Perspectives in Public Health (PERSPECT PUBLIC HEAL)

Publisher: Royal Society for Public Health, SAGE Publications

Journal description

Current impact factor: 1.09

Impact Factor Rankings

2015 Impact Factor Available summer 2015
2009 Impact Factor

Additional details

5-year impact 1.11
Cited half-life 0.00
Immediacy index 0.12
Eigenfactor 0.00
Article influence 0.28
ISSN 1757-9139
OCLC 301318232
Material type Document, Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Internet Resource, Computer File, Journal / Magazine / Newspaper

Publisher details

SAGE Publications

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  • Classification
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Publications in this journal

  • Perspectives in Public Health 05/2015; 135(3):122-3. DOI:10.1177/1757913915580928
  • Perspectives in Public Health 05/2015; 135(3):124-6. DOI:10.1177/1757913915580930
  • Perspectives in Public Health 05/2015; 135(3):128-9. DOI:10.1177/1757913914566546
  • Perspectives in Public Health 05/2015; 135(3):126-7. DOI:10.1177/1757913915580926
  • Perspectives in Public Health 05/2015; 135(3):121-2. DOI:10.1177/1757913915580929
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    ABSTRACT: This short report explores the key findings from a review(1) of information on health trainers in 2013/2014 which had a particular focus on mental health and wellbeing. After summarising the key findings of the review, it focuses on mental health, briefly exploring the links between mental and physical health before discussing what differences engagement with a health trainer made to people's sense of self-efficacy and wellbeing. Health trainers are a non-clinical workforce introduced in 2004,(2) who receive training in competencies to enable them to support people in disadvantaged communities to improve their health.(3) The population groups or settings that health trainers focus on varies from service to service, but all work one-to-one, most spending at least an hour with a client at their first appointment, supporting and enabling them to decide what they want to do. The emphasis is on the client determining their own priorities and how to achieve them. Generally, health trainers see clients for a total of six sessions, where how to achieve goals and progress towards them is discussed. The Data Collection and Reporting System (DCRS) is used by approximately 60% of Health Trainer Services to record monitoring data. Around 90% of Health Trainer Services using DCRS record ethnographic data on health trainers and clients, plus the issues clients worked on and the progress they made. There is also a wide range of other data which can be recorded, including before and after mental health and wellbeing scores. We were given access to aggregate data in order to conduct an analysis. Descriptive statistics were generated to calculate percentage change pre- to post-intervention. A total of 1,377 (= 919 full time equivalents) health trainers were recorded in the DCRS system as working with 97,248 clients in England during 2013/2014. The health trainer model embodies the principle of lay support,(4) and services aim to recruit a high proportion of their staff from similar backgrounds to their clients. They have been reasonably successful with 32% of health trainers coming from the most deprived areas (Quintile 1),(i) with a further 20% from Quintile 2. In all, 40% percent of health trainers lived in the same areas as their clients. © Royal Society for Public Health 2015.
    Perspectives in Public Health 05/2015; 135(3):130-2. DOI:10.1177/1757913915579131
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    ABSTRACT: Numerous interventions have been designed to impact children's diet in the elementary school setting. One popular strategy is to label foods in the elementary cafeteria as more or less healthy. An example is the Coordinated Approach To Child Health (CATCH) labels of 'go', 'slow', or 'whoa' foods. In many respects, this has been successful, as food purveyors have responded by offering more healthy versions of popular foods (e.g. hamburgers with a high soy content) in an effort to avoid the less healthy, 'whoa' label. While this provides an obvious benefit to children's dietary choices and overall risk of obesity, it may have the unintended consequence of not setting up youth to make healthy choices in the environment outside of schools where these foods have not been altered. In response, the current study was designed to compare school labels and registered dietitian (RD) recommendations of common elementary lunch options. In the spring of 2010, 28 RDs provided their recommendation of 'generally healthy, choose often'; 'generally less healthy, choose less often'; and 'generally unhealthy, choose rarely' for 48 common school lunch options. RDs were not told how schools categorised each selection. Kappa analyses were used to determine agreement between school labels and RD recommendations. Results indicate some disagreement between school labels and RD recommendations, with higher fat/calorie entrées showing greater discrepancies. Given these inconsistencies, nutrition education in schools should be designed to help children and their parents understand how foods offered in school may differ from those outside the school environment. © Royal Society for Public Health 2015.
    Perspectives in Public Health 04/2015; DOI:10.1177/1757913915581184
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    ABSTRACT: The aims of this study were to explore the barriers to the implementation and progression of the Healthy Living Pharmacy (HLP) framework, from both provider and commissioner perspectives, and to ascertain whether the successes and barriers of the framework perceived by pharmacies are shared with commissioners. A structured qualitative interview study, using purposive sampling, was undertaken with 11 community pharmacists and 11 Healthy Living Champions (providers) from HLPs in the north of England. Four commissioners of such services were also interviewed. Interviews were analysed using a thematic approach. There were many aspects of the HLP framework that the service 'providers' were positive about, namely, workforce development, engagement (particularly with the smoking cessation service) and as a motivation for pharmacy teams. However, there were areas of concern about low awareness among pharmacy users, the time involved in delivery, as well as financial considerations. These were exemplified by the health checks element. Commissioners also expressed concerns about health checks as well as a lack of cohesion between commissioners and service providers and a poor understanding of the broader framework. The HLP framework was perceived as valuable by providers although there were areas of concern. A key barrier to the framework - perceived by both providers and commissioners - was the implementation of health checks. This should be considered in future commissioning. © Royal Society for Public Health 2015.
    Perspectives in Public Health 04/2015; DOI:10.1177/1757913915579457
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    ABSTRACT: A century ago, it was widely believed that high levels of daylight in classrooms could prevent myopia, and as such, education departments built schools with large windows to try to stop children becoming short-sighted. This practice continued until the 1960s, from which time myopia was believed to be an inherited condition. In the years that followed, less emphasis was placed on preventing myopia. It has since become more common, reaching epidemic levels in east Asia. Recent research strongly suggests that the amount of light children get as they grow determines whether they will develop short sight; however, evidence that daylight in classrooms prevents myopia is lacking. Given the rapid increase in prevalence among school children worldwide, this should be investigated. © Royal Society for Public Health 2015.
    Perspectives in Public Health 03/2015; DOI:10.1177/1757913915576679
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    ABSTRACT: The current outbreak of Ebola is the largest and most complex Ebola outbreak to date. In the United Kingdom, the outbreak has been defined as a level 4 incident, which could have a severe public health impact. Rebecca Nunn, Mohammed Jawad, Helen Cruickshank, Robin Poole, Caroline Vass and Simon Fraser from Health Education Wessex analyse the process of Ebola screening in UK ports of entry and reflect on their experiences to date.
    Perspectives in Public Health 03/2015; 135(2):66-67. DOI:10.1177/1757913915570778
  • Perspectives in Public Health 03/2015; 135(2):71-2. DOI:10.1177/1757913914566550
  • Perspectives in Public Health 03/2015; 135(2):73-4. DOI:10.1177/1757913914566549
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    ABSTRACT: Energy drink consumption has been associated with a variety of health risk behaviours, yet little research has explored the relationship between energy drinks and dietary behaviours of emerging adults. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to explore the relationship between energy drink consumption and dietary behaviours among energy drink users and non-users within a sample of college youth. College freshmen (n = 585, m age = 18.7 years; 47% non-Hispanic White, 20.9% Hispanic, 25.5% Asian, 2.7% non-Hispanic Black and 4.4% other; 56% female), at a large, southwest university self-reported their energy drink consumption in the past week and a variety of dietary behaviours, including past week soda, diet soda, pre-packaged salty snacks, pre-packaged sweet snacks, fast food, restaurant food, frozen food, fruits, vegetables, milk and breakfast consumption. Linear regression analyses were run to determine associations between energy drink consumption and dietary behaviour among users and non-users of energy drinks. Analyses controlled for gender, race/ethnicity and body mass index (BMI). Overall, 17.5% of students had consumed energy drinks in the past week. Energy drink users were more likely to be male, White and have a greater BMI. Students also reported low past week intake of fruits, vegetables, milk and breakfast. Past week energy drink consumption was associated with increased soda and frozen meal consumption. Given a rapidly expanding energy drink market, future dietary interventions among college youth may want to consider the implications of energy drinks, as results of this study suggest consumption of these beverages is associated with unhealthy dietary behaviours and a greater BMI. © Royal Society for Public Health 2015.
    Perspectives in Public Health 02/2015; DOI:10.1177/1757913914565388
  • Perspectives in Public Health 01/2015; 135(1):24-6. DOI:10.1177/1757913914563247
  • Perspectives in Public Health 01/2015; 135(1):21-3. DOI:10.1177/1757913914561701
  • Perspectives in Public Health 01/2015; 135(1):18-20. DOI:10.1177/1757913914561673
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    ABSTRACT: There is increasing recognition of the health and social needs of ex-service personnel, but the UK evidence base on interventions is small. This article presents the findings from an evaluation of a vocational case management programme co-funded by the National Health Service (NHS) to prevent ill health among ex-service personnel. Qualitative, semi-structured interviews with 15 ex-service personnel were conducted. Five interviews with case management staff were also undertaken. Data were transcribed, thematically coded and analysed using NVivo. Ex-service personnel valued the service and consistently highlighted 'being listened to', 'being made to feel valued by programme staff', 'having their problems taken seriously' and 'being treated as an individual' as the most valuable aspects of the programme. Respondents particularly valued the personal support that case managers provided and the environment in which the service was delivered. Case management is a viable way in which the military, health professionals and support services can provide ongoing support for ex-service personnel in transitioning successfully to civilian life. © Royal Society for Public Health 2014.
    Perspectives in Public Health 01/2015; 135(1):37-42. DOI:10.1177/1757913914555747