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A systematic literature review of disability weights measurement studies: evolution of methodological choices

New Content ItemThe disability weight is an essential factor in estimating the healthy time that is lost due to living with a certain state of illness. A 2014 review showed a considerable variation in methods used to derive disability weights. Since then, several sets of disability weights have been developed. This systematic review aims to provide an updated and comparative overview of the methodological design choices and surveying techniques that have been used in disability weights measurement studies and how they evolved over time.


Do financial aspects affect care transitions in long-term care systems? A systematic review

New Content ItemSuboptimal care transitions of older adults may ultimately lead to worse quality of care and increased costs for the health and social care systems. Currently, policies and financing often focus on care in specific settings only, and neglect quality of care during transitions between these settings. Therefore, appropriate financing mechanisms and improved care coordination are necessary for effective care transitions. This study aims to review all available evidence on financial aspects that may have an impact on care transitions in LTC among older adults.


Measuring disability-adjusted life years (DALYs) due to COVID-19 in Scotland, 2020

New Content ItemDisability-adjusted life years (DALYs) combine the impact of morbidity and mortality and can enable comprehensive, and comparable, assessments of direct and indirect health harms due to COVID-19. This study aims to estimate DALYs directly due to COVID-19 in Scotland, during 2020; and contextualise its population impact relative to other causes of disease and injury.

Enablers and barriers to the secondary use of health data in Europe: general data protection regulation perspective

New Content ItemThe General Data Protection Regulation is a regulation in EU law on data protection and privacy in the European Union. This study aims to provide an overview of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) enablers and barriers to the secondary use of health data in Europe, as well as to provide an example of a national-level case study on experiences with secondary use of health data and GDPR on an example of the Austrian COVID-19 data platform.

Prevalence and correlates of current tobacco use and non-user susceptibility to using tobacco products among school-going adolescents in 22 African countries: a secondary analysis of the 2013-2018 global youth tobacco surveys

New Content ItemGlobally, tobacco use is considered a preventable risk factor for morbidity and mortality due to several non-communicable diseases. Although Africa, compared to other regions of the world, is less impacted by the current tobacco epidemic, it is expected to experience a significant growth in tobacco consumption. This study aims to examine the prevalence and associated factors of tobacco product use and non-users’ susceptibility to using tobacco products among school-going adolescents in 22 African countries. 

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Call for papers: Burden of disease

Burden of disease © © mthipsorn / Getty Images / iStockDriven by the impact of the Global Burden of Disease study, several researchers and health institutes have adopted the burden of disease approach to address questions such as 'What are the most prevalent diseases in a country?'. This collection aims to provide a platform for discussing methodological challenges and advances in the burden of disease approach.

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We are pleased to announce that Archives of Public Health is now indexed in PubMed, PubMed Central, and the Emerging Sources Citation Index (Web of Science). The journal also holds a CiteScore that ranks in the 88th percentile. 

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Aims and scope

Archives of Public Health is a broad scope public health journal, dedicated to publishing all sound science in the field of public health. The journal aims to better the understanding of the health of populations. The journal contributes to public health knowledge, enhances the interaction between research, policy and practice and stimulates public health monitoring and indicator development. The journal considers submissions on health outcomes and their determinants, with clear statements about the public health and policy implications. Archives of Public Health welcomes methodological papers (e.g., on study design and bias), papers on health services research, health economics, community interventions, and epidemiological studies dealing with international comparisons, the determinants of inequality in health, and the environmental, behavioural, social, demographic and occupational correlates of health and diseases.

Digital public health

© © PhotoPlus+ / stock.adobe.comIn recent years the world has seen a rapid expansion in the development and use of digital technologies. This cross-journal collection is interested in manuscripts that address digital (e-health) interventions and their applications in health care and public health. We are also interested in manuscripts that address the added value of e-health interventions with regard to usual care. 

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Editors-in-Chief
Herman Van Oyen, Epidemiology and public health, Sciensano, Belgium

Olivier Bruyère, Public Health, Epidemiology and Health Economics, University of Liège, Belgium

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About the society

Society logoThe Belgian Association of Public Health (BAPH) is a scientific organisation of research groups and institutions, health workers and policy makers who are active in the field of public health. The aims of the association are:

  • to increase the knowledge in different domains of public health
  • and to stimulate public health research

​​​​​​​Members of BAPH are entitled to a discounted article-processing charge when they publish in Archives of Public Health. To obtain the discount, members should contact the society before proceeding with submission of their article.

Herman Van Oyen, Editor-in-Chief

Herman is currently Director of the Directorate Epidemiology and public health in Sciensano, Brussels, Belgium. He is Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Ghent. Professor Van Oyen first worked as a medical doctor in Haiti before going on to study public health, epidemiology and biostatistics at the Johns Hopkins Bloomburg School of Public Health where he completed a DrPH. His key research interests include epidemiological methods, survey methodology, health inequality and summary measures of population health. He is author of more than 180 scientific publications, books and book chapters.

Olivier Bruyère, Editor-in-Chief

Olivier is currently Professor of Clinical Epidemiology in the Department of Public Health Sciences and of Geriatric Rehabilitation in the Department of Rehabilitation and Sport Sciences at the University of Liège in Belgium.  He is also head of the Research Unit in Public Health, Epidemiology and Health Economics at this University.  Professor Bruyère is the Chief Executive Officer of the European Society on Clinical and Economic Aspects of Osteoporosis and Osteoarthritis (ESCEO), President of the Belgian Ageing Muscle Society (BAMS), General Secretary of the Belgian Bone Club (BBC), member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) and is a member of the Group for the Respect of Ethics and Excellence in Sciences (GREES).  He also works as expert for the French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety (ANSES).  His main fields of interest are prevention, rehabilitation and pharmaco-epidemiology related to geriatric or rheumatic conditions.  He is Executive Editor of “Aging Clinical and Experimental Research”, Associate Editor of “BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders” and holds positions on the editorial board of various journals.  He is author of more than 250 international scientific publications and book chapters.

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