, Yanxia Luo and Xiuhua Guo

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:622

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  7. Content type: Research article

    Given the effects of childhood obesity on future health, and the lack of information of its prevalence in Italy, a national surveillance system was implemented in 2007. It is OKkio alla SALUTE, part of the WHO...

    Authors: Laura Lauria, Angela Spinelli, Marta Buoncristiano and Paola Nardone

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:618

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Stigma differentially influences HIV and STI care among MSM, especially regarding partner notification practices. Recognizing the heterogeneous behaviors/identities within the category “MSM,” we used mixed-met...

    Authors: Amaya G. Perez-Brumer, Ryan C. Passaro, Catherine E. Oldenburg, Jonathan Garcia, Jorge Sanchez, H. Javier Salvatierra, Javier R. Lama and Jesse L. Clark

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:617

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  9. Content type: Research article

    There is limited evidence for the effectiveness of social media to promote healthy behaviour among Indigenous Australians, including to reduce smoking. Social media has significant potential to stimulate inter...

    Authors: Marita Hefler, Vicki Kerrigan, Becky Freeman, Gordon Robert Boot and David P. Thomas

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:615

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  10. Content type: Research article

    One major barrier to uptake of diabetic retinopathy (DR) services is lack of knowledge and awareness of DR among the people with diabetes (PwDM). Targeted health education (HE) can be a key element in improvin...

    Authors: M. M. P. N. Piyasena, Maria Zuurmond, Jennifer L. Y. Yip and G. V. S. Murthy

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:614

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Evidence has not been conclusive on whether adolescent overweight is associated with mental health, possibly caused by indirect, yet untested associations. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to examine t...

    Authors: Cornelia Leontine van Vuuren, Gusta G. Wachter, René Veenstra, Judith J. M. Rijnhart, Marcel F. van der Wal, Mai J. M. Chinapaw and Vincent Busch

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:612

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  12. Content type: Research article

    1.8 million new HIV infections occur every year, disproportionately affecting adolescent girls and young women. Abstinence-only risk avoidance approaches have had limited impact on reducing new infections. Thi...

    Authors: Noam Angrist, Mogomotsi Matshaba, Lesego Gabaitiri and Gabriel Anabwani

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:610

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Kamrangirchar and Hazaribagh are the largest slum areas in Dhaka, Bangladesh. In 2013, Médecins Sans Frontières initiated an urban healthcare programme in these areas providing services for factory workers and...

    Authors: Jeroen van der Heijden, Nell Gray, Beverly Stringer, Aminur Rahman, Sadika Akhter, Stobdan Kalon, Martins Dada and Animesh Biswas

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:600

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Drowning is a leading cause of accidental death in children under 14 years of age in Guangdong, China. We developed a statistical model to classify the risk of drowning among children based on the risk factors.

    Authors: Haofeng Xu, Xuhao Zhu, Zhishan Zhou, Yanjun Xu, Yongjian Zhu, Lifeng Lin, Jinying Huang and Ruilin Meng

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:599

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  15. Content type: Study protocol

    For patients with obesity who are not ready for or experience barriers to weight loss, clinical practice guidelines recommend provider counseling on preventing further weight gain as a first-line treatment app...

    Authors: Miriam B. Berger, Dori M. Steinberg, Sandy Askew, John A. Gallis, Cayla C. Treadway, Joseph R. Egger, Melissa C. Kay, Bryan C. Batch, Eric A. Finkelstein, Abigail DeVries, Ashley Brewer and Gary G. Bennett

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:596

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  16. Content type: Research article

    Childhood epilepsy can adversely affect education and employment in addition to health. Previous studies are small or highly selective producing conflicting results. This retrospective cohort study aims to com...

    Authors: Michael Fleming, Catherine A. Fitton, Markus F. C. Steiner, James S. McLay, David Clark, Albert King, Daniel F. Mackay and Jill P. Pell

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:595

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Intimate partner violence (IPV), HIV and sexually transmitted infections (STI) can contribute to disparities in population health, depending on the individual, social and environmental factors characterizing a...

    Authors: Bushra Sabri, Andrea L. Wirtz, Joseph Ssekasanvu, Bareng A. S. Nonyane, Fred Nalugoda, Joseph Kagaayi, Robert Ssekubugu and Jennifer A. Wagman

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:594

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Churches are an important asset and a trusted resource in the African American community. We needed a better understanding of their readiness to engage in health promotion before launching a large-scale health...

    Authors: Annette E. Maxwell, Rhonda Santifer, L. Cindy Chang, Juana Gatson, Catherine M. Crespi and Aziza Lucas-Wright

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:593

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  19. Content type: Study protocol

    Despite growing evidence for the multiple health benefits of community gardening, longitudinal studies based on quantitative data are needed. Here we describe the protocol of JArDinS, a quasi-experimental stud...

    Authors: Marion Tharrey, Marlène Perignon, Pascale Scheromm, Caroline Mejean and Nicole Darmon

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:589

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  20. Content type: Research article

    Past experiences of childhood maltreatment are common for youth involved in the juvenile justice system. This paper explores potential protective factors at the peer, family, school, and neighborhood levels th...

    Authors: Andra Wilkinson, Hannah Lantos, Tyler McDaniel and Hannah Winslow

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:588

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  21. Content type: Research article

    Food serves as a vehicle for many pathogenic and toxigenic agents that cause food-borne diseases. Knowledge, attitude, and practices are key factors in reducing the incidence of food-borne diseases in food ser...

    Authors: Sa’ed Zyoud, Jawad Shalabi, Kathem Imran, Lina Ayaseh, Nawras Radwany, Ruba Salameh, Zain Sa’dalden, Labib Sharif, Waleed Sweileh, Rahmat Awang and Samah Al-Jabi

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:586

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  22. Content type: Research article

    Adherence to smoking, alcohol consumption, diet and physical activity (PA) guidelines may improve outcomes for people with a stoma. A better understanding of these behaviours following stoma formation surgery ...

    Authors: Rebecca J. Beeken, Joanne S. Haviland, Claire Taylor, Anna Campbell, Abigail Fisher, Chloe Grimmett, Gozde Ozakinci, Sarah Slater, Iseult Wilson and Gill Hubbard

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:574

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  23. Content type: Study protocol

    Cardiorespiratory arrest (CRA) is a health emergency with high mortality. Mortality depends on time of initiation and quality of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) manoeuvres and the use of the automated exte...

    Authors: Albert Del Pozo, Felipe Villalobos, Cristina Rey-Reñones, Ester Granado, David Sabaté, Carme Poblet, Angels Calvet, Josep Basora, Antoni Castro and Gemma Flores

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:572

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  24. Content type: Study protocol

    Children of substance-abusing parents are at a substantial risk of developing substance-use and other mental disorders. Children involved in substance abuse – not diagnosed with substance-use problems but inte...

    Authors: Diana Moesgen, Katharina Ise, Janina Dyba and Michael Klein

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:571

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  25. Content type: Research article

    Recent economic development in China has been accompanied by well-documented health inequalities between regions. The impact of individual factors on child height has been widely studied, but the influence of ...

    Authors: Yan Zhang, Han Wang, Xi Wang, Meicen Liu, Yinping Wang, Yan Wang and Hong Zhou

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:569

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  26. Content type: Research article

    Unintended pregnancies are associated with poorer obstetric outcomes and are sometimes measured at a population level as a surrogate marker for reproductive autonomy and access to health services, including co...

    Authors: Emma Griffiths, David Atkinson, Domenica Friello and Julia V. Marley

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:568

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  27. Content type: Research article

    Data are lacking regarding the prevalence of benzodiazepine long-term use in the general population. Our aim was to examine the prevalence of prescribed benzodiazepine long-term use (BLTU) according to sociode...

    Authors: Guillaume Airagnes, Cédric Lemogne, Adeline Renuy, Marcel Goldberg, Nicolas Hoertel, Yves Roquelaure, Frédéric Limosin and Marie Zins

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:566

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  28. Content type: Research article

    Behavior change interventions have been developed by drawing from many different theories using design processes of varying specificity. We describe the development of a behavior change intervention to improve...

    Authors: James B. Tidwell, Jenala Chipungu, Roma Chilengi, Val Curtis and Robert Aunger

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:565

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  29. Content type: Research article

    Surveys of young people under-represent those in alternative education settings (AES), potentially disguising health inequalities. We present the first quantitative UK evidence of health inequalities between A...

    Authors: Marion Henderson, Catherine Nixon, Martin J. McKee, Denise Smith, Daniel Wight and Lawrie Elliott

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:564

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  30. Content type: Study protocol

    Eating habits are established during childhood and track into adolescence and later in life. Given that these habits have a large public health impact and influence the increasing rates of childhood obesity wo...

    Authors: Margrethe Røed, Elisabet R. Hillesund, Frøydis N. Vik, Wendy Van Lippevelde and Nina Cecilie Øverby

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:563

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  31. Content type: Research article

    People struggling with reading and writing difficulties may have poor odds of achieving a good and healthy life. Reading and writing difficulties are independent risk factors for not completing education and u...

    Authors: Mette-Marie Zacher Kjeldsen, Christina Malmose Stapelfeldt, Louise Lindholdt, Thomas Lund and Merete Labriola

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:537

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  32. Content type: Study protocol

    Loss of cognitive function is a significant issue as the world’s population ages. Preserving cognitive function maintains independence in older adults bringing major societal and financial benefits. Lifestyle ...

    Authors: Karen D. Mumme, Pamela R. von Hurst, Cathryn A. Conlon, Beatrix Jones, Crystal F. Haskell-Ramsay, Welma Stonehouse, Anne-Louise M. Heath, Jane Coad and Kathryn L. Beck

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:535

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  33. Content type: Research article

    Despite evolving evidence of the health and economic benefits of active transportation (AT) to work, few studies have examined the determinants of AT in large organizations with multiple worksites nor how tren...

    Authors: David R. Paul, Yazhuo Deng and Philip S. Cook

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:526

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  34. Content type: Research article

    Increasingly the population is eating meals and snacks prepared outside the home, especially younger adults. Takeaway foods can be energy-dense, high in saturated fat and sodium, and deleterious to health. Ext...

    Authors: Anne C. Grunseit, Amelia S. Cook, Janet Conti, Melissa Gwizd and Margaret Allman-Farinelli

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:525

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  35. Content type: Research article

    This paper analyses the 2008 economic collapse in Spain with its long-lasting effects. Precisely, the ones associated with lifestyles. Thus, the aim of this paper is to examine to what extent economic downturn...

    Authors: Carla Blázquez-Fernández, David Cantarero-Prieto and Patricio Perez

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:523

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  36. Content type: Research article

    The Stoptober temporary abstinence campaign challenges smokers to engage in a collective quit attempt for 28 days. The campaign is based on social contagion theory, SMART (i.e., Specific, Measurable, Attainabl...

    Authors: Sigrid A. Troelstra, Anton E. Kunst and Janneke Harting

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:522

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  37. Content type: Study protocol

    Physical inactivity is deemed to be the fourth leading cause for premature death. Nevertheless, only a minority of children and adolescents in Germany fulfil the guideline of the World Health Organization of a...

    Authors: Yolanda Demetriou and Joachim Bachner

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:519

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  38. Content type: Research article

    Antibiotic resistance became a marker of irrational and overuse of these medicines in many countries. This study aims to evaluate the knowledge, attitude and practice (KAP) of medical students (MS) and non-med...

    Authors: Ammar Jairoun, Nageeb Hassan, Abdelazim Ali, Obaida Jairoun and Moyad Shahwan

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:518

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  39. Content type: Research article

    Among cervical cancer patients in the U.S., a disproportionate number are Hispanics/Latinos. Also, about a third of patients diagnosed with cervical cancer annually in Mexico die of the disease. Vaccines are a...

    Authors: Mariela Bahena, Marcela Carvajal-Suarez, Amr S. Soliman, Jiangtao Luo and Armando De Alba

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:515

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  40. Content type: Research article

    Despite a decrease in driving under the influence of alcohol (DUIA) prevalence over the past decades, DUIA prevalence still remains high in the United States. To date, there is limited research examining wheth...

    Authors: Ji-Yeun Park and Li-Tzy Wu

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:509

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  41. Content type: Research article

    In Zambia, cervical cancer screening was started in 2006 and the human papillomavirus vaccine was piloted in 2013. Nevertheless, cervical cancer remains the leading cancer. It is assumed that knowledge, social...

    Authors: Anayawa Nyambe, Jarl K. Kampen, Stridutt K. Baboo and Guido Van Hal

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:508

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  42. Content type: Study protocol

    The X:IT intervention, conducted in 2010 to 2013, showed overall smoking preventive effect. However, parts of the intervention appeared less appealing to children from families with lower socioeconomic backgro...

    Authors: Lotus Sofie Bast, Pernille Due, Stine Glenstrup Lauemøller, Niels Them Kjær, Tenna Christiansen and Anette Andersen

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:497

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  43. Content type: Research article

    Youth focused Life Skills Education and Counseling Services (YLSECS) program, trained teachers/National Service Scheme (NSS) officers to deliver Life Skills Education (LSE) and counseling services to college g...

    Authors: Banandur S. Pradeep, Banavaram Anniappan Arvind, Srinivas Ramaiah, Swati Shahane, Lavanya Garady, Mutharaju Arelingaiah, Gopalkrishna Gururaj and Gananatha Shetty Yekkaru

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:489

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  44. Content type: Research article

    Little is known about the knowledge and attitudes towards human papillomavirus (HPV) and its vaccines among adolescents in mainland China. Also, limited information has been available on how to improve their k...

    Authors: Chun-Rong Liu, Hao Liang, Xi Zhang, Chen Pu, Qin Li, Qiao-Ling Li, Fei-Yang Ren and Jing Li

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:488

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  45. Content type: Research article

    The start-up of the Turin municipal solid waste incineration plant (2013) was accompanied by surveillance of health effects, which included a human biomonitoring campaign. Here we present the results of the ri...

    Authors: Antonella Bena, Martina Gandini, Ennio Cadum, Enrico Procopio, Giuseppe Salamina, Manuela Orengia and Elena Farina

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:483

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  46. Content type: Research article

    There is robust evidence that regular physical activity (PA) has positive health effects. However, the best PA methods and the most important correlates for promoting PA remain unclear. Physical activity on pr...

    Authors: Stefan Lundqvist, Mats Börjesson, Maria E. H. Larsson, Åsa Cider and Lars Hagberg

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:482

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  47. Content type: Research article

    Although the number of studies examining the relationships between sedentary behaviors (SB) and anxiety is growing, an overarching evidence, taking into account children, adolescents, and adults as well as dif...

    Authors: Bartlomiej Stanczykiewicz, Anna Banik, Nina Knoll, Jan Keller, Diana Hilda Hohl, Joanna Rosińczuk and Aleksandra Luszczynska

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:459

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