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International Journal of Public Health

Natan Feter, Tiago Silva Dos Santos, Eduardo Lucia Caputo, Marcelo Cozzensa da Silva
OBJECTIVES: To identify and evaluate the effect of interventions that used cell phones as a means to promote physical activity (PA). METHODS: The databases searched were MedLine/PubMed, Scopus, SPORTDiscus, PsycINFO, Science Direct, Lilacs, and SciELO. After removing duplicates, applying exclusion criteria, and checking the reference lists, 45 studies were reviewed. The Downs and Black (D&B) scale measured methodological quality, and a random effect model was used to compute the meta-analysis of PA by the reported unit (minutes per day or steps per day), delivery agent (application (APP), SMS, or other), and PA measurement (questionnaire, accelerometer, pedometer)...
February 13, 2019: International Journal of Public Health
Ernestina Coast, Samantha R Lattof, Joe Strong
OBJECTIVES: This study presents a scoping review of evidence relating to knowledge and experiences of puberty and menstruation among females aged 10-14 years in low- and middle-income countries. METHODS: Forty-four items from 12 countries were identified from a systematic scoping review and screening of 8083 items. Included studies were quality assessed. RESULTS: A majority (40/44) of studies used school-based samples, and fifteen studies reported on interventions...
February 10, 2019: International Journal of Public Health
Gabriel Gulis
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February 10, 2019: International Journal of Public Health
Joanna C Inchley
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 10, 2019: International Journal of Public Health
Andre Matthias Müller, Chuen Seng Tan, Anne H Y Chu, Rob Martinus van Dam, Falk Müller-Riemenschneider
OBJECTIVES: Examine the association between psychological variables and accelerometer-measured moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA) in urban Asians. METHODS: A population-based cross-sectional study was conducted in Singapore. Participants wore an accelerometer for 7 days to measure physical activity (PA). Demographic, anthropometric and psychological data were also collected. Psychological variables included PA guideline knowledge, motivational profile for PA self-regulation (5 subscales), perceived barriers to PA (4 subscales) and perceived social support for PA...
February 9, 2019: International Journal of Public Health
Piotr Białowolski, Dorota Węziak-Białowolska, Tyler J VanderWeele
OBJECTIVES: This study evaluated decisions related to debt and savings on physical health, emotional health and health behaviours. METHODS: The longitudinal data from the Polish biennial household panel-Social Diagnosis Survey-were used. Evidence for a link between credit/savings and health/health behaviours was presented using three waves of the data and an outcome-wide regression analysis. To circumvent endogeneity, variables temporally prior to exposure were used as controls...
February 8, 2019: International Journal of Public Health
Darius Erlangga, Shehzad Ali, Karen Bloor
OBJECTIVES: This study is the first rigorous evaluation of the impact of Jaminan Kesehatan Nasional (JKN) on improving access to outpatient and inpatient care, utilising longitudinal data from the Indonesian Family Life Survey. METHODS: Two treatment groups were identified: a contributory group (N = 982), who paid the premium voluntarily, and a subsidised group (N = 2503), paid by government. Each group was compared with the uninsured group (N = 8576)...
February 8, 2019: International Journal of Public Health
Thierry Gagné
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February 8, 2019: International Journal of Public Health
Liudmila Zasimova
OBJECTIVES: The study examined the smokers' non-compliance rates in indoor public places in Russia and the sociodemographic factors associated with non-compliance. METHODS: Univariate analysis and logistic regression models were performed using cross-sectional data from a representative sample of Russian adults (N = 4006). RESULTS: 27.2% of Russian smokers did not comply with smoke-free bans. Non-compliance was attributed to sociodemographic characteristics of smokers, mainly to the number of cigarettes smoked per day, regular alcohol consumption, being aged between 15 and 34 years, being in the highest income group and living in an urban area...
February 8, 2019: International Journal of Public Health
C Thomas Farrell, Zaiba Moledina, Madhuri Katta
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to identify whether suicidal ideation in low-income adolescents is influenced by social environment and social support. METHODS: We performed a growth curve model using a sample of 6687 low-income adolescents living in the Mobile, AL Metropolitan Statistical Area. The outcome for the present study was whether the participant had thought about suicide in the past 12 months. RESULTS: From 1998 to 2011, an average of 14...
February 2, 2019: International Journal of Public Health
Bettina Bringolf-Isler, Christian Schindler, Kees de Hoogh, Bengt Kayser, L Suzanne Suggs, Alain Dössegger, Nicole Probst-Hensch
OBJECTIVES: We tested whether objectively assessed neighbourhood characteristics are associated with moderate-to vigorous physical activity (MVPA) and cycling in Swiss children and adolescents and assessed the mediating role of the perception of the environment. METHODS: The cross-sectional analyses were based on data of 1306 participants aged 6-16 years of the population-based SOPHYA study. MVPA was measured by accelerometry, time spent cycling and the perceived environment by questionnaire...
January 30, 2019: International Journal of Public Health
Valentina Minardi, Gianluigi Ferrante, Paolo D'Argenio, Maria Masocco, Lorenzo Spizzichino, Carla Bietta, Benedetta Contoli, Silvano Gallus
OBJECTIVES: The use of roll-your-own (RYO) cigarette has substantially increased in most high-income countries recently. This work aims to update Italian trends on loose tobacco sales and to describe the consumer profile of predominant RYO users. METHODS: Data from the Italian Agency of Customs and State Monopolies and from PASSI (Italian behavioral risk factor surveillance system) were used. Information on 16,858 interviews to current smokers aged 18-69 was analyzed...
January 25, 2019: International Journal of Public Health
Florence Samkange-Zeeb, Ronja Foraita, Stefan Rach, Tilman Brand
OBJECTIVES: Respondent-driven sampling (RDS), a modified chain-referral system, has been proposed as a strategy for reaching 'hidden' populations. We applied RDS to assess its feasibility to recruit 'hard-to-reach' populations such as migrants and the unemployed in a general health survey and compared it to register-based sampling (RBS). METHODS: RDS was applied parallel to standard population RBS in two superdiverse neighbourhoods in Bremen, Germany. Prevalences of sample characteristics of interest were estimated in RDS Analyst using the successive sampling estimator...
January 20, 2019: International Journal of Public Health
Andrea Miranda-Mendizabal, Pere Castellví, Oleguer Parés-Badell, Itxaso Alayo, José Almenara, Iciar Alonso, Maria Jesús Blasco, Annabel Cebrià, Andrea Gabilondo, Margalida Gili, Carolina Lagares, José Antonio Piqueras, Tiscar Rodríguez-Jiménez, Jesús Rodríguez-Marín, Miquel Roca, Victoria Soto-Sanz, Gemma Vilagut, Jordi Alonso
OBJECTIVES: To assess the association between gender and suicide attempt/death and identify gender-specific risk/protective factors in adolescents/young adults. METHODS: Systematic review (5 databases until January 2017). Population-based longitudinal studies considering non-clinical populations, aged 12-26 years, assessing associations between gender and suicide attempts/death, or evaluating their gender risk/protective factors, were included. Random effect meta-analyses were performed...
January 12, 2019: International Journal of Public Health
Jordan Edwards, Kelly K Anderson, Saverio Stranges
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January 11, 2019: International Journal of Public Health
Arndis Vilhjalmsdottir, Bart De Clercq, Ragna B Gardarsdottir, Jon Gunnar Bernburg, Inga Dora Sigfusdottir
OBJECTIVES: In this study, we aim to test whether changes in community income inequality influence adolescent emotional distress. We take advantage of the unique combination of data and history available in Iceland. This affluent welfare society has experienced extreme shifts in income inequality, allowing us to test whether changes in community income inequality are related to changes in adolescent emotional distress. METHODS: Combining adolescent survey data (n = 24,107) with tax registry data on 76 neighborhood communities, we used a multilevel approach to model the data as longitudinal in order to test whether changes in community income inequality are related to changes in symptoms of anxiety and depression among adolescents...
January 8, 2019: International Journal of Public Health
Christopher Dainton, Charlene H Chu, Christina Gorman, William Cherniak
OBJECTIVES: Short-term medical service trips (MSTs) are a controversial modality for addressing the health of marginalized populations. Despite their prevalence, there are no routinely used evaluative frameworks. This study used stakeholder consensus to validate a literature-based framework for MST best practices. METHODS: A recent systematic review was used to construct a preliminary list of best practices for short-term MSTs. We then recruited a multidisciplinary panel of academics, medical professionals, program coordinators, and non-medical volunteers for a three-round e-Delphi consensus-building exercise to review the list...
January 8, 2019: International Journal of Public Health
Sahar Saeed, Erica E M Moodie, Erin C Strumpf, Marina B Klein
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January 3, 2019: International Journal of Public Health
Malena Della Bona, Gemma Crawford, Lauren Nimmo, Justine E Leavy
OBJECTIVES: Drowning is a public health challenge. Children of migrants may be at increased risk as parents may be unaware of local water safety issues. This study explores differences between Australian-born and migrant parents in Western Australia for: (1) swimming ability; (2) supervision; (3) water familiarisation; and (4) cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training. METHODS: A cross-sectional survey of parents and carers of children aged under 5 years residing in WA (n = 1506) captured demographics, knowledge of appropriate supervision, water safety knowledge and skills...
January 3, 2019: International Journal of Public Health
Ziqi Zhang, Wasim Ahmed
OBJECTIVES: To compare information sharing of over 379 health conditions on Twitter to uncover trends and patterns of online user activities. METHODS: We collected 1.5 million tweets generated by over 450,000 Twitter users for 379 health conditions, each of which was quantified using a multivariate model describing engagement, user and content aspects of the data and compared using correlation and network analysis to discover patterns of user activities in these online communities...
December 26, 2018: International Journal of Public Health
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