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Health information systems

Section edited by Neville Calleja and Nicole Rosenkötter

This section welcomes original and review manuscripts, and commentaries focusing on the description, development and assessment of health information systems and HIS approaches at local, regional, national and international level. Many definitions on a health information system exist; in this section we will use a broad description: a health information system can be defined as the total of resources, stakeholders, activities and outputs enabling evidence-informed health policy-making.

  1. The COVID-19 mortality rate in Belgium has been ranked among the highest in the world. To assess the appropriateness of the country’s COVID-19 mortality surveillance, that includes long-term care facilities de...

    Authors: Natalia Bustos Sierra, Nathalie Bossuyt, Toon Braeye, Mathias Leroy, Isabelle Moyersoen, Ilse Peeters, Aline Scohy, Johan Van der Heyden, Herman Van Oyen and Françoise Renard

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2020 78:117

    Content type: Research

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  2. As compared to other regions of the world, Sub Saharan Africa (SSA) is the region with the highest neonatal mortality and is the region showing the least progress in the reduction of newborn death. Despite bet...

    Authors: Tadesse Tolossa, Ginenus Fekadu, Belayneh Mengist, Diriba Mulisa, Getahun Fetensa and Daniel Bekele

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2020 78:114

    Content type: Systematic review

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  3. Depression is a chronic non communicable disease. It is a growing public health concern with established links with a number of co-morbidities, including diabetes mellitus. The study aimed to estimate the prev...

    Authors: Sarah Cuschieri and Julian Mamo

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2020 78:111

    Content type: Research

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  4. During the last decade, the European Union initiated several projects in the domains of public and environmental health. Within this framework, BRIDGE Health (Bridging Information and Data Generation for Evide...

    Authors: Madlen David, Gerda Schwedler, Lena Reiber, Hanna Tolonen, Anna-Maria Andersson, Marta Esteban López, Anke Joas, Miriam Schöpel, Alexandra Polcher and Marike Kolossa-Gehring

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2020 78:78

    Content type: Research

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  5. e-health literacy can facilitate the uptake of benefits of health for older adults. In this review, we aimed to tabulate the types and outcomes of the theory-based e-health interventions that had been applied ...

    Authors: Sara Pourrazavi, Kamiar Kouzekanani, Shahrzad Bazargan-Hejazi, Abdolreza Shaghaghi, Mina Hashemiparast, Zahra Fathifar and Hamid Allahverdipour

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2020 78:72

    Content type: Systematic review

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  6. Low back pain (LBP) is a public health concern and a leading cause of ill health. A high prevalence of musculoskeletal complaints has been reported for Malta, a small European state. The aim was to estimate fo...

    Authors: Sarah Cuschieri, Grant M. A. Wyper, Neville Calleja, Vanessa Gorasso and Brecht Devleesschauwer

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2020 78:68

    Content type: Research

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  7. Major birth defects increase the risk of fetal death and pediatric hospitalization, which also impact on healthcare costs. Sociodemographic factors can drastically affect reproductive health and be used to dis...

    Authors: Suzana de Souza, Fernando Kenji Nampo and Cezar Rangel Pestana

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2020 78:61

    Content type: Research

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  8. The disability-adjusted life years (DALYs) summarize the burden of years of life lost (YLL) due to premature mortality and years lost due to disability (YLD). Our aim was to estimate the burden of ischemic hea...

    Authors: Laura Paalanen, Jaakko Reinikainen, Tommi Härkänen, Tiina Mattila, Tiina Laatikainen, Pekka Jousilahti and Hanna Tolonen

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2020 78:58

    Content type: Research

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  9. Ministries of health in low- and middle-income countries often lack timely quality data for data-driven decision making in healthcare networks. We describe the design and implementation of decision-support ele...

    Authors: Diego Rios-Zertuche, Alvaro Gonzalez-Marmol, Francisco Millán-Velasco, Karla Schwarzbauer and Ignez Tristao

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2020 78:33

    Content type: Research

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  10. The availability of data generated from different sources is increasing with the possibility to link these data sources with each other. However, linked administrative data can be complex to use and may requir...

    Authors: Romana Haneef, Marie Delnord, Michel Vernay, Emmanuelle Bauchet, Rita Gaidelyte, Herman Van Oyen, Zeynep Or, Beatriz Pérez-Gómez, Luigi Palmieri, Peter Achterberg, Mariken Tijhuis, Metka Zaletel, Stefan Mathis-Edenhofer, Ondřej Májek, Håkon Haaheim, Hanna Tolonen…

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2020 78:55

    Content type: Methodology

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  11. Not only do people differ in their health, so do districts within municipalities. For example, city centres have different characteristics and health issues than villages or post-war neighbourhoods. This is wh...

    Authors: Ilse Storm, Nikkie Post, Antonia Verweij and Karlijn Leenaars

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2019 77:56

    Content type: Research

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  12. Health interview and examination surveys provide valuable information for policy, practice and research purposes. Appropriate use of high-quality, representative and timely population data can indirectly help ...

    Authors: Katri Kilpeläinen, Päivikki Koponen, Hanna Tolonen, Seppo Koskinen, Katja Borodulin and Mika Gissler

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2019 77:48

    Content type: Research

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  13. Prior studies have identified a decrease in ischaemic heart disease mortality during the recent economic recession. The Spanish population was severely affected by the Great Recession, however, there is little...

    Authors: Xavier Bartoll, Mercè Gotsens, Marc Marí-Dell’Olmo, Laia Palència, Montse Calvo, Santiago Esnaola and Carme Borrell

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2019 77:12

    Content type: Research

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  14. Access to trusted health information has contribution to improve maternal and child health outcomes. However, limited research to date has explored the perceptions of communities regarding credible messenger a...

    Authors: Shifera Asfaw, Sudhakar Morankar, Muluemebet Abera, Abebe Mamo, Lakew Abebe, Nicole Bergen, Manisha A. Kulkarni and Ronald Labonté

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2019 77:8

    Content type: Research

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  15. The European Core Health Indicators (ECHI) are a key source of comparable health information for the European Union (EU) and its Member States (MS). The ECHI shortlist contains 88 indicators which were develop...

    Authors: Angela Fehr, Mariken J. Tijhuis, Sabrina Hense, Dominika Urbanski, Peter Achterberg and Thomas Ziese

    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2018 76:52

    Content type: Research

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