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  1. Research

    Perceived barriers and enablers to participation in a community-tailored physical activity program with Indigenous Australians in a regional and rural setting: a qualitative study

    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have higher rates of chronic disease and a lower life expectancy than non-Indigenous Australians. In non-urban areas these health disparities are even larger. The a...

    Ashleigh Sushames, Terry Engelberg and Klaus Gebel

    International Journal for Equity in Health 2017 16:172

    Published on: 18 September 2017

  2. Research

    Leadership and governance of community health worker programmes at scale: a cross case analysis of provincial implementation in South Africa

    National community health worker (CHW) programmes are returning to favour as an integral part of primary health care systems, often on the back of pre-existing community based initiatives. There are significan...

    Helen Schneider and Nonhlanhla Nxumalo

    International Journal for Equity in Health 2017 16:72

    Published on: 15 September 2017

  3. Research

    Organisational culture and trust as influences over the implementation of equity-oriented policy in two South African case study hospitals

    This paper uses the concepts of organisational culture and organisational trust to explore the implementation of equity-oriented policies – the Uniform Patient Fee Schedule (UPFS) and Patients’ Rights Charter ...

    Ermin Erasmus, Lucy Gilson, Veloshnee Govender and Moremi Nkosi

    International Journal for Equity in Health 2017 16:164

    Published on: 15 September 2017

  4. Research

    Devolution and its effects on health workforce and commodities management – early implementation experiences in Kilifi County, Kenya

    Decentralisation is argued to promote community participation, accountability, technical efficiency, and equity in the management of resources, and has been a recurring theme in health system reforms for sever...

    Benjamin Tsofa, Catherine Goodman, Lucy Gilson and Sassy Molyneux

    International Journal for Equity in Health 2017 16:169

    Published on: 15 September 2017

  5. Research

    Negotiating power relations, gender equality, and collective agency: are village health committees transformative social spaces in northern India?

    Participatory health initiatives ideally support progressive social change and stronger collective agency for marginalized groups. However, this empowering potential is often limited by inequalities within com...

    Kerry Scott, Asha S. George, Steven A. Harvey, Shinjini Mondal, Gupteswar Patel and Kabir Sheikh

    International Journal for Equity in Health 2017 16:84

    Published on: 15 September 2017

  6. Research

    Exploring how different modes of governance act across health system levels to influence primary healthcare facility managers’ use of information in decision-making: experience from Cape Town, South Africa

    Governance, which includes decision-making at all levels of the health system, and information have been identified as key, interacting levers of health system strengthening. However there is an extensive lite...

    Vera Scott and Lucy Gilson

    International Journal for Equity in Health 2017 16:159

    Published on: 15 September 2017

  7. Research

    How does decentralisation affect health sector planning and financial management? a case study of early effects of devolution in Kilifi County, Kenya

    A common challenge for health sector planning and budgeting has been the misalignment between policies, technical planning and budgetary allocation; and inadequate community involvement in priority setting. He...

    Benjamin Tsofa, Sassy Molyneux, Lucy Gilson and Catherine Goodman

    International Journal for Equity in Health 2017 16:151

    Published on: 15 September 2017

  8. Research

    “We are toothless and hanging, but optimistic”: sub county managers’ experiences of rapid devolution in coastal Kenya

    In March 2013, Kenya transitioned from a centralized to a devolved system of governance. Within the health sector, this entailed the transfer of service provision functions to 47 newly formed semi-autonomous c...

    Mary M. Nyikuri, Benjamin Tsofa, Philip Okoth, Edwine W. Barasa and Sassy Molyneux

    International Journal for Equity in Health 2017 16:113

    Published on: 15 September 2017

  9. Research

    Prospective associations of psychosocial adversity in childhood with risk factors for cardiovascular disease in adulthood: the MRC National Survey of Health and Development

    Studies assessing associations of childhood psychosocial adversity (e.g. sexual abuse, physical neglect, parental death), as opposed to socioeconomic adversity, with cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk factors i...

    Emma L. Anderson, Rishi Caleyachetty, Mai Stafford, Diana Kuh, Rebecca Hardy, Debbie A. Lawlor, Abigail Fraser and Laura D. Howe

    International Journal for Equity in Health 2017 16:170

    Published on: 7 September 2017

  10. Research

    Enhancing the get healthy information and coaching service for Aboriginal adults: evaluation of the process and impact of the program

    Non-communicable chronic diseases in Australia contribute to approximately 85% of the total burden of disease; this proportion is greater for Aboriginal communities. The Get Healthy Service (GHS) is effective ...

    E. Quinn, B. J. O’Hara, N. Ahmed, S. Winch, B. McGill, D. Banovic, M. Maxwell and C. Rissel

    International Journal for Equity in Health 2017 16:168

    Published on: 6 September 2017

  11. Research

    Changes in catastrophic health expenditure in post-conflict Sierra Leone: an Oaxaca-blinder decomposition analysis

    At the end of the eleven-year conflict in Sierra Leone, a wide range of policies were implemented to address both demand- and supply-side constraints within the healthcare system, which had collapsed during th...

    Ijeoma Edoka, Barbara McPake, Tim Ensor, Rogers Amara and Joseph Edem-Hotah

    International Journal for Equity in Health 2017 16:166

    Published on: 4 September 2017

  12. Research

    The psychological problems and related influential factors of left-behind adolescents (LBA) in Hunan, China: a cross sectional study

    Due to lack of companionship of parents, compared with non left behind children, left behind children (LBC) suffer from more psychological problems compared with children live with their parents. The aim of th...

    Ye Man, Lv Mengmeng, Li Lezhi, Mao Ting and Zhang Jingping

    International Journal for Equity in Health 2017 16:163

    Published on: 2 September 2017

  13. Review

    Conditional cash transfers and the creation of equal opportunities of health for children in low and middle-income countries: a literature review

    Conditional Cash Transfers (CCTs) have been largely used in the world during the past decades, since they are known for enhancing children’s human development and promoting social inclusion for the most depriv...

    Rebeca Carmo de Souza Cruz, Leides Barroso Azevedo de Moura and Joaquim José Soares Neto

    International Journal for Equity in Health 2017 16:161

    Published on: 31 August 2017

  14. Systematic review

    The effect of socioeconomic disadvantage on prescription of guideline-recommended medications for patients with acute coronary syndrome: systematic review and meta-analysis

    There are varying data on whether socioeconomic status (SES) affects the treatment in patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS). Our aim was to obtain a reliable estimate of the effect of SES on discharge pr...

    Karice K. Hyun, David Brieger, Mark Woodward, Sarah Richtering and Julie Redfern

    International Journal for Equity in Health 2017 16:162

    Published on: 31 August 2017

  15. Research

    Willingness to pay for National Health Insurance Fund among public servants in Juba City, South Sudan: a contingent evaluation

    This study assessed willingness to pay for National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF) among public servants in Juba City. NHIF is the proposed health insurance scheme for South Sudan and aims at achieving universal...

    Robert Basaza, Paul Kon Alier, Peter Kirabira, David Ogubi and Richard Lino Loro Lako

    International Journal for Equity in Health 2017 16:158

    Published on: 30 August 2017

  16. Research

    Smoking and finances: baseline characteristics of low income daily smokers in the FISCALS cohort

    Financial stress is a barrier to successful smoking cessation and a key predictor of relapse. Little is known about the financial situation of low-income Australian daily smokers. This study aims to describe a...

    Kristy A. Martire, Philip Clare, Ryan J. Courtney, Billie Bonevski, Veronica Boland, Ron Borland, Christopher M. Doran, Michael Farrell, Wayne Hall, Jaimi M. Iredale, Mohammad Siahpush and Richard P. Mattick

    International Journal for Equity in Health 2017 16:157

    Published on: 30 August 2017

  17. Research

    Sex workers as peer health advocates: community empowerment and transformative learning through a Canadian pilot program

    Social marginalization and criminalization create health and safety risks for sex workers and reduce their access to health promotion and prevention services compared to the general population. Community empow...

    Cecilia Benoit, Lynne Belle-Isle, Michaela Smith, Rachel Phillips, Leah Shumka, Chris Atchison, Mikael Jansson, Charlotte Loppie and Jackson Flagg

    International Journal for Equity in Health 2017 16:160

    Published on: 30 August 2017

  18. Research

    Engaging and staying engaged: a phenomenological study of barriers to equitable access to mental healthcare for people with severe mental disorders in a rural African setting

    In low-and middle-income countries, integration of mental health into primary care is recommended to reduce the treatment gap. In this study we explored barriers to initial and ongoing engagement of people wit...

    Maji Hailemariam, Abebaw Fekadu, Martin Prince and Charlotte Hanlon

    International Journal for Equity in Health 2017 16:156

    Published on: 29 August 2017

  19. Research

    A study on the equality and benefit of China’s national health care system

    This study is designed to evaluate whether the benefit which the residents received from the national health care system is equal in China. The perceived equality and benefit are used to measure the personal s...

    Shaoguo Zhai, Pei Wang, Quanfang Dong, Xing Ren, Jiaoli Cai and Peter C. Coyte

    International Journal for Equity in Health 2017 16:155

    Published on: 29 August 2017

  20. Research

    Access to medicines and diagnostic tests integral in the management of diabetes mellitus and cardiovascular diseases in Uganda: insights from the ACCODAD study

    Despite the burgeoning burden of diabetes mellitus (DM) and cardiovascular diseases (CVD) in low and middle income countries (LMIC), access to affordable essential medicines and diagnostic tests for DM and CVD...

    Davis Kibirige, David Atuhe, Leaticia Kampiire, Daniel Ssekikubo Kiggundu, Pamela Donggo, Juliet Nabbaale, Raymond Mbayo Mwebaze, Robert Kalyesubula and William Lumu

    International Journal for Equity in Health 2017 16:154

    Published on: 24 August 2017

  21. Systematic review

    Psychosocial factors associated with the mental health of indigenous children living in high income countries: a systematic review

    Indigenous children living in high income countries have a consistently high prevalence of mental health problems. We aimed to identify psychosocial risk and protective factors for mental health in this setting.

    Christian Young, Camilla Hanson, Jonathan C. Craig, Kathleen Clapham and Anna Williamson

    International Journal for Equity in Health 2017 16:153

    Published on: 23 August 2017

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