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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419891/i-care-even-after-the-first-impression-facial-appearance-based-evaluations-in-healthcare-context
#1
Katia Mattarozzi, Valentina Colonnello, Francesco De Gioia, Alexander Todorov
PURPOSE: Prior research has demonstrated that healthcare providers' implicit biases may contribute to healthcare disparities. Independent research in social psychology indicates that facial appearance-based evaluations affect social behavior in a variety of domains, influencing political, legal, and economic decisions. Whether and to what extent these evaluations influence approach behavior in healthcare contexts warrants research attention. Here we investigate the impact of facial appearance-based evaluations of trustworthiness on healthcare providers' caring inclination, and the moderating role of experience and information about the social identity of the faces...
April 12, 2017: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414937/accessibility-of-tertiary-hospitals-in-finland-a-comparison-of-administrative-and-normative-catchment-areas
#2
Tiina Huotari, Harri Antikainen, Timo Keistinen, Jarmo Rusanen
The determination of an appropriate catchment area for a hospital providing highly specialized (i.e. tertiary) health care is typically a trade-off between ensuring adequate client volumes and maintaining reasonable accessibility for all potential clients. This may pose considerable challenges, especially in sparsely inhabited regions. In Finland, tertiary health care is concentrated in five university hospitals, which provide services in their dedicated catchment areas. This study utilizes Geographic Information Systems (GIS), together with grid-based population data and travel-time estimates, to assess the spatial accessibility of these hospitals...
April 11, 2017: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412640/is-a-hilly-neighborhood-environment-associated-with-diabetes-mellitus-among-older-people-results-from-the-jages-2010-study
#3
Takeo Fujiwara, Iseki Takamoto, Airi Amemiya, Masamichi Hanazato, Norimichi Suzuki, Yuiko Nagamine, Yuri Sasaki, Yukako Tani, Aki Yazawa, Yosuke Inoue, Kokoro Shirai, Yugo Shobugawa, Naoki Kondo, Katsunori Kondo
BACKGROUND: Although living in a hilly environment may promote muscular activity in the daily lives of residents, and such activity may prevent diabetes mellitus, few studies have focused on the impact of living in a hilly environment on diabetes mellitus. The purpose of this study was to investigate the impact of a hilly neighborhood environment on DM in older people. METHODS: We used data from the Japan Gerontological Evaluation Study, a population-based, cross-sectional study of individuals aged 65 or older without long-term care needs in Japan, which was conducted in 2010...
April 10, 2017: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411524/the-network-structure-of-sex-partner-meeting-places-reported-by-hiv-infected-msm-opportunities-for-hiv-targeted-control
#4
Meredith Brantley, Christina Schumacher, Jamie Perin, Amelia Greiner Safi, Jonathan M Ellen, Ravikiran Muvva, Patrick Chaulk, Jacky M Jennings
Baltimore, Maryland ranks among U.S. cities with the highest incidence of HIV infection among men who have sex with men (MSM). HIV screening at sex partner meeting places or venues frequented by MSM with new diagnoses and/or high HIV viral load may reduce transmission by identifying and linking infected individuals to care. We investigated venue-based clustering of newly diagnosed MSM to identify high HIV transmission venues. HIV surveillance data from MSM diagnosed between October 2012-June 2014 and reporting ≥1 sex partner meeting place were examined...
April 7, 2017: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410759/state-level-immigration-and-immigrant-focused-policies-as-drivers-of-latino-health-disparities-in-the-united-states
#5
Morgan M Philbin, Morgan Flake, Mark L Hatzenbuehler, Jennifer S Hirsch
There has been a great deal of state-level legislative activity focused on immigration and immigrants over the past decade in the United States. Some policies aim to improve access to education, transportation, benefits, and additional services while others constrain such access. From a social determinants of health perspective, social and economic policies are intrinsically health policies, but research on the relationship between state-level immigration-related policies and Latino health remains scarce. This paper summarizes the existing evidence about the range of state-level immigration policies that affect Latino health, indicates conceptually plausible but under-explored relationships between policy domains and Latino health, traces the mechanisms through which immigration policies might shape Latino health, and points to key areas for future research...
April 7, 2017: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411525/health-access-to-care-among-working-age-lower-income-adults-in-the-great-recession-disparities-across-race-and-ethnicity-and-geospatial-factors
#6
Samuel D Towne, Janice C Probst, James W Hardin, Bethany A Bell, Saundra Glover
In the United States (US) and elsewhere, residents of low resource areas face health-related disparities, and may experience different outcomes throughout times of severe economic flux. We aimed to identify individual (e.g. sociodemographic) and environmental (e.g. region, rurality) factors associated with self-reported health and forgone medical care due to the cost of treatment in the US across the Great Recession (2008-2009). We analyzed nationally representative data (2004-2010) using the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System in the US...
April 6, 2017: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407566/-i-started-working-because-i-was-hungry-the-consequences-of-food-insecurity-for-children-s-well-being-in-rural-ethiopia
#7
Virginia Morrow, Yisak Tafere, Nardos Chuta, Ina Zharkevich
Food insecurity, the state of being without reliable access to a sufficient quantity of safe, nutritious food, is a persistent problem in rural Ethiopia. However, little qualitative research has explored how food insecurity affects children over time, from their point of view. What are the effects of economic 'shocks' such as illness, death, loss of livestock, drought and inflation on availability of food, and children's well-being? To what extent do social protection schemes (in this case, the Productive Safety Net Programme) mitigate the long-term effects of food insecurity for children? The paper uses a life-course approach, drawing on analysis of four rounds of qualitative longitudinal research conducted in 2007, 2008, 2011 and 2014, with eight case study children, as part of Young Lives, an ongoing cohort study...
April 6, 2017: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427731/social-identity-and-support-for-counteracting-tobacco-company-marketing-that-targets-vulnerable-populations
#8
Sabeeh A Baig, Jessica K Pepper, Jennifer C Morgan, Noel T Brewer
RATIONALE: Tobacco companies use advertising to target vulnerable populations, including youth, racial/ethnic minorities, and sexual minorities. OBJECTIVE: We sought to examine how personal identity affects support for population-specific anti-smoking advertisements that could serve as countermeasures to industry marketing practices. METHODS: In 2014-2015, we surveyed probability phone samples of adults and adolescents (n = 6,139) and an online convenience sample of adults (n = 4,137) in the United States...
April 4, 2017: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407601/changes-in-household-food-insecurity-are-related-to-changes-in-bmi-and-diet-quality-among-michigan-head-start-preschoolers-in-a-sex-specific-manner
#9
Erica C Jansen, Nicole Kasper, Julie C Lumeng, Holly E Brophy Herb, Mildred A Horodynski, Alison L Miller, Dawn Contreras, Karen E Peterson
Children living in households that have recently become food insecure may be particularly vulnerable to adverse weight and dietary changes, but longitudinal studies examining these associations are lacking. Using data from 501 Head Start preschoolers from Michigan (48% male) who were followed during one school year as a part of a randomized obesity prevention trial, we examined changes in children's adiposity indices and dietary quality according to changes in household food insecurity. Household food insecurity change status was categorized as persistently food secure, became food secure, persistently food insecure, or became food insecure...
April 4, 2017: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411523/doctors-experience-of-coordination-across-care-levels-and-associated-factors-a-cross-sectional-study-in-public-healthcare-networks-of-six-latin-american-countries
#10
María-Luisa Vázquez, Ingrid Vargas, Irene Garcia-Subirats, Jean-Pierre Unger, Pierre De Paepe, Amparo Susana Mogollón-Pérez, Isabella Samico, Pamela Eguiguren, Angelica-Ivonne Cisneros, Adriana Huerta, María-Cecilia Muruaga, Fernando Bertolotto
Improving coordination between primary care (PC) and secondary care (SC) has become a policy priority in recent years for many Latin American public health systems looking to reinforce a healthcare model based on PC. However, despite being a longstanding concern, it has scarcely been analyzed in this region. This paper analyses the level of clinical coordination between PC and SC experienced by doctors and explores influencing factors in public healthcare networks of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Uruguay...
April 3, 2017: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28390227/the-effect-of-employment-transitions-on-physical-health-among-the-elderly-in-south-korea-a-longitudinal-analysis-of-the-korean-retirement-and-income-study
#11
Juyeon Lee, Myoung-Hee Kim
This study aims to answer three research questions: First, is the positive effect of retirement on physical health replicated in Korea? Second, is there any difference in health effects of employment transition according to employment status? Third, to what extent do monetary, non-monetary and work-related factors explain the effects of employment transitions on changes in physical health? The longitudinal panel data from five waves of the Korea Retirement and Income Study was used. We conducted (a) the pooled cross-sectional analysis, which used five-wave pooled data; and (b) the fixed-effects analyses to investigate how within-individual changes in employment status correspond to changes in subjective physical health among older adults aged 55 to 84...
April 3, 2017: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28404321/county-level-racial-prejudice-and-the-black-white-gap-in-infant-health-outcomes
#12
Jacob Orchard, Joseph Price
OBJECTIVE: Black mothers are 60 percent more likely than white mothers to have preterm births and twice as likely to have a baby with low birth weight. We examine whether these black-white gaps in birth outcomes are larger in counties with higher levels of racial prejudice. METHOD: We use data from the restricted-use natality files in the United States, which provide information on birth weight, gestation, and maternal characteristics for over 31 million births from 2002 to 2012, combined with county-level data measures of both explicit and implicit racial prejudice from Project Implicit from over a million individuals who took the Implicit Association Test during this same period...
March 29, 2017: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28392011/rationing-hepatitis-c-treatment-in-the-context-of-austerity-policies-in-france-and-cameroon-a-transnational-perspective-on-the-pharmaceuticalization-of-healthcare-systems
#13
Fanny Chabrol, Pierre-Marie David, Gaëlle Krikorian
New powerful drugs against hepatitis C can cure the disease, but they are not widely distributed because their exorbitant prices are destabilizing healthcare systems in both African and European countries. This article takes access to hepatitis C treatments since 2013 in France and in Cameroon as a lens to analyze the rationing of pharmaceutical treatments in relation to recent transformations of health systems. Access to these treatments is analyzed thanks to ethnographic observation and interviews lead in Paris and Yaoundé, with patients, associations, health professionals and public health experts...
March 28, 2017: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28372829/the-weight-of-racism-vigilance-and-racial-inequalities-in-weight-related-measures
#14
Margaret T Hicken, Hedwig Lee, Anna K Hing
In the United States, racial/ethnic inequalities in obesity are well-documented, particularly among women. Using the Chicago Community Adult Health Study, a probability-based sample in 2001-2003 (N = 3105), we examined the roles of discrimination and vigilance in racial inequalities in two weight-related measures, body mass index (BMI) and waist circumference (WC), viewed through a cultural racism lens. Cultural racism creates a social environment in which Black Americans bear the stigma burden of their racial group while White Americans are allowed to view themselves as individuals...
March 28, 2017: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28371630/is-foreign-direct-investment-good-for-health-in-low-and-middle-income-countries-an-instrumental-variable-approach
#15
Darren K Burns, Andrew P Jones, Yevgeniy Goryakin, Marc Suhrcke
There is a scarcity of quantitative research into the effect of FDI on population health in low and middle income countries (LMICs). This paper investigates the relationship using annual panel data from 85 LMICs between 1974 and 2012. When controlling for time trends, country fixed effects, correlation between repeated observations, relevant covariates, and endogeneity via a novel instrumental variable approach, we find FDI to have a beneficial effect on overall health, proxied by life expectancy. When investigating age-specific mortality rates, we find a stronger beneficial effect of FDI on adult mortality, yet no association with either infant or child mortality...
March 28, 2017: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28371627/the-problem-of-choice-from-the-voluntary-way-to-affordable-care-act-health-insurance-exchanges
#16
Jessica Mulligan
This article takes a genealogical and ethnographic approach to the problem of choice, arguing that what choice means has been reworked several times since health insurance first figured prominently in national debates about health reform. Whereas voluntary choice of doctor and hospital used to be framed as an American right, contemporary choice rhetoric includes consumer choice of insurance plan. Understanding who has deployed choice rhetoric and to what ends helps explain how offering choices has become the common sense justification for defending and preserving the exclusionary health care system in the United States...
March 28, 2017: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402905/acceptable-health-and-priority-weighting-discussing-a-reference-level-approach-using-sufficientarian-reasoning
#17
S Wouters, N J A van Exel, K I M Rohde, J J Vromen, W B F Brouwer
Health care systems are challenged in allocating scarce health care resources, which are typically insufficient to fulfil all health care wants and needs. One criterion for priority setting may be the 'acceptable health' approach, which suggests that society may want to assign higher priority to health benefits in people with "unacceptable" than in people with "acceptable" health. A level of acceptable health then serves as a reference point for priority setting. Empirical research has indicated that people may be able and willing to define health states as "unacceptable" or "acceptable", but little attention has been given to the normative implications of evaluating health benefits in relation to a reference level of acceptable health...
March 27, 2017: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28395251/state-political-ideology-policies-and-health-behaviors-the-case-of-tobacco
#18
Ashley M Fox, Wenhui Feng, Rakesh Yumkham
Anti-smoking campaigns are widely viewed as a success case in public health policy. However, smoking rates continue to vary widely across U.S. states and the success of anti-smoking campaigns is contingent upon states' adoption of anti-smoking policies. Though state anti-smoking policy is a product of a political process, studies of the effect of policies on smoking prevalence have largely ignored how politics shapes policy adoption, which, in turn, impact state health outcomes. Policies may also have different effects in different political contexts...
March 27, 2017: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28376358/extending-health-insurance-to-the-poor-in-india-an-impact-evaluation-of-rashtriya-swasthya-bima-yojana-on-out-of-pocket-spending-for-healthcare
#19
Anup Karan, Winnie Yip, Ajay Mahal
India launched the 'Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana' (RSBY) health insurance scheme for the poor in 2008. Utilising 3 waves (1999-2000, 2004-05 and 2011-12) of household level data from nationally representative surveys of the National Sample Survey Organisation (NSSO) (N = 346,615) and district level RSBY administrative data on enrolment, we estimated causal effects of RSBY on out-of-pocket expenditure. Using 'difference-in-differences' methods on households in matched districts we find that RSBY did not affect the likelihood of inpatient out-of-pocket spending, the level of inpatient out of pocket spending or catastrophic inpatient spending...
March 27, 2017: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28364577/the-role-of-city-income-inequality-sex-ratio-and-youth-mortality-rates-in-the-effect-of-violent-victimization-on-health-risk-behaviors-in-brazilian-adolescents
#20
Dandara de Oliveira Ramos, Martin Daly, Maria Lucia Seidl-de-Moura, Paulo Nadanovsky
This study integrates insights from evolutionary psychology and social epidemiology to present a novel approach to contextual effects on health-risk behaviors (unprotected sex, drunkenness episodes, drugs and tobacco experimentation) among adolescents. Using data from the 2012 Brazilian National Survey of Adolescent Health (PeNSE), we first analyzed the effects of self-reported violent victimization on health-risk behaviors of 47,371 adolescents aged 10-19 nested in the 26 Brazilian state capitals and the Federal District...
March 27, 2017: Social Science & Medicine
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