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: 1.48

Impact Factor Rankings

2015 Impact Factor Available summer 2015
2013 / 2014 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
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Additional details

5-year impact 1.61
Cited half-life 6.00
Immediacy index 0.58
Eigenfactor 0.01
Article influence 0.53
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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    • 'WB Saunders' is an imprint of 'Elsevier'
  • Classification
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Publications in this journal

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    ABSTRACT: Objectives: To investigate association between quality of life (QoL) and International Normalized Ratio (INR) control, with the secondary aim of assessing QoL using generic and anticoagulation-specific, the Short Form Health Survey (SF-12) and the Duke Anticoagulation Satisfaction Scale (DASS). Study design: This study assessed anticoagulation related QoL at three time intervals in two groups of patients on long-term warfarin therapy. Methods: Data of 326 randomly sampled patients (163 patients each in DASS and SF-12 groups) who had been on warfarin therapy for at least one year at anticoagulation clinics were analysed. QoL was assessed at three time intervals: at the start, six months and one year of warfarin therapy. Indications and target INR ranges and subjects INR values were recorded. Time in Therapeutic Range (TTR) was estimated for four subject subgroups, based on target ranges of INR for clustered indications. Results: Of the total, 43% of the subjects were aged between 50 and 64 years, and 51% were female. DASS assessed subjects older than 35 years perceived significant decrease in overall mean scores of anticoagulation related QoL, whilst all SF-12 assessed subjects perceived an increase in QoL. The mean percentage days in range for all INR target range subgroups did not exceed more than 60% but there was only a weak correlation (Rs = 0.104, P > 0.05) between INR control and overall QoL. Conclusion Malaysian urban outpatients on warfarin treatment longer than one year report a significant overall decrease in QoL, as measured using a validated condition-specific instrument. These patients appeared to adapt well to lifestyle limitations imposed by long-term anticoagulation.
    Public Health 06/2015; DOI:10.1016/j.puhe.2015.05.014
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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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    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
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    ABSTRACT: Asthma is a serious, sometimes fatal condition, in which attacks vary in severity, potentially requiring emergency medical services (EMS) ambulance treatment. A portion of asthma attacks requiring EMS ambulance treatment may be prevented with improved education and access to care. The aim of this study was to identify areas of the city with high rates of utilization of EMS ambulance for treatment, and the demographics, socio-economic status, and time of day associated with these rates, to better target future interventions to prevent emergencies and reduce cost.
    Public Health 03/2015; 60(5). DOI:10.1016/j.puhe.2015.02.009
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    ABSTRACT: Many low- and middle-income countries have introduced State-funded health programmes for vulnerable groups as part of global efforts to universalise health coverage. Similarly, India introduced the Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY) in 2008, a publicly-funded national health insurance scheme for people below the poverty line. The authors explore the RSBY's genesis and early development in order to understand its conceptualisation and design principles and thereby establish a baseline for assessing RSBY's performance in the future. Qualitative case study of the RSBY in Delhi. This paper presents results from documentary analysis and semi-structured interviews with senior-level policymakers including the former Labour Minister, central government officials and affiliates, and technical specialists from the World Bank and GIZ. With national priorities focused on broader economic development goals, the RSBY was conceptualised as a social investment in worker productivity and future economic growth in India. Hence, efficiency, competition, and individual choice rather than human needs or egalitarian access were overriding concerns for RSBY designers. This measured approach was strongly reflected in RSBY's financing and benefit structure. Hence, the programme's focus on only the 'poorest' (BPL) among the poor. Similarly, only costlier forms of care, secondary treatments in hospitals, which policymakers felt were more likely to have catastrophic financial consequences for users were covered. This paper highlights the risks of a narrow approach driven by developmental considerations alone. Expanding access and improving financial protection in India and elsewhere requires a more balanced approach and evidence-informed health policies that are guided by local morbidity and health spending patterns. Copyright © 2015 The Royal Society for Public Health. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
    Public Health 03/2015; 129(6). DOI:10.1016/j.puhe.2015.02.002
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    ABSTRACT: This study examined the influence of home and school environments, and individual health-risk behaviours on body weight outcomes in Korean adolescents. This was a cross-sectional observational study. Quantile regression models to explore heterogeneity in the association of specific factors with body mass index (BMI) over the entire conditional BMI distribution was used. A nationally representative web-based survey for youths was used. Paternal education level of college or more education was associated with lower BMI for girls, whereas college or more education of mothers was associated with higher BMI for boys; for both, the magnitude of association became larger at the upper quantiles of the conditional BMI distribution. Girls with good family economic status were more likely to have higher BMIs than those with average family economic status, particularly at the upper quantile of the conditional BMI distribution. Attending a co-ed school was associated with lower BMI for both genders with a larger association at the upper quantiles. Substantial screen time for TV watching, video games, or internet surfing was associated with a higher BMI with a larger association at the upper quantiles for both girls and boys. Dental prevention was negatively associated with BMI, whereas suicide consideration was positively associated with BMIs of both genders with a larger association at a higher quantile. These findings suggest that interventions aimed at behavioural changes and positive parental roles are needed to effectively address high adolescent BMI. 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.2015.01.021
  • Public Health 03/2015; 129(5). DOI:10.1016/j.puhe.2015.01.012