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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549140/the-relationships-between-income-inequality-welfare-regimes-and-aggregate-health-a-systematic-review
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Ki-Tae Kim
: When analysing the relationships between income inequality, welfare regimes and aggregate health at the cross-national level, previous primary articles and systematic reviews reach inconsistent conclusions. Contrary to theoretical expectations, equal societies or the Social Democratic welfare regime do not always have the best aggregate health when compared with those of other relatively unequal societies or other welfare regimes. This article will shed light on the controversial subjects with a new decomposition systematic review method...
June 1, 2017: European Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549123/working-conditions-in-the-explanation-of-occupational-inequalities-in-sickness-absence-in-the-french-sumer-study
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Isabelle Niedhammer, Thomas Lesuffleur, Sarah Memmi, Jean-François Chastang
: Explanations of social inequalities in sickness absence are lacking in the literature. Our objectives were to evaluate the contribution of various occupational exposures in explaining these inequalities in a national representative sample of employees. : The study was based on the cross-sectional sample of the SUMER 2010 survey that included 46 962 employees, 26 883 men and 20 079 women. Both sickness absence spells and days within the last 12 months, as health indicators, were studied. Occupation was used as a marker of social position...
May 25, 2017: European Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548247/market-for-artemether-lumefantrine-to-treat-childhood-malaria-in-a-district-of-southern-mozambique
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Sergi Alonso, Khátia Munguambe, Elisa Sicuri
Malaria is one of the leading causes of death in sub-Saharan Africa. Artemisinin-based combination therapies are used as first-line treatment drugs, but their market is far from competitive. Market failures include limited availability, low quality, lack of information, and high costs of access. We estimated the theoretical demand for one of the most common artemisinin-based combination therapies, artemether-lumefantrine (AL), and its determinants among caregivers of children with malaria seeking care at public health facilities, thus, entitled to receive drugs for free, in southern Mozambique (year 2012)...
May 26, 2017: Health Economics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548093/all-pure-bipartite-entangled-states-can-be-self-tested
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Andrea Coladangelo, Koon Tong Goh, Valerio Scarani
Quantum technologies promise advantages over their classical counterparts in the fields of computation, security and sensing. It is thus desirable that classical users are able to obtain guarantees on quantum devices, even without any knowledge of their inner workings. That such classical certification is possible at all is remarkable: it is a consequence of the violation of Bell inequalities by entangled quantum systems. Device-independent self-testing refers to the most complete such certification: it enables a classical user to uniquely identify the quantum state shared by uncharacterized devices by simply inspecting the correlations of measurement outcomes...
May 26, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547801/is-higher-inequality-less-legitimate-depends-on-how-you-frame-it
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Susanne Bruckmüller, Gerhard Reese, Sarah E Martiny
Economic inequality is increasing both globally and in various countries around the world, and such inequality has been linked to worsening health, well-being, and social cohesion. A key predictor for whether people take action against inequality is the extent to which they perceive it as illegitimate. We investigate how two variables jointly predict the legitimization of inequality, namely the perceived magnitude of differences in economic outcomes and the way these differences are described. Two experiments (total N = 190) tested whether framing the same difference in outcomes as an advantaged group having more or as a disadvantaged group having less moderates whether higher inequality is perceived as less legitimate...
May 25, 2017: British Journal of Social Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546786/the-association-between-higher-nurse-staffing-standards-in-the-fee-schedules-and-the-geographic-distribution-of-hospital-nurses-a-cross-sectional-study-using-nationwide-administrative-data
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Noriko Morioka, Jun Tomio, Toshikazu Seto, Yasuki Kobayashi
BACKGROUND: In Japan, the revision of the fee schedules in 2006 introduced a new category of general care ward for more advanced care, with a higher staffing standard, a patient-to-nurse ratio of 7:1. Previous studies have suggested that these changes worsened inequalities in the geographic distribution of nurses, but there have been few quantitative studies evaluating this effect. This study aimed to investigate the association between the distribution of 7:1 beds and the geographic distribution of hospital nursing staffs...
2017: BMC Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546734/further-result-on-dirichlet-sch-type-inequality-and-its-application
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Liquan Wan
In this paper we deal with a theoretical question raised in connection with the application of Dirichlet-Sch type inequality, obtained by Huang (Int. Math. J. 27(02):1650009, 2016), which has been already applied to obtain multiplicity results for boundary value problems in several recent papers. We also discuss a particular case of it in more detail. As an application, we deduce the least harmonic majorant and log-concavity of extended subharmonic functions.
2017: Journal of Inequalities and Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546643/decomposition-of-regional-convergence-in-population-aging-across-europe
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Ilya Kashnitsky, Joop de Beer, Leo van Wissen
In the face of rapidly aging population, decreasing regional inequalities in population composition is one of the regional cohesion goals of the European Union. To our knowledge, no explicit quantification of the changes in regional population aging differentiation exist. We investigate how regional differences in population aging developed over the last decade and how they are likely to evolve in the coming three decades, and we examine how demographic components of population growth contribute to the process...
2017: Genus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546627/exploring-the-potential-value-of-using-data-on-dental-extractions-under-general-anaesthesia-dga-to-monitor-the-impact-of-dental-decay-in-children
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A Mortimore, R Wilkinson, J H John
Aim To explore the value of DGA data as an indicator of the impact and inequalities associated with child dental decay (caries) in Southampton.Design Data from the local DGA provider in Southampton was used to investigate trends in child (17 years and under) DGAs between 2006/7 and 2014/15. Retrospective analysis of anonymised child-level 2013/14 and 2014/15 data from the same service was carried out to identify any inequalities with respect to deprivation, impact on school attendance and cost to the health economy...
May 26, 2017: British Dental Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545663/adaptive-iterative-learning-control-of-a-class-of-nonlinear-time-delay-systems-with-unknown-backlash-like-hysteresis-input-and-control-direction
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Jianming Wei, Youan Zhang, Meimei Sun, Baoliang Geng
This paper presents an adaptive iterative learning control scheme for a class of nonlinear systems with unknown time-varying delays and control direction preceded by unknown nonlinear backlash-like hysteresis. Boundary layer function is introduced to construct an auxiliary error variable, which relaxes the identical initial condition assumption of iterative learning control. For the controller design, integral Lyapunov function candidate is used, which avoids the possible singularity problem by introducing hyperbolic tangent funciton...
May 22, 2017: ISA Transactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545582/gender-differences-in-hypertension-awareness-antihypertensive-use-and-blood-pressure-control-in-bangladeshi-adults-findings-from-a-national-cross-sectional-survey
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Muntasirur Rahman, Gail Williams, Abdullah Al Mamun
BACKGROUND: Bangladesh is facing an epidemiological transition with a growing burden of non-communicable diseases. Traditionally, hypertension and associated complications in women receive less recognition, and there is a dearth of related publications. The study aims to explore gender differences in high blood pressure awareness and antihypertensive use in Bangladeshi adults at the community level. Another objective is to identify factors associated with uncontrolled hypertension among antihypertensive users...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Health, Population, and Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545500/strengthening-capacity-to-research-the-social-determinants-of-health-in-low-and-middle-income-countries-lessons-from-the-intrec-programme
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Nicholas Henschke, Anna Mirny, Joke A Haafkens, Heribert Ramroth, Siwi Padmawati, Martin Bangha, Lisa Berkman, Laksono Trisnantoro, Yulia Blomstedt, Heiko Becher, Osman Sankoh, Peter Byass, John Kinsman
BACKGROUND: The INDEPTH Training & Research Centres of Excellence (INTREC) collaboration developed a training programme to strengthen social determinants of health (SDH) research in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). It was piloted among health- and demographic researchers from 9 countries in Africa and Asia. The programme followed a blended learning approach and was split into three consecutive teaching blocks over a 12-month period: 1) an online course of 7 video lectures and assignments on the theory of SDH research; 2) a 2-week qualitative and quantitative methods workshop; and 3) a 1-week data analysis workshop...
May 25, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545468/the-contribution-of-the-foreign-population-to-the-high-level-of-infant-mortality-in-switzerland-a-demographic-analysis
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Philippe Wanner, Paola Bollini
BACKGROUND: In 2011 Switzerland reported the highest infant mortality rate among Western European countries, as well as the highest percentage of foreign population (23%). The comparison of the Swiss and foreign population in terms of reproductive health has received so far insufficient attention. The aim of the present study is to analyze the infant (IMR) and neonatal mortality rates (NMR) of Swiss and foreign children over the last 30 years. METHODS: Vital statistics from the period 1980 to 2011 were used to compute IMR and NMR according to year and/or citizenship...
May 25, 2017: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545461/interventions-to-reduce-inequalities-in-health-and-early-child-development-in-europe-from-a-qualitative-perspective
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Joana Morrison, Hynek Pikhart, Peter Goldblatt
BACKGROUND: Early childhood is a critical stage of development. Inequalities in experiences affect children's wellbeing and determine their development. Early years interventions focusing on children and their parents may help address inequalities during this critical period. Understanding the experiences and perceptions of parents receiving early years programmes and staff providing these may help service development and delivery. The objective of this study was to describe staff and parents' accounts of how early childhood programmes in different European country contexts improved child development...
May 25, 2017: International Journal for Equity in Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545456/towards-an-equitable-healthcare-in-china-evaluating-the-productive-efficiency-of-community-health-centers-in-jiangsu-province
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Lulin Zhou, Xinglong Xu, Henry Asante Antwi, Linna Wang
BACKGROUND: While the demand for the health service keeps escalating at the grass root or rural areas of China, a substantial portion of healthcare resources remains stagnant in the more developed cities and this has entrenched health inequity in many parts of China. At its conception, the Deepening Health Care Reform in 2012 China was intended to flush out these discrepancies and promote a more equitable and efficient distribution of health resources. Nearly half a decade of this reform, there are uncertainties as to whether the attainment of the objectives of the reform is in sight...
May 25, 2017: International Journal for Equity in Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545420/associations-between-measures-of-socio-economic-status-beliefs-about-back-pain-and-exposure-to-a-mass-media-campaign-to-improve-back-beliefs
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Arnela Suman, Geoffrey P Bostick, Frederieke G Schaafsma, Johannes R Anema, Douglas P Gross
BACKGROUND: Low back pain (LBP) is one of the most common and costly healthcare problems worldwide. Disability from LBP is associated with maladaptive beliefs about the condition, and such beliefs can be influenced by public health interventions. While socioeconomic status (SES) has been identified as an important factor in health literacy and inequalities, not much is known about the association between SES and beliefs about LBP. Therefore, this study examined the relationship between measures of SES and the belief that one should stay active through LBP in a representative sample of the general population in Alberta, Canada...
May 25, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545402/regional-variations-of-perceived-problems-in-ambulatory-care-from-the-perspective-of-general-practitioners-and-their-patients-an-exploratory-focus-group-study-in-urban-and-rural-regions-of-northern-germany
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H Hansen, N J Pohontsch, L Bole, I Schäfer, M Scherer
BACKGROUND: Patients from rural and urban regions should have equitable access to health care. In Germany, the physician-patient-ratio and the supply of medical services vary greatly between urban and rural areas. The aim of our study was to explore the regional variations of the perceived health care problems in ambulatory care from the perspective of affected professionals and laypersons i.e. general practitioners and their patients. METHODS: We conducted 27 focus groups with general practitioners (n = 65) and patients (n = 145) from urban areas, environs and rural areas in northern Germany...
May 25, 2017: BMC Family Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545331/socio-demographic-inequalities-in-hiv-testing-behaviour-and-hiv-prevalence-among-older-adults-in-rural-tanzania-2013
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Angelina Mtowa, Annette A M Gerritsen, Sally Mtenga, Mary Mwangome, Eveline Geubbels
Most HIV research in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) ignores persons aged 50 years and above, though a few studies have reported a high HIV prevalence among older people. This study aimed to estimate socio-demographic inequalities in HIV testing behaviour and HIV prevalence among adults aged 50+ years, living in Ifakara town, Tanzania. This cross-sectional study used data from the baseline measurement of the Ifakara MZIMA cohort study in 2012/13. Consenting participants were interviewed and tested for HIV. Associations between HIV testing behaviour and HIV prevalence with socio-demographic indicators were explored with multivariable logistic regression...
May 25, 2017: AIDS Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545307/examining-occupational-health-and-safety-vulnerability-among-canadian-workers-with-disabilities
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F Curtis Breslin, A Morgan Lay, Arif Jetha, Peter Smith
OBJECTIVE: To compare workers with and without disabilities on their reported workplace hazard exposure and the presence of occupational health and safety vulnerability factors. METHODS: Working-aged adults in Ontario or British Columbia were recruited to participate in a cross-sectional survey (n = 1988). Self-reported measures included demographic factors, work-related variables, perceived level of activity limitation at work, and presence of work safety vulnerability factors utilizing a novel framework...
May 26, 2017: Disability and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545031/sociodemographic-and-economic-factors-are-associated-with-weight-gain-between-before-and-after-cancer-diagnosis-results-from-the-prospective-population-based-nutrinet-sant%C3%A3-cohort
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Philippine Fassier, Laurent Zelek, Patrick Bachmann, Marina Touillaud, Nathalie Druesne-Pecollo, Valentin Partula, Serge Hercberg, Pilar Galan, Patrice Cohen, Hélène Hoarau, Paule Latino-Martel, Bernard Srour, Rebeca Gonzalez, Mélanie Deschasaux, Mathilde Touvier
PURPOSE: While many cancer patients are affected by weight loss, others tend to gain weight, which may impact prognosis and risk of recurrence and of second cancer. The aim of this prospective study was to investigate weight variation between before and after cancer diagnosis and socio-demographic, economic, lifestyle and clinical factors associated with moderate-to-severe weight gain. METHODS: 1051 incident cases of first primary cancer were diagnosed in the NutriNet-Santé cohort between 2009 and 2015...
May 8, 2017: Oncotarget
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