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Health promotion and disease prevention

  1. Original research article

    Comprehensive healthcare resource use among newly diagnosed congestive heart failure

    Congestive heart failure (CHF) is among the most common causes of hospital admissions and readmissions in the Western world. However, the burden of ambulatory care has not been as well investigated. The object...

    Lori D. Bash, Dahlia Weitzman, Robert O. Blaustein, Ofer Sharon, Varda Shalev and Gabriel Chodick

    Israel Journal of Health Policy Research 2017 6:26

    Published on: 5 June 2017

  2. Commentary

    How to improve influenza vaccine coverage of healthcare personnel

    Influenza causes substantial morbidity and mortality worldwide each year. Healthcare-associated influenza is a frequent event. Health care personnel (HCP) may be the source for infecting patients and may propa...

    David J. Weber, Walter Orenstein and William A. Rutala

    Israel Journal of Health Policy Research 2016 5:61

    Published on: 16 December 2016

  3. Original research article

    Should Men who have sex with Men be allowed to donate blood in Israel?

    The present permanent deferral policy in Israel for MSM was established in 1977 and was based on the previous (now outdated) USA Food and Drug Administration standards. This study analyses epidemiological data...

    Gary Michael Ginsberg, Eilat Shinar, Eran Kopel and Daniel Chemtob

    Israel Journal of Health Policy Research 2016 5:60

    Published on: 13 December 2016

  4. Original research article

    Social characteristics associated with disparities in smoking rates in Israel

    Cigarette smoking is a major cause of health disparities. We aimed to determine social characteristics associated with smoking status and age at smoking initiation in the ethnically-diverse population of Israel.

    Ofra Kalter-Leibovici, Angela Chetrit, Shlomit Avni, Emma Averbuch, Ilya Novikov and Nihaya Daoud

    Israel Journal of Health Policy Research 2016 5:36

    Published on: 1 December 2016

  5. Original research article

    Factors associated with choice of approach for Group B streptococcus screening

    The crude rate of early-onset Group B streptococcus disease (EOGBS) in Israel has been consistently under 0.5 for 1000 live births for the past 8 years. The Israeli Ministry of Health has adapted the risk fact...

    H. Sefty, A. Klivitsky, M. Bromberg, R. Dichtiar, M. Ben Ami, T. Shohat and A. Glatman-Freedman

    Israel Journal of Health Policy Research 2016 5:42

    Published on: 15 November 2016

  6. Original research article

    Complying with the framework convention for tobacco control: an application of the Abridged SimSmoke model to Israel

    The World Health Organization Framework Convention for Tobacco Control (FCTC) established the MPOWER policy package to provide practical country-level guidance on implementing effective policies to reduce smok...

    David Levy, David B. Abrams, Jeffrey Levy and Laura Rosen

    Israel Journal of Health Policy Research 2016 5:41

    Published on: 15 September 2016

    The Erratum to this article has been published in Israel Journal of Health Policy Research 2017 6:6

  7. Original research article

    Dealing with ambiguity: Israeli physician’s attitudes and practices regarding pre-exercise certificates: a questionnaire study

    It has become clear in recent years that a healthy lifestyle, including physical exercise is crucial for health maintenance. Nevertheless, most people do not exercise regularly. Physician intervention is benef...

    Robert D Hoffman, Ron Golan and Shlomo Vinker

    Israel Journal of Health Policy Research 2016 5:8

    Published on: 1 May 2016

  8. Commentary

    Vaccine hesitancy as self-determination: an Israeli perspective

    Vaccine hesitancy can be portrayed as a broad spectrum of phenomena, ranging from a genuine call for help to complete defiance of authorities. The emphasis here is made on mid-spectrum hesitancy; hesitancy as ...

    Baruch Velan

    Israel Journal of Health Policy Research 2016 5:13

    Published on: 4 April 2016

  9. Commentary

    How can we improve amniocentesis decision-making?

    The decision to have an amniocentesis entails a trade-off between a risk of procedure associated miscarriage and the benefit of obtaining diagnostic information to identify Down syndrome or other chromosomal a...

    Lisa Soleymani Lehmann

    Israel Journal of Health Policy Research 2016 5:4

    Published on: 5 February 2016

  10. Original research article

    Challenges of the Pandemic Response in Primary Care during Pre-Vaccination Period: A Qualitative Study

    During the 2009/A/H1N1 pandemic, the main burden of the patient management fell on primary care physicians (PCPs), and they were the principal implementers of pandemic policies. Broad involvement of PCPs in th...

    Marina Kunin, Dan Engelhard, Shane Thomas, Mark Ashworth and Leon Piterman

    Israel Journal of Health Policy Research 2015 4:32

    Published on: 15 October 2015

  11. Original research article

    The limited effect of information on Israeli pregnant women at advanced maternal age who decide to undergo amniocentesis

    A primary goal of amniocentesis is the detection of trisomy 21 (Down syndrome- DS) in the fetus. This procedure involves a small risk of miscarriage. As the risk of DS increases with maternal age, screening te...

    Julia Grinshpun-Cohen, Talya Miron-Shatz, Michal Berkenstet and Elon Pras

    Israel Journal of Health Policy Research 2015 4:23

    Published on: 17 August 2015

  12. Integrative article

    Tobacco policy in Israel: 1948–2014 and beyond

    Tobacco is the only consumer product known to kill half of its users, and is a significant cause of death and disability to exposed nonsmokers. This presents a unique conundrum for modern democracies, which em...

    Laura J Rosen and Maya Peled-Raz

    Israel Journal of Health Policy Research 2015 4:12

    Published on: 1 May 2015

  13. Commentary

    Speeding the growth of primary mental health prevention

    While there is a strong case for primary prevention of mental health problems, relatively little mental health scholarship has been devoted to it in the last decade. Efforts to accelerate prevention scholarshi...

    Lawrence S Wissow

    Israel Journal of Health Policy Research 2015 4:10

    Published on: 13 March 2015

  14. Commentary

    Reducing the burden of tobacco: what’s the endgame?

    Tobacco use causes a tremendous amount of morbidity and mortality globally, with a staggering level of financial costs. In many countries, public health interventions have been able to reduce the prevalence of...

    Michael Chaiton and Robert Schwartz

    Israel Journal of Health Policy Research 2014 3:36

    Published on: 28 October 2014

  15. Original research article

    The burden of smoking in Israel–attributable mortality and costs (2014)

    Tobacco use is the single most preventable cause of death, incurring huge resource costs in terms of treating morbidity and lost productivity. This paper estimates smoking attributable mortality (SAM) as healt...

    Gary M Ginsberg and Haim Geva

    Israel Journal of Health Policy Research 2014 3:28

    Published on: 29 August 2014

    The Erratum to this article has been published in Israel Journal of Health Policy Research 2016 5:5

  16. Commentary

    The case for establishing a Holocaust survivors cohort in Israel

    In this issue, Keinan-Boker summarises the main studies that have followed up offspring of women exposed to famine during pregnancy and calls for the establishment of a national cohort of Holocaust survivors a...

    Caroline HD Fall and Kalyanaraman Kumaran

    Israel Journal of Health Policy Research 2014 3:22

    Published on: 24 June 2014

  17. Integrative article

    “The mothers have eaten unripe grapes and the children's teeth are set on edge”: the potential inter-generational effects of the Holocaust on chronic morbidity in Holocaust survivors’ offspring

    Modern epidemiology has evolved in the last decades from the simplified “cause-effect” paradigm to a multi-factorial framework of causality. The concept of “Fetal Origin of Adult Diseases” (FOAD) is a good exa...

    Lital Keinan-Boker

    Israel Journal of Health Policy Research 2014 3:11

    Published on: 25 March 2014

  18. Integrative article

    Climate change and health in Israel: adaptation policies for extreme weather events

    Climatic changes have increased the world-wide frequency of extreme weather events such as heat waves, cold spells, floods, storms and droughts. These extreme events potentially affect the health status of mil...

    Manfred S Green, Noemie Groag Pri-or, Guedi Capeluto, Yoram Epstein and Shlomit Paz

    Israel Journal of Health Policy Research 2013 2:23

    Published on: 27 June 2013

  19. Commentary

    Improving public health by tackling climate change

    Across the world, climate change is now responsible for substantial mortality and morbidity, through direct effects on health and also by threatening the determinants of health. This commentary argues that ada...

    Jenny Griffiths

    Israel Journal of Health Policy Research 2013 2:22

    Published on: 17 June 2013

  20. Original research article

    Do health policy advisors know what the public wants? An empirical comparison of how health policy advisors assess public preferences regarding smoke-free air, and what the public actually prefers

    Health policy-making, a complex, multi-factorial process, requires balancing conflicting values. A salient issue is public support for policies; however, one reason for limited impact of public opinion may be ...

    Laura J Rosen, David A Rier, Greg Connolly, Anat Oren, Carla Landau and Robert Schwartz

    Israel Journal of Health Policy Research 2013 2:20

    Published on: 21 May 2013

  21. Commentary

    Rethinking the politics and implementation of health in all policies

    In Europe, successful health policies have contributed to a continued decline in mortality. However, not all parts of Europe have benefited equally and the sustainability of achievements cannot be taken for gr...

    Matthias Wismar, David McQueen, Vivian Lin, Catherine M Jones and Maggie Davies

    Israel Journal of Health Policy Research 2013 2:17

    Published on: 22 April 2013

  22. Integrative article

    A health in all policies approach to promote active, healthy lifestyle in Israel

    In December 2011, Israel launched the National Program to Promote Active, Healthy Lifestyle, an inter-ministerial, intersectoral effort to address obesity and its contribution to the country’s burden of chroni...

    Yannai Kranzler, Nadav Davidovich, Yonina Fleischman, Itamar Grotto, Daniel S Moran and Ruth Weinstein

    Israel Journal of Health Policy Research 2013 2:16

    Published on: 22 April 2013

  23. Commentary

    The challenges and rewards of engaging a skeptical public

    Findings published in this issue suggest that a substantial subset of the Israeli public generally trusts government, yet is determined to make their own judgments about the need for precautionary action in ce...

    Lori Uscher-Pines and Arthur L Kellermann

    Israel Journal of Health Policy Research 2013 2:12

    Published on: 27 March 2013

  24. Original research article

    Analysis of public responses to preparedness policies: the cases of H1N1 influenza vaccination and gas mask distribution

    During several months in 2009–2010, the Israeli population was asked to take part in two preparedness programs: Acquisition of gas masks against a potential chemical-warfare attack, and vaccination against the...

    Baruch Velan, Valentina Boyko, Gilead Shenhar, Liat Lerner-Geva and Giora Kaplan

    Israel Journal of Health Policy Research 2013 2:11

    Published on: 27 March 2013

  25. Original research article

    Should Israel screen all mothers-to-be to prevent early-onset of neonatal group B streptococcal disease? A cost-utility analysis

    In Israel, an average of 37 children are born each year with sepsis and another four with meningitis as a result of Group B Streptococcal (GBS) disease. Israel currently only screens mothers with defined risk ...

    Gary M Ginsberg, Arthur I Eidelman, Eric Shinwell, Emilia Anis, Reuven Peyser and Yoram Lotan

    Israel Journal of Health Policy Research 2013 2:6

    Published on: 20 February 2013

  26. Original research article

    Quality of online health information about oral contraceptives from Hebrew-language websites

    The Internet is a frequently used source of health information. Adolescents in particular seem to be receptive to online health information (OHI) and often incorporate such information in their decision-making...

    Yehuda Neumark, Lior Flum, Catalina Lopez-Quintero and Ronny Shtarkshall

    Israel Journal of Health Policy Research 2012 1:38

    Published on: 24 September 2012

  27. Commentary

    How society treats smoking

    Bans on smoking in bars and other public places can make an important contribution to public health. However, for these bans to be effective, they require broad public support. Qualitative studies of the attit...

    Gregory N Connolly

    Israel Journal of Health Policy Research 2012 1:29

    Published on: 24 July 2012

  28. Original research article

    Challenges for the smoking ban in Israeli pubs and bars: analysis guided by the behavioral ecological model

    The latest amendment to the ban on smoking in public places in Israel was implemented in 2007, adding pubs and bars (P&B) to the list of public places in which smoking is prohibited. However, smoking in most P...

    Orna Baron-Epel, Carmit Satran, Vicki Cohen, Anat Drach-Zehavi and Melbourne F Hovell

    Israel Journal of Health Policy Research 2012 1:28

    Published on: 24 July 2012

  29. Commentary

    Tackling obesity requires efficient government policies

    Changes in food supply and eating habits, combined with a dramatic fall in physical activity, have made obesity a global epidemic. Across OECD countries, one in two adults is currently overweight and one in si...

    Michele Cecchini and Franco Sassi

    Israel Journal of Health Policy Research 2012 1:18

    Published on: 18 April 2012

  30. Original research article

    Economic effects of interventions to reduce obesity in Israel

    Obesity is a major risk factor for many diseases. The paper calculates the economic impact and the cost per Quality-Adjusted Life Year (QALY) resulting from the adoption of eight interventions comprising the c...

    Gary M Ginsberg and Elliot Rosenberg

    Israel Journal of Health Policy Research 2012 1:17

    Published on: 18 April 2012