Bulletin of the World Health Organisation (B WORLD HEALTH ORGAN)

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
Year

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 1564-0604
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: To evaluate the effect of a smoking ban in high schools on smoking behaviour among Chilean students. We conducted an interrupted time-series analysis, using repeated cross-sectional data from Chile's school population survey (2000-2011) for high-school students aged 12-18 years and a control group of persons aged 19-24 years. Poisson regression models were used to assess trends in smoking behaviour before and after the policy changes. The outcome measures were self-reported smoking prevalence (any smoking in the past month) and high frequency of smoking (smoking 15 days or more per month). From 2005 to 2011, the prevalence of smoking declined among high-school students by 6.8% per year compared with 3.6% decline per year in the control group. The decline in the target group was 2.9% (95% confidence interval, CI: 0.18 to 5.00) greater. We estimated that 5-6 years after enforcing the law, smoking prevalence among high-school students was 13.7% lower as a result of the ban. The impact of the smoking ban was primarily driven by declines in smoking prevalence among students in grades 8 to 10. The smoking ban did not significantly alter the frequency of smoking. The 2005 school smoking ban reduced smoking prevalence among younger high-school students in Chile. Further interventions targeting older individuals and frequent smokers may be needed.
    Bulletin of the World Health Organisation 07/2015; 93(7):468-75. DOI:10.2471/BLT.14.146092
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    ABSTRACT: To estimate the absolute wealth of households using data from demographic and health surveys. We developed a new metric, the absolute wealth estimate, based on the rank of each surveyed household according to its material assets and the assumed shape of the distribution of wealth among surveyed households. Using data from 156 demographic and health surveys in 66 countries, we calculated absolute wealth estimates for households. We validated the method by comparing the proportion of households defined as poor using our estimates with published World Bank poverty headcounts. We also compared the accuracy of absolute versus relative wealth estimates for the prediction of anthropometric measures. The median absolute wealth estimates of 1 403 186 households were 2056 international dollars per capita (interquartile range: 723-6103). The proportion of poor households based on absolute wealth estimates were strongly correlated with World Bank estimates of populations living on less than 2.00 United States dollars per capita per day (R(2) = 0.84). Absolute wealth estimates were better predictors of anthropometric measures than relative wealth indexes. Absolute wealth estimates provide new opportunities for comparative research to assess the effects of economic resources on health and human capital, as well as the long-term health consequences of economic change and inequality.
    Bulletin of the World Health Organisation 07/2015; 93(7):483-90. DOI:10.2471/BLT.14.147082
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    Bulletin of the World Health Organisation 07/2015; 93(7):438-438A. DOI:10.2471/BLT.15.155952
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    ABSTRACT: To calculate the effect of using two different sets of disability weights for estimates of disability-adjusted life-years (DALYs) averted by interventions delivered in one hospital in India. DALYs averted by surgical and non-surgical interventions were estimated for 3445 patients who were admitted to a 106-bed private hospital in a semi-urban area of northern India in 2012-2013. Disability weights were taken from global burden of disease (GBD) studies. We used the GBD 1990 disability weights and then repeated all of our calculations using the corresponding GBD 2010 weights. DALYs averted were estimated for surgical and non-surgical interventions using disability weight, risk of death and/or disability, and effectiveness of treatment. The disability weights assigned in the GBD 1990 study to the sequelae of conditions such as cataract, cancer and injuries were substantially different to those assigned in the GBD 2010 study. These differences in weights led to large differences in estimates of DALYs averted. For all surgical interventions delivered to this patient cohort, 11 517 DALYs were averted if we used the GDB 1990 weights and 9401 DALYs were averted if we used the GDB 2010 disability weights. For non-surgical interventions 5168 DALYs were averted using the GDB 1990 disability weights and 5537 DALYS were averted using the GDB 2010 disability weights. Estimates of the effectiveness of hospital interventions depend upon the disability weighting used. Researchers and resource allocators need to be very cautious when comparing results from studies that have used different sets of disability weights.
    Bulletin of the World Health Organisation 07/2015; 93(7):476-82. DOI:10.2471/BLT.14.147900
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    ABSTRACT: It is difficult to deliver adequate training for people working in rabies control in low and middle-income countries. Popular e-learning systems for low-income settings are not well suited to developing and testing practical skills, including laboratory methods. We customized training in rabies control methods for African professionals and students from different disciplines. Trainees participated in preparatory online sessions, evaluations and exercises before and after a 12-day workshop. Trainees and mentors continued to interact through an online forum up to one year after the workshop. In Africa, 15 000 deaths from rabies occur each year due to a lack of awareness, inaccessibility of post-exposure prophylaxis, inadequate or absent canine rabies-control programmes and lack of governmental financial support. Thirty two trainees - working in health departments, hospitals, veterinary stations and research institutes - were selected to participate; 28 completed the course and passed the final evaluation. Pilot rabies investigation programmes were developed, and two manuscripts submitted for publication. An online forum facilitated further progress for a year after the workshop. A combination of customized online and onsite training is suitable for teaching disease-control personnel in low-income countries. Participation in this course enabled trainees to advocate for the development of national disease-control strategies. Mentoring is needed to develop a strong network of experts in similar settings.
    Bulletin of the World Health Organisation 07/2015; 93(7):503-6. DOI:10.2471/BLT.14.149849
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    Bulletin of the World Health Organisation 07/2015; 93(7):439. DOI:10.2471/BLT.15.158998