Special Issue "Health Behavior and Public Health"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2015)
Prof. Dr. Tetsuji Yamada (Website)
Professor of Health Economics, chairperson, Rutgers University, #330 Armitage Hall, 311 North 5th Street, Camden, NJ 08102, USA
Interests: health economics; economics of health behavior; public health and health promotion; economics of social welfare and public policy; health education
Dr. Chia-Ching Chen (Website)
Department of Epidemiology and Community Health, School of Health Sciences & Practice, Room #223, New York Medical College, Valhalla, NY 10595, USA
Interests: accessibility; disparities; psychosocial determinants associated with individual level outcomes
Health behavior change has become a central objective of public health and public health policy past years. During the past years, there has been a significant increase in public, private, and professional support in the public health field in preventing illness and maintaining good health by changing individuals’ lifestyle through behavioral changes. Another issues are accessibilities of healthcare services and an increase in health disparities. Along with this line, health literacy is another issue. Improvement of health and such support come from behavioral scientists, health educators, health promoters, health communicators, and governments. The influence of prevention within the health services has increased. It is important to underscore the application of behavioral and social science perspectives to research on contemporary health problems.
A decrease risk of morbidity and mortality basically depends on individual health behaviors, such as health literacy, behavioral decisions, equal access to healthcare. Understanding an influence on health behaviors and health risk factors is essential and associated with behavioral change which would be considered protective and health enhancing. Thus, Disease prevention, deterrence and early detection contribute to a healthy population, curbing a rapid increase in healthcare costs, and improving quality of life. In addition, issues on accessibility of health care and health disparities have become recent imperative concerns.
Assessment, interventions and evaluation of health and health behaviors are key elements to improve public health. Both public and private sectors provide preventive as well as treatment interventions. The augmented influence of prevention and maintenance of health and health policy would be coincided with increased multi-lateral levels with micro and macro aspects and cost-benefit/effectiveness analyses for allocation of resources is vital.
"Health Behavior and Public Health" explores research on health education, health communication, health behavioral changes, and public health policies, evaluates them with multilevel aspects, and exchanges knowledge in public health in interdisciplinary and international arenas.
Prof. Dr. Tetsuji Yamada
Dr. ChiaChing Chen
Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. Papers will be published continuously (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.
Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are refereed through a peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health is an international peer-reviewed Open Access monthly journal published by MDPI.
- healthy lifestyle
- behavioral change
- health literacy
- health disparities
- health interventions
- health education
- illness prevention
- youth, child, and risk behaviors
- health behaviors
- quality of life
- healthcare costs
- healthcare expenditures
- cost-benefit/effective analyses
- child birth and fertility
- aging society
- public health policy
The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.
Title: Challenges and Prospects of Socioeconomic Development and Environmental Problems in China
Authors: Chunyan Luo 1,2, Hongbin Liu1, Chaowen Lin2 and Yang Gao 3
Affiliation: 1 Institute of Agricultural Resources and Regional Planning, CAAS, Beijing 100081, P. R. China; E-Mails: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com
2 Institute of Soil and Fertilizer, Sichuan Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Chengdu 610066, P. R. China; E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
3 Key Laboratory of Ecosystem Network Observation and Modeling,, Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100101, P. R. China; E-Mail: email@example.com
Abstract: China's policymakers are being forced to balance socioeconomic development with the need for environmental protection. In this paper, we have briefly discussed the main characteristics of the environmental problems that will face China in the post-Olympics era (i.e., in the 21st century) and the challenges that must be met in order to develop policies to support environmental management. As our discussion in this paper shows, the negative effects of China's economic development on its environment will continue to rise for some time, despite strong efforts to reverse the situation. It will also be necessary to change China's resource-intensive mode of economic development, change the economic development philosophy to one in which controlling pollution is as important as economic development, and raise public awareness of the need for environmental protection.
Keywords: socioeconomic development; challenge; environmental problems; environmental protection
Type of Paper: Article
Title: Hazardous and Harmful Alcohol Use and Associated Factors in Tuberculosis Public Primary Care Patients in South Africa
Authors: Karl Peltzer1,2, Julia Louw1, Gugu Mchunu1, Pamela Naidoo1,3, Gladys Matseke1and Bomkazi Tutshana1
Affiliation: 1 HIV/STI and TB (HAST) Research Programme, Human Sciences Research Council, Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town, South Africa; E-Mails: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com
2 Department of Psychology, University of Limpopo, Turfloop, South Africa
3 Department of Psychology, University of the Western Cape, Cape Town, South Africa
Abstract: The aim of this study was to assess the prevalence of hazardous and harmful alcohol use and associated factors among patients with tuberculosis in South Africa. In a cross-sectional survey new tuberculosis (TB) and TB retreatment patients were consecutively screened using the Alcohol Use Disorder Identification Test (AUDIT) within one month of anti-tuberculosis treatment. The sample included 4900 (54.5% men and women 45.5%) tuberculosis patients from 42 primary care clinics in three districts. Results indicate that, overall 23.2% of the patients were hazardous or harmful alcohol drinkers, 31.8% of men and 13.0% of women were found to be hazardous drinkers, and 9.3% of men and 3.4% of women meet criteria for probable alcohol dependence (harmful drinking) as defined by the AUDIT. Men had significantly higher AUDIT scores than women. In multivariable analyses it was found that among men poor perceived health status, tobacco use, psychological distress, being a TB retreatment patient and not being on antiretroviral therapy (ART), and among women lower education, tobacco use and being a TB retreatment patient were associated with hazardous or harmful alcohol use. The study found a high prevalence of hazardous or harmful alcohol use among tuberculosis primary care patients. This calls for screening and brief intervention and a comprehensive alcohol treatment programme as a key component of TB management in South Africa.
Keywords: alcohol misuse; tobacco use; associated factors; tuberculosis patients; public primary care; South Africa
Type of Paper: Article
Title: Factors Affecting Cognitive Function in Older Adults: A Turkish Sample
Authors: Beyza Akdag 1,, Emine Aslan Telci 2 and Ugur Cavlak 2
Affiliation: 1 Pamukkale University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Biostatistics, Denizli, Turkey; E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
2 Pamukkale University, School of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation, Denizli, Turkey; E-Mails: email@example.com (E.A.T.); firstname.lastname@example.org (U.C.)
Abstract: The purpose of this study was to determine the influential factors of cognitive function of the older adults. 377 older adults (mean age; 74.71±6.15 years) were evaluated in this study. The Hodkinson Abbreviated Mental Test (AMT) was used to describe cognitive function of the sample. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) Health Related Quality of Life (HRQOL-4) survey tool was used to measure quality of life. Possible influential factors of cognitive function were also detected. The following independent variables age, gender, education level, residency, smoking habit, musculoskeletal pain, medication use, number of mentally unhealthy days, number of physically unhealthy days and activity limitation days were included in the logistic regression analysis. The results indicated that the elderly with cognitive impairment showed worse scores in terms of the three parameters of the CDC- HRQOL-4. The findings also indicate that the following variables were found to be significantly affecting factors cognitive function; (1) age, (2) residency (rest home), (3)smoking (yes or quit), (4) number of unhealthy mental days. Older adults should be assessed in terms of factors related to cognition, such as age, residency, smoking and mood in order to plan the most suitable geriatric care.
Keywords: cognition; geriatric assessment; quality of life
Title: Investigating Unmet HealthNeeds in Primary Health Care Services in a Representative Sample of the Greek Population
Title: Communication by Mothers with Breast Cancer or Melanoma with their Children
Title: Heat Waves and Climate Change: Predictors of Risk Perception and Adaptive Behaviours in Adelaide, South Australia
Title: Environmental and Sociodemographic Correlates of Various Types of Physical Activity among Community-Dwelling Middle-Aged and Elderly Japanese
Title: Screening and Brief Interventions for Hazardous and Harmful Alcohol Use among University Students in South Africa: Results from a Randomized Controlled Trial
Title: Regular Participation in Beneficial Health Activities is Associated with Better Physical, Mental, and Emotional Health in Independent Ambulatory Older Adults
Title: The Role of Community Centre-based Arts, Leisure and Social Activities in Promoting Adult Well-being and Healthy Lifestyles
Title: A Study of the Perception of Health Risk Among College Students in China
Title: An Evaluation of Healthcare Information on the Internet: The Case of Colorectal Cancer Prevention
Title: Female university students’ physical activity levels and associated factors – a cross sectional study in South Western Saudi Arabia