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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. The main objective of this study was to investigate the interaction effect of school socioeconomic composition (SEC) and adolescent socioeconomic status (SES) in the prevalence of overweight and obesity among ...

    Authors: Maxime Luiggi, Olivier Rey, Maxime Travert and Jean Griffet

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:1837

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  2. While life expectancy increases, it is necessary to evaluate whether the additional years are lived in good health, particularly in order to adapt the health care provision and social measures available to sup...

    Authors: Laure Carcaillon-Bentata, Noémie Soullier, Nathalie Beltzer and Joël Coste

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:1804

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  3. To promote institutional delivery, the Government of India, through the Janani Suraksha Yojana (JSY) program, gives monetary reward to all pregnant women who give birth at the government or private health cent...

    Authors: Ratna Patel, Strong P. Marbaniang, Shobhit Srivastava, Pradeep Kumar and Shekhar Chauhan

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:1785

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  4. The aim of this study was to examine whether cultural factors, such as religiosity and social support, mediate/moderate the relationship between personal/psychosocial factors and T2DM self-care in a rural Appa...

    Authors: Brittany L. Smalls, Adebola Adegboyega, Ellen Combs, Matthew Rutledge, Philip M. Westgate, Md. Tofial Azam, Felipe De La Barra, Lovoria B. Williams and Nancy E. Schoenberg

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:1784

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  5. Self-rated health (SRH) - one of the most common health indicators used to verify health conditions - can be influenced by several types of socioeconomic conditions, thereby reflecting health inequalities. Thi...

    Authors: Thaís Lopes de Oliveira, Raquel Vasconcellos Carvalhaes de Oliveira, Rosane Harter Griep, Arlinda B. Moreno, Maria da Conceição Chagas de Almeida, Ylva Brännström Almquist and Maria de Jesus Mendes da Fonseca

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:1761

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  6. While vaccine development is itself a challenge; ensuring optimal vaccine uptake at population level can present an even more significant challenge. Therefore, this study aimed to assess the Pakistani populati...

    Authors: Muhammad Junaid Tahir, Muhammad Saqlain, Waleed Tariq, Summaiya Waheed, Steven H. S. Tan, Sarim Irhas Nasir, Irfan Ullah and Ali Ahmed

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:1759

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  7. In Hungary, the mortality rate for testicular germ cell cancer (TGCC) is 0,9/100000 which is significantly higher than the EU average. We prospectively evaluated the effect of socioeconomic position on patient...

    Authors: Zsófia Küronya, Georgina Fröhlich, Andrea Ladányi, Tamás Martin, Lajos Géczi, Fruzsina Gyergyai, Orsolya Horváth, Gergő Kiszner, Ágnes Kovács, Tamás Dienes, Enikő Lénárt, Krisztián Nagyiványi, Tibor Szarvas, Mihály Szőnyi, Attila Tóth and Krisztina Biró

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:1707

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  8. Health equity differs from the concept of health inequality by taking into consideration the fairness of an inequality. Inequities may be culturally specific, based on social relations within a society. Measur...

    Authors: Christopher Carroll, Katie Evans, Khalifa Elmusharaf, Patrick O’Donnell, Anne Dee, Diarmuid O’Donovan and Marie Casey

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:1705

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  9. The Covid-19 pandemic has led to substantial and unexpected increases in morbidity and mortality in France. Vulnerable populations housed in accommodation centres have a greater risk of infection because colle...

    Authors: Ismaïl Alsaïdi, Frédéric De Sousa Santos, Bérengère Plard, Elise Janvier, Aurélie Tinland, Abdelmajid Hafni and Emilie Mosnier

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:1704

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  10. Colorectal cancer (CRC) is a leading cause of cancer burden worldwide. In France, it is the second most common cause of cancer death after lung cancer. Systematic uptake of CRC screening can improve survival r...

    Authors: Marie-Anne Durand, Aurore Lamouroux, Niamh M. Redmond, Michel Rotily, Aurélie Bourmaud, Anne-Marie Schott, Isabelle Auger-Aubin, Adèle Frachon, Catherine Exbrayat, Christian Balamou, Laëtitia Gimenez, Pascale Grosclaude, Nora Moumjid, Julie Haesebaert, Helene Delattre Massy, Julia Bardes…

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:1684

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  11. The aim of this study was to examine the interaction of a multitude of socio-economic, lifestyle, environmental, psychosocial and birth related determinants and their effect on maternal health four weeks after...

    Authors: Veronika Pinker, Susanne Brandstetter, Christina Tischer, Birgit Seelbach-Göbel, Michael Melter, Michael Kabesch and Christian Apfelbacher

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:1676

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  12. Participatory research offers a promising approach to addressing health inequities and improving the social determinants of health for diverse populations of adolescents. However, little research has systemati...

    Authors: April K. Wilhelm, Maria Schwedhelm, Martha Bigelow, Nicole Bates, Mikow Hang, Luis Ortega, Shannon Pergament and Michele L. Allen

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:1615

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  13. Numerous studies have demonstrated a strong link between child maltreatment and subsequent youth offending, leading to calls for early intervention initiatives. However, there have been few whole-population st...

    Authors: Vincent Yaofeng He, Bernard Leckning, Catia Malvaso, Tamika Williams, Leanne Liddle and Steven Guthridge

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:1600

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  14. Malaria in pregnancy is a crucial public health concern due to the enormous risk it poses to maternal and newborn health. The World Health Organisation therefore recommends insecticide-treated net (ITN) for pr...

    Authors: Edward Kwabena Ameyaw

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:1592

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  15. Improved understanding of barriers to HIV testing is important for reaching the first of the UNAIDS 90–90-90 targets, which states that 90% of HIV positive individuals ought to know their HIV status. This stud...

    Authors: Sean Jooste, Musawenkosi Mabaso, Myra Taylor, Alicia North, Yolande Shean and Leickness Chisamu Simbayi

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:1591

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  16. Antenatal care (ANC) is one of the four pillars of the initiative for safe motherhood. ANC helps to improve the health of pregnant women and reduce the risk of adverse pregnancy outcome. First ANC is used to k...

    Authors: Daniel Gashaneh Belay, Fantu Mamo Aragaw, Denekew Tenaw Anley, Yibeltal Shitu Tegegne, Kassahun Alemu Gelaye and Zemenu Tadesse Tessema

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:1570

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  17. Poor access to health care providers was among the contributing factors to less prompt and ineffective malaria treatment. This limitation could cause severe diseases in remote areas. This study examined the su...

    Authors: Mara Ipa, Agung Dwi Laksono, Endang Puji Astuti, Heni Prasetyowati, Firda Yanuar Pradani, Joni Hendri, Andri Ruliansyah, Henry Surendra and Iqbal R. F. Elyazar

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:1548

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  18. Falls are a frequent health problem with potentially severe consequences among the elderly. Due to the aging HIV population, there is a growing interest in falls as a geriatric syndrome in HIV research and cli...

    Authors: Jochen Drewes, Jennifer Ebert, Phil C. Langer, Dieter Kleiber and Burkhard Gusy

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:1544

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  19. Studies have examined functional disability among older adults by combining Activities of Daily Living (ADL) and Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADL). This study adds another dimension to ADL and IAD...

    Authors: Ratna Patel, Shobhit Srivastava, Pradeep Kumar, Shekhar Chauhan, Mani Deep Govindu and David Jean Simon

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:1541

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  20. Antenatal psychosocial vulnerability is a main concern in today’s perinatal health care setting. Undetected psychosocially vulnerable pregnant women and their unborn child are at risk for unfavourable health o...

    Authors: Kelly Amuli, Kim Decabooter, Florence Talrich, Anne Renders and Katrien Beeckman

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:1522

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  21. Physicians do not prescribe opioid analgesics for pain treatment equally across groups, and such disparities may pose significant public health concerns. Although research suggests that institutional constrain...

    Authors: Lisa A. Keister, Chad Stecher, Brian Aronson, William McConnell, Joshua Hustedt and James W. Moody

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:1518

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  22. As a further extension of smoke-free laws in indoor public places and workplaces, the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s declaration to propose a regulation that would make housing units smoke-free ...

    Authors: Panagis Galiatsatos, Alexandria Soybel, Mandeep Jassal, Sergio Axel Perez Cruz, Caroline Spartin, Katie Shaw, Jodi Cunningham and Norma Fox Kanarek

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:1514

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  23. Community interventions are often promoted as a way of reducing loneliness and social isolation in our neighbourhoods. However, those community interventions are rarely examined within rigorous study designs. ...

    Authors: Michelle H. Lim, Pamela Qualter, Alexandra Hennessey, Ben J. Smith, Taylah Argent and Julianne Holt-Lunstad

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:1510

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  24. In Burkina Faso, gender inequality prevents women from meeting their reproductive needs, leading to high rates of unintended pregnancies, abortions and deaths. Evidence shows that empowering women may increase...

    Authors: Sylvain Y. M. Some, Christy Pu and Song-Lih Huang

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:1498

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  25. Anemia is one of the world’s public health problem, especially in developing nations. The majority of women of childbearing age (15–49) are affected by anemia. Women’s role in the decision-making process is si...

    Authors: Fentanesh Nibret Tiruneh, Degnet Teferi Asres, Mesfin Wogayehu Tenagashaw and Hirut Assaye

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:1497

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  26. The BETTER (Building on Existing Tools to Improve Chronic Disease Prevention and Screening in Primary Care) intervention was designed to integrate the approach to chronic disease prevention and screening in pr...

    Authors: A. K. Lofters, M. A. O’Brien, R. Sutradhar, A. D. Pinto, N. N. Baxter, P. Donnelly, R. Elliott, R. H. Glazier, J. Huizinga, R. Kyle, D. Manca, M. A. Pietrusiak, L. Rabeneck, B. Riordan, P. Selby, K. Sivayoganathan…

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:1496

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  27. Unacceptably high levels of childhood malnutrition have been registered in all regions of Uganda over the years. Buhweju district alone contributed 46% prevalence of childhood malnutrition to the 47.8% estimat...

    Authors: Catherine N. Abaasa, Godfrey Zari Rukundo, Savino Ayesiga, Susan Pearl Atukunda, Susan Campisi, Shawna O’Hearn and Noni MacDonald

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:1495

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  28. Retention in HIV care contributes to antiretroviral therapy adherence, which is a key factor for improved treatment outcomes and prevention of drug resistance. However, HIV treatment among the youths is charac...

    Authors: Moses Muwanguzi, Henry Mark Lugobe, Elastus Ssemwanga, Allan Phillip Lule, Elizabeth Atwiine, Vincent Kirabira, Ann K. Stella, Scholastic Ashaba and Godfrey Zari Rukundo

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:1489

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  29. Patient attitudes about health and healthcare have emerged as important outcomes to assess in clinical studies. Gender is increasingly recognized as an intersectional social construct that may influence health...

    Authors: Christina P. Tadiri, Teresa Gisinger, Alexandra Kautzky-Willer, Karolina Kublickiene, Maria Trinidad Herrero, Colleen M. Norris, Valeria Raparelli and Louise Pilote

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:1488

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  30. Adolescent childbearing is associated with various health risks to the mother and child, and potentially with adverse socioeconomic outcomes. However, little is known about the role of adolescent childbearing ...

    Authors: Biplab K. Datta, Muhammad J. Husain and Deliana Kostova

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:1481

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  31. During public health emergencies, people with opioid use disorder (PWOUD) may be particularly impacted. Emergent disasters such as the COVID-19 pandemic disrupt already-strained harm reduction efforts and trea...

    Authors: Rita Henderson, Ashley McInnes, Leslee Mackey, Myles Bruised Head, Lindsay Crowshoe, Jessica Hann, Jake Hayward, Brian R. Holroyd, Eddy Lang, Bonnie Larson, Ashley Jane Leonard, Steven Persaud, Khalil Raghavji, Chris Sarin, Hakique Virani, Iskotoahka William Wadsworth…

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:1471

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  32. Community engagement and volunteering are essential for the public response to COVID-19. Since March 2020 a large number of people in the UK have been regularly doing unpaid activities to benefit others beside...

    Authors: Guanlan Mao, Maria Fernandes-Jesus, Evangelos Ntontis and John Drury

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:1470

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  33. American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) populations have been disproportionately affected by chronic respiratory diseases for reasons incompletely understood. Past research into disease disparity using populatio...

    Authors: Kimberly G. Laffey, Alfreda D. Nelson, Matthew J. Laffey, Quynh Nguyen, Lincoln R. Sheets and Adam G. Schrum

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:1466

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  34. Increasingly, strength-based approaches to health and wellbeing interventions with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians are being explored. This is a welcome counter to deficit-based initiatives w...

    Authors: Alison Brown, Fiona Mensah, Graham Gee, Yin Paradies, Samantha French, Lea Waters, Kerry Arabena, Gregory Armstrong, Jan Nicholson, Stephanie J. Brown, Kelsey Hegarty, Rebecca Ritte, Kristy Meiselbach and Margaret Kelaher

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:1451

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  35. With 8,82,000 deaths in the under-five period, India observed varied intra-state and inter-regional differences across infant and child mortality in 2018. However, scarce literature is present to capture this ...

    Authors: Ronak Paul, Rashmi Rashmi and Shobhit Srivastava

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:1436

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  36. Food insecurity and other social determinants of health are increasingly being measured at routine health care visits. Understanding the needs and behaviors of individuals or families who screen positive for f...

    Authors: Ashley R. Banks, Bethany A. Bell, David Ngendahimana, Milen Embaye, Darcy A. Freedman and Deena J. Chisolm

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:1410

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  37. Given the potential of intersectionality to identify the causes of inequalities, there is a growing tendency toward applying it in the field of health. Nevertheless, the extent of the application of intersecti...

    Authors: Elham Ghasemi, Reza Majdzadeh, Fatemeh Rajabi, AbouAli Vedadhir, Reza Negarandeh, Ensiyeh Jamshidi, Amirhossein Takian and Zahra Faraji

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:1407

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  38. There is inconsistent evidence on the associations of education and work status with alcohol use during pregnancy. Our aim was to examine the associations of education and work status with alcohol use and alco...

    Authors: Keiko Murakami, Taku Obara, Mami Ishikuro, Fumihiko Ueno, Aoi Noda and Shinichi Kuriyama

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:1400

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  39. Epidemiological surveillance data indicate that a majority of HIV-infected in the United States (U.S.) military are African-Americans and men who have sex with men. There is limited research about barriers to ...

    Authors: Joseph M. Yabes Jr, Phillip W. Schnarrs, Leroy B. Foster Jr, Paul T. Scott, Jason F. Okulicz and Shilpa Hakre

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:1399

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  40. Female sex workers in sub-Saharan Africa face high unmet need for family planning and higher risk for unintended pregnancy. Community empowerment HIV prevention approaches have the potential to increase family...

    Authors: S. Wilson Beckham, Melissa Stockton, Noya Galai, Wendy Davis, Jessie Mwambo, Samuel Likindikoki and Deanna Kerrigan

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:1377

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  41. The COVID-19 related lockdown and home confinement might have an important impact on the quality of life in enterprise workers. We investigated the quality of life during the epidemic in enterprise workers who...

    Authors: Xiaoxiao Chen, Qian Xu, Haijiang Lin, Jianfu Zhu, Yue Chen, Qi Zhao, Chaowei Fu and Na Wang

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:1370

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  42. Body mass index (BMI) is an accepted measurement that is widely used to quantify overweight and obesity at the population level. Previous studies have described the distribution variation of BMI through applyi...

    Authors: Weihua Wang, Lin Qiu, Rina Sa, Shaonong Dang, Feng Liu and Xiang Xiao

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:1369

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  43. Assessment health literacy in people with cardiovascular health problems would facilitate the development of appropriate health strategies for the care and reduction of complications associated with oral antic...

    Authors: Ana Cristina Cabellos-García, Antonio Martínez-Sabater, Miguel Ángel Díaz-Herrera, Vicente Gea-Caballero and Enrique Castro-Sánchez

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:1363

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  44. Individuals may use unhealthy coping mechanisms such as alcohol, tobacco, and unhealthy snack consumption. The purpose of this study was to assess how neighborhood disadvantage is associated with sales of alco...

    Authors: Lauren A. Wallace, Rajib Paul, Shafie Gholizadeh, Wlodek Zadrozny, Caitlan Webster, Melanie Mayfield and Elizabeth F. Racine

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:1361

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  45. Anaemia is a global health concern and is also a common comorbidity in multiple medical conditions. Very limited research is available examining anaemia among family members in India and across various countri...

    Authors: Pradeep Kumar, Shekhar Chauhan, Ratna Patel and Shobhit Srivastava

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2021 21:1341

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