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: This article describes the Hard-to-Reach (HtR) Project that was developed to capture health and lifestyle data from groups who are HtR by postal surveys within the larger EURO-URHIS 2 project. By collaborating with partner organizations, data were collected using standard survey tools, allowing for comparison with the wider population. Methods: Following a scoping exercise to determine which groups were HtR in Greater Manchester, black and minority ethnic (BME) groups and students were selected. BME groups were surveyed through partnership with Community and Voluntary Sector Organizations (CVSOs). Language barriers were addressed through the recruitment of volunteer interpreters. Students were surveyed by accessing university premises. Results: Fifteen survey visits took place at nine CVSOs and five visits to University facilities. In total, 144 eligible surveys were collected. There were significant differences for both HtR groups, compared with Greater Manchester and the EURO-URHIS 2 mean. Both HtR groups had worse outcomes than both Greater Manchester and EURO-URHIS 2 for psychological problems. In addition, students had worse outcomes for passive smoking, binge drinking, use of cannabis, lack of access to green spaces, less sense of belonging and social cohesion and damp or mildewed homes, and better outcomes for self-perceived health and overweight and obesity. BME had in addition worse outcomes than both Greater Manchester and EURO-URHIS 2 for long-standing restrictive illness. Conclusion: Despite the limitations of this study, the development of this methodology allowed for the collection of comparable data, showing up statistically significant differences between the HtR populations and the wider population which merits further investigation.
    The European Journal of Public Health 09/2015; DOI:10.1093/eurpub/ckv140
  • The European Journal of Public Health 09/2015; DOI:10.1093/eurpub/ckv177
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    ABSTRACT: Background: The aim of this study was to determine sex differences in the prevalence of cardiovascular health (CVH) metrics according to the CVH status. Methods: The cross-sectional, population-based study involved 2250 women and 1920 men aged ≥18 years that participated in the 2010 National Health Survey in the Republic of Srpska, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Prevalence of CVH behaviours (smoking, body mass index, physical activity, diet), CVH factors (cholesterol, fasting blood glucose and blood pressure, plus smoking) and ideal CVH were estimated according to the American Heart Association criteria for ideal, intermediate and poor levels. Association between sex and ideal CVH categories was analyzed with multivariable logistic regression analysis across three age stratums. Results: A higher prevalence of ideal CVH metrics was seen in women for smoking status, body mass index, healthy diet score and blood pressure, and in men for physical activity and total cholesterol. Women from all age groups had better CVH behaviours (odds ratio [OR] = 1.40 for the youngest; OR = 2.05 for middle-aged; and OR = 2.03 for older-aged women), while only women from the youngest age group had better CVH factors (OR = 5.09). In line with this, ideal overall CVH prevailed in younger and middle-aged women in comparison to men of the same ages (OR = 3.01 and OR = 2.25, respectively), while disappeared in older ones. Conclusions: Significant differences in the prevalence of CVH metrics between men and women in the Republic of Srpska should be considered in cardiovascular disease prevention.
    The European Journal of Public Health 09/2015; DOI:10.1093/eurpub/ckv161
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    ABSTRACT: Background: The diagnosis-related group-based prospective payment programme was introduced in Korea in 1997 as a pilot programme to control health spending. In July 2013, the programme was implemented throughout the nation. The aim of our study is to evaluate the relationship between quality of care and market competition following the introduction of the new payment system in Korea. Methods: We conduct an observational analysis using National Health Insurance claim data from 2011 to 2014. We analyse data on readmission within 30 days, length of stay, and number of outpatient visits for 1742 hospitals and 821 912 cases. We use a generalized estimating equation model to evaluate readmission within 30 days and number of outpatient visits and a multi-level regression model to assess length of stay. Results: Total readmission within 30 days is 10 727 (1.3%). High competition areas present a lower risk of readmission [odds ratio (OR): 0.95, P: 0.0277], a longer length of stay (1%, P < 0.0001), and an increased number of outpatient visits (Relative Risk: 1.11, P: 0.0011) as compared with moderate competition areas. Risk of readmission is higher in low competition areas as compared with moderate competition areas (OR: 1.21, P < 0.0001). Conclusion: The effects of the introduction of the new payment system differed by degree of market competition. Thus, evaluation about the effect of new payment system on hospital performance should be measured in combination with the degree of hospital market structure.
    The European Journal of Public Health 09/2015; DOI:10.1093/eurpub/ckv162
  • The European Journal of Public Health 09/2015; DOI:10.1093/eurpub/ckv178
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    ABSTRACT: Background: Back pain (BP) represents a widespread public health problem in Europe. The morbidity depends on several indicators, which must be investigated to discover risk groups. The examination of trends in socioeconomic developments should ensure a better understanding of the complex link between socioeconomic-status and BP. Therefore, the role of social inequalities for BP has been investigated among Austrian subpopulations over a 24-year period. Methods: Self-reported data from nationally representative health surveys (1983-2007) were analyzed and adjusted for self-report bias (N=121 486). Absolute changes (ACs) and aetiologic fractions (AF) were calculated to measure trends. To quantify the extent of social inequality, the relative index of inequality was computed based on educational levels. Results: The prevalence of BP nearly doubled between 1983 and 2007. When investigating educational groups, subjects with low educational level were most prevalent. Obese persons generally showed higher rates of BP than non-obese subjects. Continuously rising trends across the different educational groups were more evident in men. The AC was highest in obese men with high education (+32.9%). Education-related inequalities for BP were more evident in men than women. Conclusion: Educational level is an important social indicator for BP. A gradient for low to high educational level in the trends of BP prevalence was clearly identified and stable only among men. We presume that the association 'education' and 'physical workload leading to BP' is more relevant for men than for women. The implementation of effective approaches to BP, in combination with target group-specific interventions focusing on educational status, is recommended.
    The European Journal of Public Health 09/2015; DOI:10.1093/eurpub/ckv163
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    ABSTRACT: Background: Colorectal cancer (CRC) is one of the most common cancers in men and women. CRC screening programmes have been implemented in various countries. However, the participation rate remains disappointingly low. For a screening method to be beneficial, high participation rates are essential. Therefore, understanding the factors that are associated with CRC screening and follow-up adherence is necessary. In this systematic review, factors studied in literature were identified that are associated with CRC screening adherence. Methods: A systematic search in PUBMED, EMBASE and COCHRANE was performed to identify barriers and facilitators for CRC screening adherence. Study characteristics were summarized and analysed. Results: Seventy-seven papers met the inclusion criteria to be applicable for review. Female gender, younger participants, low level of education, lower income, ethnic minorities and not having a spouse were the most frequently reported barriers. Health provider characteristics, such as health insurance and a usual source of care were also frequently reported barriers in CRC screening adherence. Disparities were found in weight, employment status and self-perceived health status. Conclusion: Barriers and facilitators of CRC screening participation are frequently reported. Understanding these factors is the first step to possibly modify specific factors to increase CRC screening participation rate.
    The European Journal of Public Health 09/2015; DOI:10.1093/eurpub/ckv148
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    ABSTRACT: Adherence to recommended guidelines in the care for diabetes has been demonstrated to significantly prevent the excess risk of hospitalization and mortality for cardiovascular diseases. Aim of this study was to evaluate whether adherence to a standardized process quality-of-care-indicator in diabetes, is able to predict, equally in men and women, first hospitalization or mortality risk after acute myocardial infarction (AMI), ischemic stroke (IS), congestive heart failure (CHF), lower extremity amputations (LEA) or any of above major adverse cardiovascular events (MACE). Guideline composite indicator (GCI), a process indicator including one annual assessment of HbA1c and at least two among eye examination, serum lipids measurement and microalbuminuria, was measured in the year 2006 in 91 826 (46 167 M/45 659 F) diabetic patients, living in Tuscany (Italy). By a Cox-proportional hazard regression model, the effect of GCI adherence was assessed on adjusted hospitalization mortality risk for AMI, IS, CHF, LEA and MACE in both genders in a follow-up period of 6 years (2007-12). After adjusting for covariates, adherence to CGI exerted a significant positive effect on AMI, CHF and LEA outcomes among men, whereas among women, GCI adherence significantly decreased hospitalization risk only for CHF and mortality risk after IS. Finally, GCI adherence significantly reduced hospitalization risk for MACE of about 15% and 11% in men and women, respectively. On the contrary, GCI adherence seemed to have no significant influence on mortality risk after hospitalization for MACE in both genders. In this cohort, over a 6-year follow-up, GCI adherence was found to be a significant predictor of lower cardiovascular risk, with some evident gender differences. © The Author 2015. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the European Public Health Association. All rights reserved.
    The European Journal of Public Health 09/2015; DOI:10.1093/eurpub/ckv159
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    ABSTRACT: Lower case fatality and increased use of evidence-based invasive management incl. coronary angiography (CAG) have been reported for patients admitted with acute myocardial infarction (AMI) in the last 25 years. This article seeks to investigate whether these advances have benefitted patients in all socio-economic groups and how this has impacted on inequality in case fatality. Forty three thousand eight hundred and forty three patients admitted with AMI in the period from 2001 to 2009 were included. Socio-economic position was measured using individual information on education. Age-standardized cumulative incidence of CAG within 1, 3 and 30 days along with age-standardized case fatality within 30 and 365 days were estimated. Cox regression models were used to model the relative inequality over time. Use of CAG within 1, 3 and 30 days increased for all educational groups over time and the inequality in CAG within 1 and 3 days seen in the beginning of the time frame was eliminated. Case fatality decreased in all educational groups and the relative inequality in 30 days case fatality decreased for women but not 365 days case fatality. No change was seen for inequality in case fatality for men. Increased use of CAG within the evidence based time frame was observed along with a decrease in inequality. However, a reduction in inequality was only observed for short term case fatality, and only for women. These results suggest that inequality in case fatality is not primarily driven by inequality in invasive management of AMI. © The Author 2015. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the European Public Health Association. All rights reserved.
    The European Journal of Public Health 09/2015; DOI:10.1093/eurpub/ckv156
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    ABSTRACT: The European population is aging. The main drivers of public spending on health care for people of 65 years and older are hospital admission and admission to long-term care facilities. High quality community care can be a cost-effective and quality solution to respond to the impact of ageing populations on health-care systems. It is unclear how well countries are equipped to provide affordable and quality community care. The aim of this article is to describe and compare community care delivery with care-dependent older people in Europe. METHODS: This study is conducted within the European Union-financed IBenC project [Identifying best practices for care-dependent elderly by Benchmarking Costs and outcomes of community care (FP7)] in which six European countries are involved. To compare the community care delivery with care-dependent older people in these countries, we performed a systematic comparison of macro indicators using metadata complemented with data from multinational surveys. RESULTS: Data on the following dimensions are described and compared: population of the country, governmental expenditures on health, sources of community health services funding, governmental vision and regulation on community care, community care organisations and care professionals, eligibility criteria for and equity in receiving care and the involvement of informal care. CONCLUSION: : Because of the variations in the European community care contexts, the growing demand for community care as a cost-effective and quality solution to the care burden of aging populations will have country-specific impacts. When learning from other countries' best practices, in addition to researchers, policy makers should take full account of local and national care contexts. © The Author 2015. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the European Public Health Association. All rights reserved.
    The European Journal of Public Health 09/2015; DOI:10.1093/eurpub/ckv152
  • The European Journal of Public Health 08/2015; DOI:10.1093/eurpub/ckv137
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    ABSTRACT: Experiencing adversities during upbringing has short-term and long-term effects on mental health. This study aims to explore how social adversities in adolescence predict trajectories of internalized mental health symptoms (IMHS), from adolescence and onward until middle age. Based on 1040 individuals from the Northern Swedish Cohort Study, a community-based cohort with 27 years of follow-up. We applied latent class growth analysis to extract trajectories of IMHS between ages 16 and 43. Multinomial logistic regression was used to study the association of social adversities (residential mobility, residential crowding, parental loss, unemployment of a parent, physical illness of a parent, mental illness or alcohol problems of a parent) in adolescence with IMHS trajectories. Five trajectory classes were identified: 'very low stable' (26% of the sample), 'low stable' (58%), 'moderate stable' (5%), 'increasing' (8%) and 'high decreasing' (3%). Both in men and women, reporting social adversities at the age of 16 increased the risk of belonging to the classes with less favourable development of IMHS. Reporting adversities was positively associated with the initial level of the IMHS trajectories. Thus it seems that the influence of adversities is more pronounced during the early years of follow-up and is attenuated over time. Experiencing social adversities in adolescence increases the risk of entering unfavourable developmental trajectories of mental health until middle age. © The Author 2015. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the European Public Health Association. All rights reserved.
    The European Journal of Public Health 08/2015; DOI:10.1093/eurpub/ckv150
  • The European Journal of Public Health 08/2015; DOI:10.1093/eurpub/ckv155