The European Journal of Public Health Impact Factor & Information

Publisher: Oxford University Press (OUP)

Journal description

The European Journal of Public Health is a multidisciplinary journal aimed at attracting contributions from epidemiology health services research management ethics and law health economics social sciences and enviromental health.

Current impact factor: 2.59

Impact Factor Rankings

2015 Impact Factor Available summer 2016
2014 Impact Factor 2.591
2013 Impact Factor 2.459
2012 Impact Factor 2.516
2011 Impact Factor 2.728
2010 Impact Factor 2.267
2009 Impact Factor 2.313
2008 Impact Factor 2.176
2007 Impact Factor 1.91
2006 Impact Factor 1.481
2005 Impact Factor 1.118
2004 Impact Factor 1.051
2003 Impact Factor 1.281
2002 Impact Factor 0.624
2001 Impact Factor 1.152
2000 Impact Factor 1.165
1999 Impact Factor 1

Impact factor over time

Impact factor

Additional details

5-year impact 2.81
Cited half-life 5.70
Immediacy index 0.53
Eigenfactor 0.01
Article influence 0.97
Website The European Journal of Public Health website
Other titles European journal of public health (Online)
ISSN 1464-360X
OCLC 45043567
Material type Document, Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Internet Resource, Computer File, Journal / Magazine / Newspaper

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Publications in this journal

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    ABSTRACT: Background: Lower socioeconomic position (SEP) is associated with an increased risk of myocardial infarction (MI) incidence and mortality, but the relative importance of different socioeconomic resources at different stages of the disease remains unclear. Methods: A nationally representative register-based sample of 40- to 60-year-old Finnish men and women in 1995 (n = 302 885) were followed up for MI incidence and mortality in 1996-2007. We compared the effects of education, occupation, income and wealth on first MI incidence, first-day and long-term fatality. Cox's proportional hazards regression and logistic regression models were estimated adjusting for SEP covariates simultaneously to assess independent effects. Results: Fully adjusted models showed greatest relative inequalities of MI incidence by wealth in both sexes, with an increased risk also associated with manual occupations. Education was a significant predictor of incidence in men. Low income was associated with a greater risk of death on the day of MI incidence [odds ratio (OR) = 1.40 in men and 1.95 in women when comparing lowest and highest income quintiles], and in men, with long-term fatality [hazard ratio (HR) = 1.74]. Wealth contributed to inequalities in first-day fatality in men and in long-term fatality in both sexes. Conclusion: The results show that different socioeconomic resources have diverse effects on the disease process and add new evidence on the significant association of wealth with heart disease onset and fatality. Targeting those with the least resources could improve survival in MI patients and help reduce social inequalities in coronary heart disease mortality.
    The European Journal of Public Health 11/2015; DOI:10.1093/eurpub/ckv202
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    ABSTRACT: Background: Self-report bias in surveys of alcohol consumption is widely documented; however, less is known about the distribution of such bias by socioeconomic status (SES) and about the possible impact on social disparities. This study aims to assess social disparities in hazardous drinking (HD) and to analyze how correcting alcohol consumption data for self-report bias may affect estimates of disparities. Methods: National survey data from 13 countries, Canada, England, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Spain, Switzerland and USA, are used to examine social disparities in HD by SES and education level. Defining HD as drinking above 3 drinks/day for men and 2 for women, social disparities were assessed by calculating country-level concentration indexes. Aggregate consumption data were used to correct survey-based estimates for self-report bias. Results: Survey data show that more-educated women are more likely than less-educated women to engage in HD, while the opposite is observed in men in most countries. Large discrepancies in alcohol consumption between survey-based and aggregate estimates were found. Correcting for self-report bias increased estimates of social disparities in women, and decreased them in men, to the point that gradients were reversed in several countries (from higher rates in low education/SES men to an opposite pattern). Conclusion: This study provides evidence of a likely misestimation of social disparities in HD, in both men and women, due to self-report bias in alcohol consumption surveys. This study contributes to a better knowledge of the social dimensions of HD and to the targeting of alcohol policies.
    The European Journal of Public Health 11/2015; DOI:10.1093/eurpub/ckv190
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    ABSTRACT: Background: In healthcare, the focus is currently shifting from someone's disabilities to someone's abilities, which is also evident from the increasing focus on vitality. Vitality (here defined as energy, motivation and resilience) is an often used concept, which also aims at someone's capabilities. However, little is known about vitality yet; in particular about its association with participation and societal costs. Methods: Within a cross-sectional design, information regarding vitality, participation and societal costs was collected among 8015 Dutch adults aged 20 years and over. Vitality was measured using the validated Dutch Vitality Questionnaire (Vita-16). Information on economic (i.e. want/able to work, work absenteeism, work performance), societal (i.e. voluntary work, informal care giving) and social participation (i.e. quantity and quality of social contacts) and societal costs (i.e. healthcare and work-related costs) was collected using an internet survey. Results: Significant associations were found between vitality and various economic (i.e. sustainable employability: want to work: β = 1.21, 95% CI: 0.99-1.43, able to work: β = 2.09, 95% CI: 1.79-2.38; work absenteeism: OR = 0.75, 95% CI: 0.71-0.79; work performance: β = 0.49, 95% CI: 0.46-0.52), societal (i.e. voluntary work, informal care) and social (i.e. quantity and quality of social contacts) participation measures, as well as between vitality and societal costs (i.e. healthcare costs: β = -213.73, 95% CI: €-311.13 to €-107.08), absenteeism costs: β = -338.57, 95% CI: €-465.36 to €-214.14 and presenteeism costs: β = -1293.31, 95% CI: €-1492.69 to €-1088.95). Conclusion: This study showed significant positive associations between vitality and economic, societal and social participation and negative associations between vitality and societal costs. This may stimulate research on interventions enhancing and maintaining vitality and thereby contributing to improved participation and reduced costs.
    The European Journal of Public Health 11/2015; DOI:10.1093/eurpub/ckv194
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    ABSTRACT: Background: Sub-optimum breastfeeding significantly contributes to the global burden of disease. Our aim was to identify risk factors associated with suboptimal breastfeeding in Southern Croatia. Methods: Between February 2008 and August 2009, 773 mother-infant pairs were recruited from University Hospital of Split Maternity Unit. Mothers were interviewed at birth, 3, 6, 12 and 24 months. Results: Ninety-nine percent of mothers initiated breastfeeding but only 2.2% of them exclusively breastfed whilst in hospital. At 24 months, 4.1% of mothers were breastfeeding. Exclusive and any breastfeeding at 3 months was negatively associated with maternal education of 12 years or less, smoking during pregnancy, intention to use a pacifier and in-hospital formula supplementation. In addition, exclusive breastfeeding at 3 months was negatively associated with primiparity, antenatal course non-attendance and not receiving assistance with breastfeeding from hospital staff. Antenatal course non-attendance and discussing infant feeding with a health professional during pregnancy lowered the odds for any breastfeeding at 6 months. At 12 and 24 months, a lower level of education, antenatal course non-attendance and not receiving advice in hospital on feeding frequency was significantly associated with lower odds of breastfeeding. Additionally, intention to use a pacifier was found to be a negative predictor of breastfeeding at 12 months. Conclusions: Important modifiable risk factors found to be significantly associated with suboptimal breastfeeding include smoking during pregnancy, intention to use a pacifier, in-hospital formula supplementation, not receiving advice from hospital staff on normal feeding patterns, not receiving assistance with breastfeeding in hospital and antenatal course non-attendance.
    The European Journal of Public Health 11/2015; DOI:10.1093/eurpub/ckv203
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    ABSTRACT: Background: Many migrants from rural China seek work in urban areas and leave their children in their home villages to be raised by relatives. These children are often referred to as 'left-behind children'. Parental migration tends to have a profound impact on a child's growth. This study sought to assess the prevalence of illness and malnutrition among children in rural areas raised with different parenting patterns and to explore factors affecting their health and development. Method: A cross-sectional survey was conducted to examine the physical health of children raised with different parenting patterns and to explore associated risk factors. In total, this study examined 735 children ages 3-6 years in eight rural villages in two counties of Shandong Province. Their primary caregivers were interviewed with a semi-structured questionnaire. Anthropometric measurements of the children were taken and their nutritional status was determined according to WHO Child Growth Standards. Results: This study found a relatively high prevalence of wasting, overweight and obesity among left-behind children. After potential confounders were controlled for, the parenting pattern, annual household income and health literacy of the primary caregiver significantly influenced the health and developmental indicators of children. Conclusions: This study highlighted the impact of the characteristics of the primary caregiver on a child's health and development and the importance of practical interventions for preschool-aged children who are left behind and raised with different parenting patterns.
    The European Journal of Public Health 11/2015; DOI:10.1093/eurpub/ckv181
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    ABSTRACT: Objective: Fall-related injuries among the elderly, specifically hip fractures, cause significant morbidity and mortality as well as imposing a substantial financial cost on the health care system. Impact-absorbing flooring has been advocated as an effective method for preventing hip fractures resulting from falls. This study identifies the cost-effectiveness of impact-absorbing flooring compared to standard flooring in residential care facilities for the elderly in a Swedish setting. Method: An incremental cost-effectiveness analysis was performed comparing impact-absorbing flooring to standard flooring using a Markov decision model. A societal perspective was adopted and incremental costs were compared to incremental gains in quality-adjusted life years (QALYs). Data on costs, probability transitions and health-related quality of life measures were retrieved from the published literature and from Swedish register data. Probabilistic sensitivity analysis was performed through a Monte Carlo simulation. Results: The base-case analysis indicates that the impact-absorbing flooring reduces costs and increases QALYs. When allowing for uncertainty we find that 60% of the simulations indicate that impact-absorbing flooring is cost-saving compared to standard flooring and an additional 20% that it has a cost per QALY below a commonly used threshold value CONCLUSIONS: : Using a modelling approach, we find that impact-absorbing flooring is a dominant strategy at the societal level considering that it can save resources and improve health in a vulnerable population.
    The European Journal of Public Health 10/2015; DOI:10.1093/eurpub/ckv197
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    ABSTRACT: Objectives: In 2010 only 30.9%, of the Puy-de-Dome prison detainees were screened for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), hepatitis C virus (HCV) and hepatitis B virus (HBV). Our goal was then to promote these assesments, as well as to identify addictive behaviour using FAGERSTROM, Cannabis Abuse Screening Test and CAGE tests, diagnose fibrosis by means of Fibrometer or Fibroscan in hepatic virus carriers and heavy drinkers, and perform HBV vaccinations. Setting: This prospective study of adult detainees in the prisons of Puy-de-Dome, France, took place from June 2012 to December 2013. Results: Of the 702 incarcerated individuals, 396(56.4%) were screened and 357(50.9%) enrolled. HIV prevalence was 0.3%, HCV 4.7% and HBV 0.6%. While 234/294(79.6%) smokers and 115/145(79.3%) cannabis users were screened for dependence, excessive alcohol consumption was tested for in 91/179(50.8%) cases. Fibrosis was screened for in 75/80(93.7%) individuals selected with 16.0% presenting with moderate to severe fibrosis, 4/9(44.4%) HCV carriers and 8/65(12.3%) excessive alcohol consumers. HBV vaccination was given to 81/149(54.4%) individuals with no serological markers. A total of nine HIV tests were conducted at the 57 discharge consultations, involving 215 detainees being released, all of which were negative. Conclusion: The promotion of these evaluations proved beneficial, although viral screening could be achieved for only approaching half of the detainees, as could alcohol consumption assessment and HBV vaccination for those concerned. Fibrosis screening revealed lesions in HCV carriers yet also in heavy drinkers, who are typically less likely to be assessed. Consultations and HIV screening on release were found to be rarely possible.
    The European Journal of Public Health 10/2015; DOI:10.1093/eurpub/ckv183
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    ABSTRACT: Background: The use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) among Scandinavian patients with cancer or multiple sclerosis (MS) may be perceived as closely connected to their experiences from conventional care and thus contextualized by Scandinavian public healthcare systems. This study aimed at providing more insight into such patients' widespread, complex, self-initiated and unregulated use of CAM, analysed from a public health perspective. Methods: Twenty-nine qualitative in-depth interviews with 31 CAM users diagnosed with cancer or MS were conducted. Qualitative content analysis was used to interpret the data. Results: The participants were 'active patients' because they initiated their use of CAM and wanted to take part in decision-making and contribute to positive health outcomes. They moved in and out of CAM and public healthcare contexts as 'boundary walkers'. Experience-based knowledge such as bodily experiences as well as scientific knowledge was perceived as relevant sources of knowledge in decision-making. CAM treatments were in general perceived as safe and conventional treatments as being potentially risky. Conclusion: Boundary walkers often challenge the understandings of illness behaviour, evidence and treatment traditionally incorporated in Scandinavian public healthcare systems. CAM may be perceived as a healthcare system that acknowledges experience-based knowledge and patient involvement in treatment processes. Patient-centeredness is an important goal in current European public health programmes, but is often not recognized by CAM users in clinical practice. Thus, studies of CAM users' healthcare needs and their strategies to meet them may provide crucial knowledge to future development of patient-centred public health and medical education programmes.
    The European Journal of Public Health 10/2015; DOI:10.1093/eurpub/ckv184