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: 2.46

Impact Factor Rankings

2015 Impact Factor Available summer 2015
2013 / 2014 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 2.93
Cited half-life 5.70
Immediacy index 0.47
Eigenfactor 0.01
Article influence 1.01
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: 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
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    ABSTRACT: Atopy commonly manifests itself as atopic diseases (ADs), namely asthma, eczema and hay fever. The prevalence of AD is rising worldwide, and it is widely accepted as a major public health issue, due to the significant burden of AD on health care systems. Data were obtained from the youth survey of the European Urban Health Indicator System 2 project. The study participants were students aged 14-16 years from Greater Manchester. The main outcomes measured were the prevalence of atopic symptoms and the factors associated with the development of atopy. Of the sample studied, 70% reported having had an AD during their lifetime. The lifetime prevalence of ever having asthma, eczema or hay fever was 33.4%, 28.1% and 49.0%, respectively. Gender, family affluence, body mass index, diet, smoking and worrying were all significantly associated with atopic symptoms. Smoking was the only variable to be significantly associated with all three ADs. Season of birth and pollution were not shown to be associated with atopic symptoms. This study demonstrates that the prevalence of AD in Greater Manchester was high amongst adolescents. Several environmental, demographic and social factors were found to be significantly associated with the development of atopic symptoms. This study provides a baseline for future studies to further investigate the factors that are associated with AD and allow for the implementation of preventative public health policy. © 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/ckv139
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    ABSTRACT: The aims of the cross-sectional study were to measure the extent of adherence to prescribed medications among patients affected by chronic diseases and to identify the predictors of the adherence. The study was conducted between March and December 2014 among 633 outpatients in four hospitals in Italy. Data were collected using a face to face interview at the time of their visit to the hospital. The Morisky Medication Adherence 4-item Scale was used to measure patients' self-reported adherence. The majority of the patients were male (51.7%), the mean age was 63.2 years, one-third had at least a high school diploma or equivalent, 34.6% was employed, and the main diseases were hypertension, diabetes, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. A total of 39.3% patients reported themselves as being adherent to medications over the 4 weeks preceding their medical specialist's visit. Patients were more likely to adhere to medications if they had a college degree or higher level of education, a higher score of the Katz index, took a lower number of total pills per day, and did not use pill organizers. Patients who have never forgotten to take medications over the 4 weeks preceding their medical specialist's visit were 46.1%. The findings emphasize the need for improving information for the individuals affected by chronic diseases concerning the risks of non-adherence in order to encourage responsible behaviour to prescribed medications. © 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/ckv147
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    ABSTRACT: Factors explaining disparities in risk of substance use between immigrants and natives and between immigrant subgroups are poorly understood. We aimed to describe such disparities and identify some explanatory factors in Spain. Participants were residents aged 15-64 years from 2005 to 07 nationally representative surveys. Outcomes were prevalences of alcohol, tobacco, sedative-hypnotics, cannabis and other illegal substance use. Immigrants were recent if <5 years of Spanish stay and long term if ≥10 years. Country-of-origin income per capita and population level of substance use were taken from international databases. Adjusted prevalence ratios (aPRs) and percent change from Poisson regression with robust variance were used to estimate risk disparities and effects of immigration variables. Most immigrants had lower substance use than natives, although it generally increased with increasing Spanish stay, especially for illegal substances. This lower risk could be partially explained by country-of-origin contextual factors as a lower level of income or substance use and religious or cultural factors such as Islam. By origin, recent immigrant aPRs and convergence-divergence risk patterns were, respectively, as follows: lower aPRs with upward convergence (often incomplete) toward natives' risk in immigrants from Muslim area, Eastern-Europe and Latin-America excluding South-Cone, lower/similar aPRs with upward overtaking or divergent patterns in South-Cone Americans and similar/higher aPRs with stable or upward divergent patterns in Non-Eastern-Europeans. Spain is a host context that seems to facilitate increased substance use among immigrants, even those from countries with prevalences close to Spain. However, country-of-origin context is important in explaining disparities in substance use among immigrants. © 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/ckv144
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    ABSTRACT: Active smoking is a well-established risk factor for coronary heart disease (CHD). However, the role of second-hand smoking (SHS) needs further investigation. We aimed to study the association between SHS and CHD in Arab women in Israel. A matched case-control study among non-smoking Arab women. The case group included women discharged from hospital after having acute coronary event. The control group was women without CHD who were individually matched for age and type-2 diabetes. The women were interviewed with structured questionnaires on exposure to SHS and on attitudes towards such exposure, and underwent anthropometric measurements. A total of 146 women were included, the majority had type-2 diabetes (68.5%) and were overweight or obese (89.4% of cases and 93.2% of controls, P = 0.727). The prevalence of exposure to domestic-SHS after marriage was higher among the cases than controls (91.8% vs. 53.4%, P < 0.001). After adjustment for hypertension, body mass index > 25 and family history, exposure to domestic-SHS after marriage was an independent risk factor for CHD (OR = 6.1, 95% CI 1.93-19.3). Compared with no exposure, the exposed for 2-6 h a day had an OR of 5.68 (1.48-21.73), and for >6 h a day the OR reached 26.12 (4.26-159.92). Women with CHD felt less comfortable voicing their concern about smoking near them and more highly agreed with prohibition of smoking. Exposure to domestic-SHS is independently associated with CHD in Arab women, with a strong dose-response relationship, emphasizing the need for public health initiatives to reduce exposure to domestic-SHS. © 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/ckv143
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    ABSTRACT: This study investigated return to cervical screening rates for 112 451 under-screened mothers of daughters offered Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination over two school academic years and a comparator group of women with no vaccine-eligible daughter. Mothers returned to screening more often than the comparator group: odds ratio (OR) 1.04 (95% confidence intervals 1.02-1.07) for lapsed and 1.57 (1.48-1.67) for never screened. Screening return was significantly higher in the year prior to HPV vaccination for lapsed mothers (OR = 1.06) and in the current vaccination year for lapsed and never screened mothers (OR = 1.05 and 1.16 respectively). The modest increase in screening attendance indicates a potential for the HPV vaccine programme to increase screening uptake of mothers. © 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/ckv146
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    ABSTRACT: Previous studies have shown that substance use among homeless people is a prevalent problem that is associated with longer durations of homelessness. Most studies of substance use among the homeless were carried out outside Europe and have limited generalizability to European countries. This study therefore aimed to address the prevalence of substance use among homeless people in the Netherlands, the pattern of their use and the relationship with housing status at follow-up. This study included 344 participants (67.1% of the initial cohort) who were followed from baseline to 18 months after the baseline interview. Multinomial logistic regression analyses examined the relationship between substance use and housing status. The most reported substances which were used among these homeless people were cannabis (43.9%) and alcohol (≥5 units on one occasion) (30.7%). Other substances were used by around 5% or less of the participants. Twenty-seven percent were classified as substance misuser and 20.9% as substance dependent. The odds to be marginally housed (4.14) or institutionalized (2.12) at follow-up compared to being housed of participants who were substance users were significantly higher than those of participants who did not use substances. The odds to be homeless were more than twice as high (2.80) for participants who were substance dependent compared with those who were not. Homeless people who use substances have a more disadvantageous housing situation at follow-up than homeless people who do not use substances. Attention is needed to prevent and reduce long-term homelessness among substance-using homeless people. © 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/ckv142
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    ABSTRACT: To justify alcohol-related health promotion programs and target them at the correct workplaces, it is important to identify occupations with increased risk of severe health outcomes caused by alcohol. Data on hospital admissions (854 555 men and 801 653 women) from the Finnish health care register and data on deaths from Statistics Finland from 1 January 2001 to 31 December 2004 were merged with information from the 2000 population census. We assessed the age- and education-adjusted relationship between occupation and the sum of hospitalizations and death primarily caused by alcohol, using Cox proportional hazards regression. We also estimated the fraction of incidence of severe alcohol-induced health outcomes that are attributable to factors related to one's occupation (population attributable fraction). Most of the cases were men (80%), middle-aged and usually had no more than a secondary level of education. When the reference was professionals, who were at the lowest risk, those at increased risk were mostly manual workers in craft work, construction and service. However, we also found several non-manual occupations at a high risk. According to population attributable fraction, the proportion of severe alcohol-induced health outcomes would have been 31% lower among men and 20% lower among women if all occupational groups had been at the same risk as professionals. We detected considerable occupational differences in alcohol-induced morbidity and mortality among a nationally representative working population. This indicates a need for alcohol-focused health promotion programs in these high-risk occupations. © 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/ckv145
  • The European Journal of Public Health 08/2015; DOI:10.1093/eurpub/ckv138
  • The European Journal of Public Health 08/2015; 25(4):551-2. DOI:10.1093/eurpub/ckv002
  • The European Journal of Public Health 08/2015; 25(4):553-4. DOI:10.1093/eurpub/ckv117
  • The European Journal of Public Health 07/2015; DOI:10.1093/eurpub/ckv136
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    ABSTRACT: Little is known about the influence of lifetime socio-economic position (SEP) on adult depression. We examined the association of SEP during the life course with depressive mood in late midlife and explored whether cognitive function at age 20, health-related behaviour and inflammatory biomarkers explained any associations. A cohort of 2482 Danish men born in 1953 with information from birth, and conscript board examinations was followed-up with assessment of depressive mood and blood sampling in 2010. Simple and multiple linear regression were used to investigate associations among variables. Social circumstances during the life course were associated with depressive mood. Further, low lifetime SEP was associated with lower cognitive score, smoking, alcohol use, high body mass index (BMI) and increased level of high sensitive ProReactive Protein and Interleukin-6. These covariables were also associated with depressive mood and when they were included into the regression model together with life time SEP, the β-estimates for the latter attenuated, when smoking, alcohol and BMI were entered, while the inclusion of cognitive function and the inflammatory biomarkers had limited effect on the relation between lifetime SEP and depressive mood. Lifetime SEP was associated with depressive mood and health-related behaviour explained a part of the relation. © 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 07/2015; DOI:10.1093/eurpub/ckv134
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    ABSTRACT: Despite much research focusing on the impact of the city condition upon health, there still remains a lack of consensus over what constitutes an urban area (UA). This study was conducted to establish comparable boundaries for the UAs participating in EURO-URHIS 2, and to test whether the sample reflected the heterogeneity of urban living. Key UA contacts (n = 28) completed a cross-sectional questionnaire, which included where available comparison between Urban Audit city and larger urban zone (LUZ) boundaries and public health administration areas (PHAAs). Additionally, broad health and demographic indicators were sought to test for heterogeneity of the EURO-URHIS 2 sample. Urban Audit city boundaries were found to be suitable for data collection in 100% (n = 21) of UAs where Urban Audit data were available. The remainder (n = 7) identified PHAA boundaries akin to the 'city' level. Heterogeneity was observed in the sample for population size and infant mortality rate. Heterogeneity could not be established for male and female life expectancy. This study was able to establish comparable boundaries for EURO-URHIS 2 data collection, with the 'city' area being selected for data collection. The homogeneity of life expectancy indicators was reflective of sub-regional similarities in life expectancy, whilst population estimates and rates of infant mortality indicated the presence of heterogeneity within the sample. Future work would trial these methods with a larger number of indicators and for a larger number of UAs. © 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 07/2015; DOI:10.1093/eurpub/ckv116
  • The European Journal of Public Health 07/2015; DOI:10.1093/eurpub/ckv101