Bulletin of the World Health Organisation Journal Impact Factor & Information

Publisher: World Health Organization; World Health Organization, World Health Organization

Journal description

Publication of the World Health Organization. Mission: To publish and disseminate scientifically rigorous public health information of international significance that enables policy-makers, researchers and practitioners to be more effective; it aims to improve health, particularly among disadvantaged populations.

Current impact factor: 5.11

Impact Factor Rankings

2015 Impact Factor Available summer 2015
2013 / 2014 Impact Factor 5.112
2012 Impact Factor 5.25
2011 Impact Factor 4.641
2010 Impact Factor 5.459
2009 Impact Factor 5.302
2008 Impact Factor 3.803
2007 Impact Factor 4.019
2006 Impact Factor 5.029
2005 Impact Factor 3.961
2004 Impact Factor 2.87
2003 Impact Factor 2.442
2002 Impact Factor 2.694
2001 Impact Factor 2.755
2000 Impact Factor 1.937
1999 Impact Factor 1.49
1998 Impact Factor 1.43
1997 Impact Factor 1.702

Impact factor over time

Impact factor

Additional details

5-year impact 6.08
Cited half-life 9.70
Immediacy index 1.04
Eigenfactor 0.02
Article influence 2.39
Website Bulletin of the World Health Organization website
Other titles Bulletin of the World Health Organization, Bulletin de l'Organisation mondiale de la santé
ISSN 0042-9686
OCLC 1588496
Material type Government publication, International government publication, Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Journal / Magazine / Newspaper, Internet Resource

Publisher details

World Health Organization

  • Pre-print
    • Archiving status unclear
  • Post-print
    • Author can archive a post-print version
  • Conditions
    • Must link to publisher version
    • Published source must be acknowledged
    • On author's personal website or institutional website only
  • Classification
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Publications in this journal

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    ABSTRACT: Over the last decade, a massive increase in data collection and analysis has occurred in many fields. In the health sector, however, there has been relatively little progress in data analysis and application despite a rapid rise in data production. Given adequate governance, improvements in the quality, quantity, storage and analysis of health data could lead to substantial improvements in many health outcomes. In low- and middle-income countries in particular, the creation of an information feedback mechanism can move health-care delivery towards results-based practice and improve the effective use of scarce resources. We review the evolving definition of big data and the possible advantages of - and problems in - using such data to improve health-care delivery in low- and middle-income countries. The collection of big data as mobile-phone based services improve may mean that development phases required elsewhere can be skipped. However, poor infrastructure may prevent interoperability and the safe use of patient data. An appropriate governance framework must be developed and enforced to protect individuals and ensure that health-care delivery is tailored to the characteristics and values of the target communities.
    Bulletin of the World Health Organisation 03/2015; 93(3):203-208. DOI:10.2471/BLT.14.139022
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    ABSTRACT: Until 2005, the quality of rapid diagnostic human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) testing was not monitored and no regular technical support was provided to hospital laboratories in Myanmar. The national reference laboratory introduced a national external quality assessment scheme. The scheme involved (i) training laboratory technicians in HIV testing and in the requirements of the quality assessment system; (ii) implementing a biannual proficiency panel testing programme; (iii) on-site assessments of poorly-performing laboratories to improve testing procedures; and (iv) development of national guidelines. In 2011, a total of 422 public hospitals in Myanmar had laboratories providing HIV tests. In addition, private laboratories supported by nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) conducted HIV testing. The scheme was started in 65 public laboratories in 2005. In 2012, it had expanded nationwide to 347 laboratories, including 33 NGO laboratories. During the expansion of the scheme, laboratory response rates were greater than 90% and the proportion of laboratories reporting at least one aberrant result improved from 9.2% (6/65) in 2005 to 5.4% (17/316) in 2012. National testing guidelines and a reference laboratory are needed to successfully implement quality assurance of HIV testing services. On-site assessments are crucial for all participating laboratories and the only source for insight on the causes of aberrant results; lessons that the reference laboratory can share nationally. Proficiency testing helps laboratory technicians to maintain HIV testing skills by ensuring that they regularly encountered HIV-positive samples.
    Bulletin of the World Health Organisation 01/2015; 93(1):42-6. DOI:10.2471/BLT.14.138909
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    Bulletin of the World Health Organisation 01/2015; 93(1):57-9. DOI:10.2471/BLT.14.139741
  • Bulletin of the World Health Organisation 01/2015; 93:303-313. DOI:10.2471/BLT.14.145771
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    ABSTRACT: Ghana's population is ageing. In 2011, the Government of Ghana requested technical support from the World Health Organization (WHO) to help revise national policies on ageing and health. We applied WHO's knowledge translation framework on ageing and health to assist evidence based policy-making in Ghana. First, we defined priority problems and health system responses by performing a country assessment of epidemiologic data, policy review, site visits and interviews of key informants. Second, we gathered evidence on effective health systems interventions in low- middle- and high-income countries. Third, key stakeholders were engaged in a policy dialogue. Fourth, policy briefs were developed and presented to the Ghana Health Services. Ghana has a well-structured health system that can adapt to meet the health care needs of older people. Six problems were selected as priorities, however after the policy dialogue, only five were agreed as priorities by the stakeholders. The key stakeholders drafted evidence-based policy recommendations that were used to develop policy briefs. The briefs were presented to the Ghana Health Service in 2014. The framework can be used to build local capacity on evidence-informed policy-making. However, knowledge translation tools need further development to be used in low-income countries and in the field of ageing. The terms and language of the tools need to be adapted to local contexts. Evidence for health system interventions on ageing populations is very limited, particularly for low- and middle-income settings.
    Bulletin of the World Health Organisation 01/2015; 93(1):47-51. DOI:10.2471/BLT.14.136242
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    ABSTRACT: China continues to face challenges in eliminating mother-to-child transmission of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), syphilis and hepatitis B virus (HBV). In 2010, a programme that integrated and standardized prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) efforts for HIV, syphilis and HBV was implemented in 1156 counties. At participating antenatal care clinics, pregnant women were offered all three tests concurrently and free of charge. Further interventions such as free treatment, prophylaxis and testing for mothers and their children were provided for HIV and syphilis. China's national PMTCT HIV programme started in 2003, at which time there were no national programmes for perinatal syphilis and HBV. In 2009, the rate of maternal-to-child transmission of HIV was 8.1% (57/702). Reported congenital syphilis was 60.8 per 100 000 live births. HBV infection was 7.2% of the overall population infected. Between 2010 and 2013 the number of pregnant women attending antenatal care clinics with integrated PMTCT services increased from 5.5 million to 13.1 million. In 2013, 12.7 million pregnant women were tested for HIV, 12.6 million for syphilis and 12.7 million for HBV. Mother-to-child transmission of HIV fell to 6.7% in 2013. Data on syphilis transmission are not yet available. Integrated PMTCT services proved to be feasible and effective, and they are now part of the routine maternal and child health services provided to infected women. The services are provided through a collaboration between maternal and child health clinics, the national and local Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and general hospitals.
    Bulletin of the World Health Organisation 01/2015; 93(1):52-6. DOI:10.2471/BLT.14.139626
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    Bulletin of the World Health Organisation 12/2014; 92(12):918-9. DOI:10.2471/BLT.14.142570
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    Bulletin of the World Health Organisation 12/2014; 92(12):851. DOI:10.2471/BLT.14.149393