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Health services research

Section edited by: Pauline Adair, Peivand Bastani, Kenneth E Grech, Sandul Yasobant, Jay Pan, João Vasco Santos, Nader Ghotbi and Ali Nawaz Khan

This section welcomes original and review manuscripts focussing on smarter identification and better understanding of the most effective ways to organize, manage, finance and deliver care, reducing errors and health inequity and improving patients safety, outcome and experience. The section is particularly keen on receiving papers assessing integrated care delivered to people with multiple chronic conditions.

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  1. Lipid accumulation product (LAP) is considered to be a new convenient useful indicator to assess the visceral fat. Therefore, we aimed to evaluate the risk factors of impaired fasting glucose (IFG) and diabete...

    Authors: Li Shu, Yingying Zhao, Yanqi Shen, Linlin Jia and Jiaye Zhang
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2022 80:217
  2. Although quality postnatal care (PNC) is a known significant intervention for curbing maternal and newborn morbidity and mortality, it is underutilized in most developing countries including Rwanda. Thus, it i...

    Authors: Joseph Kawuki, Ghislaine Gatasi and Quraish Sserwanja
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2022 80:208
  3. China’s imbalanced allocation of healthcare resources mainly arises from urban–rural and intercity differences, the solution of which has been the goal of reforms during the past decades. Estimating the spatia...

    Authors: Yuqing Shen and Zesheng Sun
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2022 80:207
  4. As vaccine roll-out continues across the globe as part of the efforts to protect humanity against SARS-CoV-2, concerns are increasingly shifting to the duration of vaccine-induced immunity. Responses to these ...

    Authors: Isaac Yeboah Addo, Frederick Asankom Dadzie, Sylvester Reuben Okeke, Caleb Boadi and Elijah Frimpong Boadu
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2022 80:200
  5. The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has transitioned to a third phase and many variants have been originated. There has been millions of lives loss as well as billions in economic loss. The morbid...

    Authors: Myung-Bae Park and Chhabi Lal Ranabhat
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2022 80:197
  6. While medicalization and pharmaceuticalization trends of feelings of anxiety and depression have been described in great detail, an empirical examination of these trends is to date lacking. The current study f...

    Authors: Van Looy Kilian and Van de Velde Sarah
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2022 80:191
  7. During the fourth COVID-19 wave in Japan, marked differences became apparent in the scale of the epidemic between metropolitan Tokyo in eastern Japan and Osaka prefecture in western Japan.

    Authors: Hidenori Yasuda, Fuyu Ito, Ken-ichi Hanaki and Kazuo Suzuki
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2022 80:180

    The Correction to this article has been published in Archives of Public Health 2022 80:205

  8. Patients with substance use disorder (SUD) usually report lower quality of life (QoL) than other patients and as much as patients with other mental disorders. The present study investigated variables associate...

    Authors: Bahram Armoon, Marie-Josée Fleury, Amir-Hossien Bayat, Azadeh Bayani, Rasool Mohammadi and Mark D. Griffiths
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2022 80:179
  9. This study is to investigate the interaction of family support, transport cost (ex-post), and disabilities on health service seeking behavior among older people from the perspective of social ecological model.

    Authors: Bocong Yuan, Tong Zhang and Jiannan Li
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2022 80:173
  10. Since vaccination is the decisive factor for controlling the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important to understand the process of vaccination success which is not well understood on a global level. The study is the...

    Authors: Vu M. Ngo, Klaus F. Zimmermann, Phuc V. Nguyen, Toan L. D. Huynh and Huan H. Nguyen
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2022 80:171
  11. Underage smoking and drinking are public health issues in Vanuatu. This study aims to describe the behavior, knowledge, attitudes, and perceptions of parents, siblings, and peers regarding smoking and drinking...

    Authors: Emi Nakaseko, Sayaka Kotera and Minato Nakazawa
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2022 80:170
  12. Access to routine antenatal and perinatal services is improved in the last two decades in Nepal. However, gaps remain in coverage and quality of care delivered from the health facilities. This study investigat...

    Authors: Resham B. Khatri, Jo Durham and Yibeltal Assefa
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2022 80:162
  13. COVID-19 has become a public health concern globally with increased numbers of cases of the disease and deaths reported daily. The key strategy for the prevention of COVID-19 disease is to enhance mass COVID-1...

    Authors: Joachim O. Osur, Rehema Chengo, Evelyne Muinga, Jackline Kemboi, Myriam Sidibe and Maggie Rarieya
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2022 80:159
  14. The practice of Pharmacists has changed worldwide over the past years. Today, health promotion is better known as an important part of modern pharmacy practice. Involving Community Pharmacists in health promot...

    Authors: Amon Nsengimana, Emmanuel Biracyaza, Jean Claude Hategekimana, Jacques Tuyishimire, John Nyiligira and Eugène Rutembesa
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2022 80:157
  15. Epigenetic changes, especially DNA methylation have a main role in regulating cardiometabolic disorders and their risk factors. This study provides a review of the current evidence on the association between m...

    Authors: Zahra Barouti, Motahar Heidari-Beni, Anahita Shabanian-Boroujeni, Morteza Mohammadzadeh, Vida Pahlevani, Parnian Poursafa, Fatemeh Mohebpour and Roya Kelishadi
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2022 80:150
  16. The Internet has become an important virtual venue for men who have sex with men to seek sexual partners, with a high potential threat to spread sexually transmitted infections (STIs). However, the online sex-...

    Authors: Changchang Li, Weiming Tang, Hung Chak Ho, Peizhen Zhao, Lei Chen, Yajie Wang, Mingzhou Xiong, Bin Yang, Heping Zheng and Cheng Wang
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2022 80:149
  17. Hand hygiene compliance by health care workers (HCWs) is pivotal in controlling and preventing health care associated infections. The aim of this interventional study is to assess the long-term impact of perso...

    Authors: Ilana Livshiz-Riven, Hovav Azulay, Leonid Koyfman, Alex Gushanski, Seada Askira, Vered Ischa Abar, Benjamin F. Gruenbaum, Evgenia Ivanov, Moti Klein, Asaf Danziger, Ronit Nativ, Abraham Borer, Tomer Ziv-Baran and Evgeni Brotfain
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2022 80:141
  18. Justification of intimate partner violence (IPV) has several implications, including reduced likelihood of help-seeking, increased experiences episodes of partner abuses, and poor health status and outcomes. H...

    Authors: Collins Adu, Bernard Yeboah-Asiamah Asare, Williams Agyemang-Duah, Emmanuel Brenyah Adomako, Amma Kyewaa Agyekum and Prince Peprah
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2022 80:136
  19. Diabetes Self-Management Education (DSME) is a fundamental aspect of diabetes care, but no standard program exists in Thailand. Understanding current patterns of illness perceptions (concerns) and self-managem...

    Authors: Elisha Ngetich, Chanapat Pateekhum, Ahmar Hashmi, Iliatha Papachristou Nadal, Kanokporn Pinyopornpanish, Mike English, Orawan Quansri, Nutchanart Wichit, Sanjay Kinra and Chaisiri Angkurawaranon
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2022 80:134
  20. The InfAct (Information for Action) is a Joint Action of the European Commission’s 3rd Health Programme with the main goal to build an infrastructure of a health information system for a stronger European Unio...

    Authors: Verónica Gómez, Mafalda Sousa-Uva, Rita Roquette, Ana Cristina Garcia and Carlos Matias Dias
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2022 80:133
  21. Development of appropriateness indicators of medical interventions has become a major quality-of-care issue, especially in the domain of interventional cardiology (IC). The objective of this study was to devel...

    Authors: Florence Francis-Oliviero, Pierre Coste, Emilie Lesaine, Corinne Perez, François Casteigt, Jean-Marie Clerc, Nicolas Delarche, Akil Hassan, Bernard Larnaudie, Jean-Louis Leymarie, Louis-Rachid Salmi and Florence Saillour-Glenisson
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2022 80:132
  22. The Russian Federation has introduced a vertical large-scale program of ‘dispensarization’ (Program) that includes health check-ups and screenings for the entire adult population. It is expected to improve the...

    Authors: Igor Sheiman, Sergey Shishkin and Svetlana Sazhina
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2022 80:123
  23. SARS-CoV-2 is a novel coronavirus which has caused a global pandemic. Due to the lack of available treatment for COVID-19 infections, prevention plays the most important role in combating the virus. Educationa...

    Authors: Kathie Sarzyńska, Eddie Czwojdziński, Amadeusz Kuźniarski, Sadri Rayad, Agnieszka Piwowar and Beata Jankowska-Polańska
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2022 80:122
  24. Our study examined 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.

    Authors: Peter Bai James, Abdulai Jawo Bah, John Alimamy Kabba, Said Abasse Kassim and Philip Ayizem Dalinjong
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2022 80:121
  25. According to available evidence, only 15% of young women in sub-Saharan Africa know their Human immune deficiency virus (HIV) status. Despite a high prevalence of HIV infection among adolescents and young wome...

    Authors: Misganaw Gebrie Worku, Achamyeleh Birhanu Teshale and Getayeneh Antehunegn Tesema
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2022 80:117
  26. Despite controversy over their possible health consequences, manufacturers of e-cigarettes employ a variety of marketing media to increase their popularity among adolescents. This study analyzed the relationsh...

    Authors: Man Hung, Andrew Spencer, Clarissa Goh, Eric S. Hon, Val Joseph Cheever, Frank W. Licari, Ryan Moffat, Ben Raymond and Martin S. Lipsky
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2022 80:114
  27. The COVID-19 outbreak has taken a heavy toll on the mental well-being of healthcare workers, even those who have not been directly involved in the care of acutely ill patients. The aims of this study were to i...

    Authors: Peter Borusiak, Yuliya Mazheika, Susanne Bauer, Edda Haberlandt, Ilona Krois, Christian Fricke, Liane Simon, Petra Beschoner, Lucia Jerg-Bretzke, Franziska Geiser, Nina Hiebel, Kerstin Weidner, Christian Albus, Eva Morawa and Yesim Erim
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2022 80:113
  28. The long-term care workforce is an essential factor in the provision of qualified long-term care services. Identifying workforce issues can help developing countries in East Asia and the Pacific prepare for th...

    Authors: Hyo Young Lee, Stephanie Short, Mi-Joung Lee, Yun-Hee Jeon, Eunok Park and Young-Ran Chin
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2022 80:112
  29. Harm reduction is an accumulation of strategies aimed at preventing adverse health outcomes associated with illicit substance use. Several harm reduction programs and services exist within Los Angeles County (...

    Authors: Thomas Kalinoski, Cassandra DeWitt and Hrishikesh Belani
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2022 80:110
  30. Despite global guidance for maintaining essential non-Covid health services during the pandemic, there is a concern that existing services faced a major disruption. The access as well as affordability of healt...

    Authors: Samir Garg, Kirtti Kumar Bebarta and Narayan Tripathi
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2022 80:108
  31. Campylobacter spp. are one of the most frequent causes of diarrhoeal disease in humans throughout the world. This study aimed at determining the prevalence and the genotypic distribution of Campylobacter spp. and...

    Authors: Amidou Samie, Resoketswe Charlotte Moropeng, Nicoline Fri Tanih, Rebecca Dillingham, Richard Guerrant and Pascal Obong Bessong
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2022 80:107
  32. Disability-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. Our aim was t...

    Authors: Grant M. A. Wyper, Eilidh Fletcher, Ian Grant, Gerry McCartney, Colin Fischbacher, Oliver Harding, Hannah Jones, Maria Teresa de Haro Moro, Niko Speybroeck, Brecht Devleesschauwer and Diane L. Stockton
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2022 80:105
  33. Scientific evidence is the basis for improving public health; decision-making without sufficient attention to evidence may lead to unpleasant consequences. Despite efforts to create comprehensive guidelines an...

    Authors: Tahereh Shafaghat, Peivand Bastani, Mohammad Hasan Imani Nasab, Mohammad Amin Bahrami, Mahsa Roozrokh Arshadi Montazer, Mohammad Kazem Rahimi Zarchi and Sisira Edirippulige
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2022 80:96
  34. As a multi-ethnic country, the US is increasingly concerned about ethnic minorities facing disproportionate health risks of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. This study attempted to provide a m...

    Authors: Jiannan Li, Xinmeng Wang and Bocong Yuan
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2022 80:93
  35. Suboptimal 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 spe...

    Authors: Estera Wieczorek, Ewa Kocot, Silvia Evers, Christoph Sowada and Milena Pavlova
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2022 80:90
  36. Physical activity is required to maintain health; however, resources needed for physical activity (e.g. facilities, instructors, and programmes) are scarce for persons with disabilities (PWD), particularly tho...

    Authors: Jiyoung Park, Dongheon Kang and Seon-Deok Eun
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2022 80:86
  37. UV radiation is a significant risk factor for non-melanoma skin cancer (NMSC). Ethnic Germans (resettlers) who immigrated to Germany from the former Soviet Union may have had a relatively high UV light exposur...

    Authors: Evgenia Markeeva-Ilisevic, Bernd Holleczek, Heiko Becher and Volker Winkler
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2022 80:85
  38. Compassionate respectful, and caring (CRC) creates a pleasant environment for health workforce (HWF), customers, and families. For the past five years, the Ethiopian Ministry of Health (EMoH) has developed a C...

    Authors: Kemal Jemal, Assegid Samuel, Abiyu Geta, Fantanesh Desalegn, Lidia Gebru, Tezera Tadele, Ewnetu Genet, Mulugeta Abate and Nebiyou Tafesse
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2022 80:84
  39. Work in the health and social care services (HSS) is very stressful and sickness absences are high. Nevertheless, little is known about their work stressors and work ability. The first aim of this study is to ...

    Authors: Kirsikka Selander, Risto Nikunlaakso and Jaana Laitinen
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2022 80:83
  40. While divorce is a social determinant of health among married immigrants in Korea, its association with access to healthcare services is unclear. Given the rapid increase in the number of married immigrants in...

    Authors: Suyeong Bae, James E. Graham, Sanghun Nam and Ickpyo Hong
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2022 80:81
  41. Lebanon ranks first amongst Middle-Eastern countries in terms of cigarette and waterpipe smoking. Understanding the mediating factors for nicotine addiction in adolescents who have experienced parental divorce...

    Authors: Elie Bou Sanayeh, Katia Iskandar, Marie-Claude Fadous Khalife, Sahar Obeid and Souheil Hallit
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2022 80:79
  42. Waist circumference (WC) increases more than body mass index (BMI) over time. This study investigated the change in WC among middle-aged and elderly Japanese people for 10 years, and its relationship with life...

    Authors: Haruko Ono, Kotomi Akahoshi and Michiaki Kai
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2022 80:75
  43. Persons living with HIV infection (PLHIV) who are diagnosed in community settings in sub-Saharan Africa are particularly vulnerable to barriers to care that prevent or delay many from obtaining antiretroviral ...

    Authors: Duncan MacKellar, Thabo Hlophe, Dawud Ujamaa, Sherri Pals, Makhosazana Dlamini, Lenhle Dube, Chutima Suraratdecha, Daniel Williams, Johnita Byrd, James Tobias, Phumzile Mndzebele, Stephanie Behel, Ishani Pathmanathan, Sikhathele Mazibuko, Endale Tilahun and Caroline Ryan
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2022 80:74
  44. Vocational rehabilitation programs (VRP) developing and improving work ability are used in Denmark to assist long-term unemployed citizens with complex problems. The aims of this study were to (1) describe VRP...

    Authors: Lotte Nygaard Andersen, Mette Jensen Stochkendahl and Kirsten K. Roessler
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2022 80:73
  45. The role played by large-scale repetitive SARS-CoV-2 screening programs within university populations interacting continuously with an urban environment, is unknown. Our objective was to develop a model capabl...

    Authors: Vincent Denoël, Olivier Bruyère, Gilles Louppe, Fabrice Bureau, Vincent D’orio, Sébastien Fontaine, Laurent Gillet, Michèle Guillaume, Éric Haubruge, Anne-Catherine Lange, Fabienne Michel, Romain Van Hulle, Maarten Arnst, Anne-Françoise Donneau and Claude Saegerman
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2022 80:71
  46. On the account of limited doses of COVID-19 available to the country, the Government of Ghana created a priority list of persons to target for its vaccination agenda. In this paper, we look at trust and how it...

    Authors: Joshua Amo-Adjei, Anastasiia Nurzhynska, Ruth Essuman and Anna-Leena Lohiniva
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2022 80:64
  47. In low-and-middle income countries (LMICs) less attention is paid to men’s involvement in Family Planning (FP) programs where public health officials have advocated the involvement of men as a strategy for add...

    Authors: Senanu Abigail Kpekpo Kwawukume, Alexander Suuk Laar and Tanko Abdulai
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2022 80:63
  48. For community health workers (CHWs) and promotores de salud (CHWs who primarily serve Latinx communities and are grounded in a social, rather than a clinical model of care), the process of certification highlight...

    Authors: Ashley Kissinger, Shakira Cordova, Ann Keller, Jane Mauldon, Lori Copan and Claire Snell Rood
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2022 80:61
  49. This short communication paper aimed to compile the main determinants of inequality in dental services by distinguishing between access, utilisation, and provision of dental services. Recent findings integrate...

    Authors: Arash Ghanbarzadegan, Peivand Bastani, Madhan Balasubramanian, David Brennan and Lisa Jamieson
    Citation: Archives of Public Health 2022 80:60