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Health information systems

Section edited by Neville Calleja, Romana Haneef, Chee Wei Tan, Damir Ivanković and Ana Claudia Morais Godoy Figueiredo

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. Participation rates in health surveys, recognized as an important quality dimension, have been declining over the years, which may affect representativeness and confidence in results. The Portuguese national h...

    Authors: Heidi Lyshol, Ana Paula Gil, Hanna Tolonen, Sónia Namorado, Irina Kislaya, Marta Barreto, Liliana Antunes, Vânia Gaio, Ana João Santos, Ana Paula Rodrigues and Carlos Matias Dias
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2022 80:198
  2. In Europe, data on population health is fragmented, difficult to access, project-based and prone to health information inequalities in terms of availability, accessibility and especially in quality between and...

    Authors: Rodrigo Sarmiento-Suárez, Alicia Padron-Monedero, Petronille Bogaert, Linda Abboud, Herman Van Oyen, Hanna Tolonen, Mariken Tijhuis, Stefanie Seeling, Romana Haneef, Metka Zaletel, Luigi Palmieri, Anne Gallay, Luís Velez Lapão, Paulo Nogueira, Thomas Ziese, Jakov Vukovic…
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2022 80:139
  3. Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are major and growing burden on population health and the use and cost of healthcare in EU Member States and beyond. Different countries face many common challenges in public h...

    Authors: Magdalena Stepien, Ingrid Keller, Marianne Takki and Sandra Caldeira
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2022 80:131
  4. The General Data Protection Regulation is a regulation in EU law on data protection and privacy in the European Union. We aimed to provide an overview of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) enablers ...

    Authors: Jakov Vukovic, Damir Ivankovic, Claudia Habl and Jelena Dimnjakovic
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2022 80:115
  5. In Belgium, current research on socio-economic inequalities in the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) crisis has mainly focused on excess mortality and data from the first epidemiological wave. The current st...

    Authors: Marjan Meurisse, Adrien Lajot, Brecht Devleesschauwer, Dieter Van Cauteren, Herman Van Oyen, Laura Van den Borre and Ruben Brondeel
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2022 80:109

    The Correction to this article has been published in Archives of Public Health 2022 80:128

  6. Australians born in 2012 can expect to live about 33 years longer than those born 100 years earlier. However, only seven of these additional years are spent in the workforce. Longer life expectancy has driven ...

    Authors: Huong Dinh, Lyndall Strazdins, Tinh Doan, Thuy Do, Amelia Yazidjoglou and Cathy Banwell
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2022 80:104
  7. Evidence suggests an increasing demand for culturally and linguistically responsive disease prevention programs and health interventions. It is important to understand how individuals seek health information t...

    Authors: Dietmar Ausserhofer, Wolfgang Wiedermann, Ulrich Becker, Anna Vögele, Giuliano Piccoliori, Christian J. Wiedermann and Adolf Engl
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2022 80:87
  8. Large scale observational studies are crucial to study thyroid cancer incidence and management, known to vary in time and place. Combining cancer registry data with other data sources enables execution of popu...

    Authors: Brigitte Decallonne, Bérengère Snyers, Nathalie Elaut, Bernard Peene, Julie Verbeeck, Annick Van den Bruel and Harlinde De Schutter
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2022 80:77
  9. Skin cancer is among the most common cancer types with an increasing global trend of incidence rate. This study explores the spatial distribution of skin cancer, considering body sites exposed and not exposed ...

    Authors: Behzad Kiani, Parinaz Tabari, Alireza Mohammadi, Sayyed Mostafa Mostafavi, Mohsen Moghadami, Mitra Amini and Abbas Rezaianzadeh
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2022 80:35
  10. Non-Communicable diseases (NCD) are the main contributors to mortality and burden of disease. There is no infrastructure in Europe that could provide health information (HI) on Public Health monitoring and Hea...

    Authors: Alicia Padron-Monedero, Rodrigo Sarmiento Suárez, Petronille Bogaert, Linda Abboud, Herman Van Oyen, Hanna Tolonen, Mariken J. Tijhuis, Luigi Palmieri, Romana Haneef, Anne Gallay, Luis Lapao, Paulo Jorge Nogueira, Thomas Ziese, Stefanie Seeling, Jakov Vukovic and Isabel Noguer-Zambrano
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2022 80:29
  11. Health information (HI) strategies exist in several EU Member States, however, they mainly focus on technical issues and improving governance rather than on content-related priority setting. There is also litt...

    Authors: Angela Fehr, Stefanie Seeling, Anselm Hornbacher, Martin Thißen, Petronille Bogaert, Marie Delnord, Ronan A. Lyons, Mariken J. Tijhuis, Peter Achterberg and Thomas Ziese
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2022 80:25
  12. Research networks offer multidisciplinary expertise and promote information exchange between researchers across Europe. They are essential for the European Union’s (EU) health information system as providers o...

    Authors: Brigid Unim, Elsi Haverinen, Eugenio Mattei, Flavia Carle, Andrea Faragalli, Rosaria Gesuita, Martin Thissen, Linda Abboud, Tiziana Grisetti, Petronille Bogaert and Luigi Palmieri
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2022 80:23
  13. Health-related data are collected from a variety of sources for different purposes, including secondary use for population health monitoring (HM) and health system performance assessment (HSPA). Most of these ...

    Authors: Brigid Unim, Eugenio Mattei, Flavia Carle, Hanna Tolonen, Enrique Bernal-Delgado, Peter Achterberg, Metka Zaletel, Stefanie Seeling, Romana Haneef, Anne-Charlotte Lorcy, Herman Van Oyen and Luigi Palmieri
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2022 80:17

    The Correction to this article has been published in Archives of Public Health 2022 80:51

  14. Migrants in Norway bear a higher burden of COVID-19 infections and hospitalization as compared to non-migrants. The aim of our study was to understand how migrants perceive their own health risk, how they acce...

    Authors: Ahmed A. Madar, Pierina Benavente, Elżbieta Czapka, Raquel Herrero-Arias, Jasmin Haj-Younes, Wegdan Hasha, George Deeb, Kathy A. Møen, Gaby Ortiz-Barreda and Esperanza Diaz
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2022 80:15
  15. Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) emerged in late 2019, with the first case identified in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China, on 12 December 2019. In order to perceive the comprehensive impact of this pandemi...

    Authors: Hashim Talib Hashim, Ahed El Abed El Rassoul, John Bchara, Attaullah Ahmadi and Don Eliseo Lucero-Prisno III
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2022 80:8
  16. Health reporting shall provide up-to-date health-related data to inform policy-makers, researchers and the public. To this end, health reporting formats should be tailored to the needs and competencies of the ...

    Authors: Martin Thissen, Stefanie Seeling, Peter Achterberg, Angela Fehr, Luigi Palmieri, Mariken J. Tijhuis, Brigid Unim and Thomas Ziese
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2021 79:229
  17. Health indicators are used to monitor the health status and determinants of health of the population and population sub-groups, identify existing or emerging health problems which would require prevention and ...

    Authors: Hanna Tolonen, Jaakko Reinikainen, Päivikki Koponen, Hanna Elonheimo, Luigi Palmieri and Mariken J. Tijhuis
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2021 79:208
  18. Co-infection between hepatitis B virus (HBV) and hepatitis delta virus (HDV) causes the severest chronic hepatitis and is associated with a high risk of cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). The Global...

    Authors: Tomoyuki Hayashi, Yumie Takeshita, Yvan J.-F. Hutin, Hande Harmanci, Philippa Easterbrook, Sarah Hess, Judith van Holten, Ena Oghenekaro Oru, Shuichi Kaneko, Cihan Yurdaydin and Marc Bulterys
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2021 79:180
  19. The use of machine learning techniques is increasing in healthcare which allows to estimate and predict health outcomes from large administrative data sets more efficiently. The main objective of this study wa...

    Authors: Romana Haneef, Sofiane Kab, Rok Hrzic, Sonsoles Fuentes, Sandrine Fosse-Edorh, Emmanuel Cosson and Anne Gallay
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2021 79:168
  20. The United Nations acknowledged diabetes as an epidemic of the 21st century. Global trends demonstrate a continuing growth in its prevalence at approximately 2.5 % per year. The aim of the study was to analyse...

    Authors: Artur Kotwas, Beata Karakiewicz, Paulina Zabielska, Sylwia Wieder-Huszla and Anna Jurczak
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2021 79:110
  21. Understanding the relationship between breastfeeding (BF) and metabolic syndrome (Mets) is important for maternal long-term health benefits and disease prevention. This study aimed to examine the association b...

    Authors: Jusuk Lee and Taehong Kim
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2021 79:82
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. 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
  26. 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
  27. 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
  28. 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
  29. 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
  30. 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
  31. 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
  32. 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
  33. 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
  34. 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
  35. 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
  36. 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