Public Health Journal Impact Factor & Information

Publisher: Society of Community Medicine (Great Britain); Society of Medical Officers of Health (Great Britain); Royal Institute of Public Health and Hygiene (Great Britain); Society of Public Health (Great Britain); Royal Institute of Public Health (Great Britain), WB Saunders

Journal description

Provides international coverage of preventive medicine, epidemiology, social and community medicine. Key areas include: child health, communicable disease prevention, health promotion and health service planning.

Current impact factor: 1.43

Impact Factor Rankings

2015 Impact Factor Available summer 2016
2014 Impact Factor 1.434
2013 Impact Factor 1.475
2012 Impact Factor 1.35
2011 Impact Factor 1.35
2010 Impact Factor 1.267
2009 Impact Factor 1.261
2008 Impact Factor 1.204
2007 Impact Factor 1.029
2006 Impact Factor 0.926
2005 Impact Factor 0.986
2004 Impact Factor 0.833
2003 Impact Factor 0.697
2002 Impact Factor 0.674
2001 Impact Factor 0.486
2000 Impact Factor 0.6
1999 Impact Factor 0.509
1998 Impact Factor 0.602
1997 Impact Factor 0.582
1996 Impact Factor 0.581
1995 Impact Factor 0.366
1994 Impact Factor 0.305
1993 Impact Factor 0.34
1992 Impact Factor 0.525

Impact factor over time

Impact factor

Additional details

5-year impact 1.62
Cited half-life 6.60
Immediacy index 0.60
Eigenfactor 0.01
Article influence 0.54
Website Public Health website
Other titles Public health (London, England), Public health
ISSN 0033-3506
OCLC 1338322
Material type Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Journal / Magazine / Newspaper, Internet Resource

Publisher details

WB Saunders

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    • NIH Authors articles will be submitted to PubMed Central after 12 months
    • Authors who are required to deposit in subject-based repositories may also use Sponsorship Option
    • Publisher last reviewed on 03/07/2015
    • 'WB Saunders' is an imprint of 'Elsevier'
  • Classification
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Publications in this journal

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    ABSTRACT: Members of the public are often sceptical about warnings of an impending public health crisis. Breaking through this scepticism is important if we are to convince people to take urgent protective action. In this paper we explored correlates of perceiving that ‘too much fuss’ was being made about the 2009/10 influenza A H1N1v (‘swine flu’) pandemic.
    Public Health 10/2015; DOI:10.1016/j.puhe.2015.09.004
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    ABSTRACT: The objective of the study was to investigate whether patients from a South Asian ethnic background who had Crohn's disease received equivalent access to therapy with biologics compared to patients with an English background. The study was retrospective and covered the period 2008 to 2012. It was based on a register of all patients with Crohn's disease in Leicestershire who are treated with biologics. The prevalence of Crohn's disease in Leicestershire amongst South Asian and English patients was known from earlier studies and from these data it was possible to make corrections to allow for the difference in frequency of the condition between the two communities. All adult patients who received biologics for treatment of Crohn's disease in Leicestershire between 2008 and 2012 were reviewed and their gender and ethnicity noted as well as whether they had received infliximab or adalumimab. The expected numbers of patients who should have received these therapies were calculated in two ways: RESULTS: One hundred and twenty six patients with Crohn's disease who received treatment with biologics were European and 13 South Asian. The patients' gender was also noted and 67 European patients (53%) were female as were six Asians (46%). Based on prevalence data, the expected distribution of the treatment would have been for 97 of the patients to have been European and 42 to have been South Asian. If 126 European patients warranted treatment, on this basis the expected number of South Asian patients in need of biologic therapy would have been 55. Based on the smaller predicted number of South Asian patients (42) the difference is significant at P < 0.0001 [Proportion difference=0.69 (95% confidence interval=0.539278-0.809576]. For the difference to be extinguished the number of English patients who should have received biologic therapy would have been as low as between 30 and 39 cases (based on the calculated proportion of 97 and the actual figure of 126 European patients respectively). Based on a population composition, rather than prevalence data, in which 24% of the Leicester community should have been of South Asian origin, 33 patients would have received biologics compared with 92 patients of English origin (66%). This is significantly different to the 13 patients who did receive treatment (z=-3.2, P < 0.001). Suggested reasons for these differences have included concerns about the animal origins of infliximab as well as difficulties associated with accessing the service, such as the provision of information in an appropriate language through appropriate media. For those who come from groups with significant social deprivation there is often a readiness to accept more limited clinical services. However, such differences themselves, are examples of discrimination in clinical practice. Copyright © 2015 The Royal Society for Public Health. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
    Public Health 03/2015; 129(5). DOI:10.1016/j.puhe.2015.01.029

  • Public Health 03/2015; 129(5). DOI:10.1016/j.puhe.2015.01.019
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    Y Jiang · Y Wang · Y Li · X Wang · C Ma · S Ma ·
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    ABSTRACT: Corresponding author. School of Public Health, Yale University, 60 College ST, LEPH 206, New Haven, CT 06520, USA. Tel.: +1 203 785 3119; fax: +1 203 785 6912.
    Public Health 03/2015; 11(5). DOI:10.1016/j.puhe.2015.02.005
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    ABSTRACT: This is an evaluation of an ongoing inpatient smoking cessation program available in Austria and aims to show to what extent even heavy nicotine dependent smokers can benefit from a three-week inpatient therapy. A particular focus lies on analyzing the benefits and changes in lifestyle and sense of well-being. 270 initially heavy nicotine dependent smokers are observed for a one year period consisting of recruitment, therapy and two post-therapy follow-up visits; post program smokers are compared to post program ex-smokers. 12 month post-therapy, 42.6% of participants are identified by carbon monoxide-verifications as ex-smokers, 34% as smokers and the remaining did not attend follow-up visits. Significant changes in lifestyle satisfaction are reported by ex-smokers compared to still smokers. Convincing heavy dependent nicotine smokers that significant changes in lifestyle satisfaction can be expected as part of a successful cessation process should lead to enough motivation for these individuals to seek such inpatient smoking cessation program. Copyright © 2015 The Royal Society for Public Health. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
    Public Health 03/2015; 129(5). DOI:10.1016/j.puhe.2015.02.011
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    ABSTRACT: To investigate injury risk associated with occupation and occupational physical demand levels among U.S. Army Soldiers. Retrospective cohort study. Personal characteristics, physical fitness, military occupational specialty (MOS), and injury data were obtained by survey from Soldiers in an Army light infantry brigade (n = 2101). Odds ratios (OR) and 95% confidence intervals (95% CI) from a multivariate analysis assessing injury risk were calculated. Injury incidence for the prior 12 months was 43%. Physical fitness and behavioral factors associated with injury risk included age 21-29 (OR [age 21-29/age ≤ 20] = 1.37, 95% CI 1.00-1.90), BMI 27.5-29.9 (high-overweight) (OR high-overweight/normal = 1.62, 95% CI 1.20-2.18); BMI >29.9 (obese) (OR obese/normal = 1.73, 95% CI 1.23-2.44), cigarette smoking (OR Smoker/Nonsmoker = 1.34, 95% CI 1.11-1.63), and poor APFT two mile run performance (OR (Q4/Q1) = 1.61, 95% CI 1.19-2.19). Higher risk of injury was associated with some MOSs (OR (Chemical, Explosives & Ammunition/Infantry) = 2.82, 95% CI 1.19-6.68; OR (Armor/Infantry) = 1.53, 95% CI 1.13-2.07). This study identified a number of potentially modifiable risk factors for injuries including: maintenance of healthy weight, improved aerobic endurance, and reduction in smoking. Results also indicate certain Army occupations may be at higher risk of injury. Further investigation into reasons for their higher risk is warranted. Copyright © 2015 The Royal Society for Public Health. All rights reserved.
    Public Health 03/2015; 129(5). DOI:10.1016/j.puhe.2015.02.003
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    ABSTRACT: To develop a valid and reliable tool to evaluate access to, and use of, medicines at household level (HH-ATM tool). The Behavioral Model of Health Services Use was adapted and used as the conceptual framework for developing the HH-ATM tool. Questionnaires were designed (individual and household) based on the conceptual framework and existing tools, including items that captured the characteristics of predisposing, enabling and need factors; health care behaviours; outcomes and impacts. Face validity, content validity and test-retest reliability were assessed using inter-rater agreement, item and scale content validity indices, comprehensiveness indices, and intra-class correlation, kappa and weighted-kappa coefficients. The household and individual questionnaires demonstrated appropriate validity and reliability. The content validity of household questionnaire was favourable, with inter-rater agreement of 86% and 91% for relevance and clarity, respectively. Scale content validity indices for relevance and clarity were 89% and 91%, respectively, and comprehensiveness was scored at 100%. These indices were also favourable for the individual questionnaire, all scoring 94% or higher. The questionnaires showed excellent validity and reliability for use in Iran. The HH-ATM tool can be implemented to evaluate access to, and use of, medicines in Farsi-speaking communities, and may be useful in other communities if adapted appropriately. Copyright © 2015 The Royal Society for Public Health. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
    Public Health 03/2015; 129(5). DOI:10.1016/j.puhe.2015.01.026
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    ABSTRACT: Assess differences in perceived health status among individuals receiving colonoscopy screening based on smoking status. Cross-sectional data were collected as part of a larger study investigating whether verbal and non-verbal communication and behaviors of gastroenterologists and nurses. Data for this study were collected between 2011 and 2013 among receiving colonoscopy screenings. Data were collected as part of a study assessing patients (n = 1785) undergoing colonoscopy screenings about their expectations, concerns, understanding of the procedure, and perceived health status. Differences between current, former and never smokers were analyzed using a one-way between subjects ANOVA, with a Scheffe post hoc. Post hoc analyses revealed that current smokers were significantly different from former or never smokers on the following variables: days their physical health was not good, days their mental health was not good, days health influenced their activities, days pain influenced their ability to perform activities, perceived general health, and current anxiety. This study looked at perceived health among individuals receiving colonoscopy screening by on smoking status, a relevant population based on the recent Surgeon Generals link. Former smokers reported similar health status across all variables as never smokers, suggesting the effect of quitting smoking on self-perceived health. With this link, tailored smoking cessation messages to smokers receiving colonoscopy screenings may be an excellent vantage point for a smoking cessation intervention. Copyright © 2015 The Royal Society for Public Health. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
    Public Health 03/2015; 129(5). DOI:10.1016/j.puhe.2015.02.004

  • Public Health 03/2015; 129(5). DOI:10.1016/j.puhe.2015.02.010

  • Public Health 03/2015; 129(5). DOI:10.1016/j.puhe.2015.02.014

  • Public Health 03/2015; 129(5). DOI:10.1016/j.puhe.2015.01.001