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  1. Research

    A direct observation method for auditing large urban centers using stratified sampling, mobile GIS technology and virtual environments

    With the expansion and growth of research on neighbourhood characteristics, there is an increased need for direct observational field audits. Herein, we introduce a novel direct observational audit method and ...

    Sean J. V. Lafontaine, M. Sawada and Elizabeth Kristjansson

    International Journal of Health Geographics 2017 16:6

    Published on: 16 February 2017

  2. Methodology

    International comparison of observation-specific spatial buffers: maximizing the ability to estimate physical activity

    Advancements in geographic information systems over the past two decades have increased the specificity by which an individual’s neighborhood environment may be spatially defined for physical activity and heal...

    Lawrence D. Frank, Eric H. Fox, Jared M. Ulmer, James E. Chapman, Suzanne E. Kershaw, James F. Sallis, Terry L. Conway, Ester Cerin, Kelli L. Cain, Marc A. Adams, Graham R. Smith, Erica Hinckson, Suzanne Mavoa, Lars B. Christiansen, Adriano Akira F. Hino, Adalberto A. S. Lopes…

    International Journal of Health Geographics 2017 16:4

    Published on: 23 January 2017

  3. Methodology

    Seasonal variation in geographical access to maternal health services in regions of southern Mozambique

    Geographic proximity to health facilities is a known determinant of access to maternal care. Methods of quantifying geographical access to care have largely ignored the impact of precipitation and flooding. Fu...

    Prestige Tatenda Makanga, Nadine Schuurman, Charfudin Sacoor, Helena Edith Boene, Faustino Vilanculo, Marianne Vidler, Laura Magee, Peter von Dadelszen, Esperança Sevene, Khátia Munguambe and Tabassum Firoz

    International Journal of Health Geographics 2017 16:1

    Published on: 13 January 2017

  4. Research

    Ovarian cancer: density equalizing mapping of the global research architecture

    Despite its impact on female health worldwide, no efforts have been made to depict the global architecture of ovarian cancer research and to understand the trends in the related literature. Hence, it was the o...

    Dörthe Brüggmann, Katharina Pulch, Doris Klingelhöfer, Celeste Leigh Pearce and David A. Groneberg

    International Journal of Health Geographics 2017 16:3

    Published on: 13 January 2017

  5. Research

    Identifying youth-friendly service practices associated with adolescents’ use of reproductive healthcare services in post-conflict Burundi: a cross-sectional study

    Very little is known about reproductive health service (RHS) availability and adolescents’ use of these services in post-conflict settings. Such information is crucial for targeted community interventions that...

    Imelda K. Moise, Jaclyn F. Verity and Joseph Kangmennaang

    International Journal of Health Geographics 2017 16:2

    Published on: 13 January 2017

  6. Methodology

    Confidence intervals for rate ratios between geographic units

    Ratios of age-adjusted rates between a set of geographic units and the overall area are of interest to the general public and to policy stakeholders. These ratios are correlated due to two reasons—the first be...

    Li Zhu, Linda W. Pickle and James B. Pearson Jr.

    International Journal of Health Geographics 2016 15:44

    Published on: 15 December 2016

  7. Research

    Online platform for applying space–time scan statistics for prospectively detecting emerging hot spots of dengue fever

    Cases of dengue fever have increased in areas of Southeast Asia in recent years. Taiwan hit a record-high 42,856 cases in 2015, with the majority in southern Tainan and Kaohsiung Cities. Leveraging spatial sta...

    Chien-Chou Chen, Yung-Chu Teng, Bo-Cheng Lin, I-Chun Fan and Ta-Chien Chan

    International Journal of Health Geographics 2016 15:43

    Published on: 25 November 2016

  8. Research

    Using an audit tool (MAPS Global) to assess the characteristics of the physical environment related to walking for transport in youth: reliability of Belgian data

    The aim was to examine inter-rater and alternate-form reliability of the Microscale Audit of Pedestrian Streetscapes (MAPS) Global tool to assess the physical environment along likely walking routes in Belgium.

    Griet Vanwolleghem, Ariane Ghekiere, Greet Cardon, Ilse De Bourdeaudhuij, Sara D’Haese, Carrie M. Geremia, Matthieu Lenoir, James F. Sallis, Hannah Verhoeven and Delfien Van Dyck

    International Journal of Health Geographics 2016 15:41

    Published on: 15 November 2016

  9. Research

    Residential area characteristics and disabilities among Dutch community-dwelling older adults

    Living longer independently may be facilitated by an attractive and safe residential area, which stimulates physical activity. We studied the association between area characteristics and disabilities and wheth...

    Astrid Etman, Carlijn B. M. Kamphuis, Frank H. Pierik, Alex Burdorf and Frank J. Van Lenthe

    International Journal of Health Geographics 2016 15:42

    Published on: 15 November 2016

  10. Research

    Do the risk factors for type 2 diabetes mellitus vary by location? A spatial analysis of health insurance claims in Northeastern Germany using kernel density estimation and geographically weighted regression

    The provision of general practitioners (GPs) in Germany still relies mainly on the ratio of inhabitants to GPs at relatively large scales and barely accounts for an increased prevalence of chronic diseases amo...

    Boris Kauhl, Jürgen Schweikart, Thomas Krafft, Andrea Keste and Marita Moskwyn

    International Journal of Health Geographics 2016 15:38

    Published on: 3 November 2016

  11. Research

    Optimal health and disease management using spatial uncertainty: a geographic characterization of emergent artemisinin-resistant Plasmodium falciparum distributions in Southeast Asia

    Artemisinin-resistant Plasmodium falciparum malaria parasites are now present across much of mainland Southeast Asia, where ongoing surveys are measuring and mapping their spatial distribution. These efforts requ...

    Eric P. M. Grist, Jennifer A. Flegg, Georgina Humphreys, Ignacio Suay Mas, Tim J. C. Anderson, Elizabeth A. Ashley, Nicholas P. J. Day, Mehul Dhorda, Arjen M. Dondorp, M. Abul Faiz, Peter W. Gething, Tran T. Hien, Tin M. Hlaing, Mallika Imwong, Jean-Marie Kindermans, Richard J. Maude…

    International Journal of Health Geographics 2016 15:37

    Published on: 24 October 2016

  12. Methodology

    Characterizing physical activity and food urban environments: a GIS-based multicomponent proposal

    Healthier urban environments influence the distribution of cardiovascular risk factors. Our aim was to design and implement a multicomponent method based on Geographic Information Systems to characterize and e...

    Alba Cebrecos, Julia Díez, Pedro Gullón, Usama Bilal, Manuel Franco and Francisco Escobar

    International Journal of Health Geographics 2016 15:35

    Published on: 4 October 2016

  13. Research

    Geographic dimensions of a health network dedicated to occupational and work related diseases

    Although introduced nearly 40 years ago, Geographic Information Systems (GISs) have never been used to study Occupational Health information regarding the different types, scale or sources of data. The geograp...

    Marie Delaunay, Vincent Godard, Mélina Le Barbier, Annabelle Gilg Soit Ilg, Cédric Aubert, Anne Maître, Damien Barbeau and Vincent Bonneterre

    International Journal of Health Geographics 2016 15:34

    Published on: 27 September 2016

  14. Research

    Which environmental factors most strongly influence a street’s appeal for bicycle transport among adults? A conjoint study using manipulated photographs

    Micro-environmental factors (specific features within a streetscape), instead of macro-environmental factors (urban planning features), are more feasible to modify in existing neighborhoods and thus more pract...

    Lieze Mertens, Delfien Van Dyck, Ariane Ghekiere, Ilse De Bourdeaudhuij, Benedicte Deforche, Nico Van de Weghe and Jelle Van Cauwenberg

    International Journal of Health Geographics 2016 15:31

    Published on: 1 September 2016

  15. Research

    Effects of health intervention programs and arsenic exposure on child mortality from acute lower respiratory infections in rural Bangladesh

    Respiratory infections continue to be a public health threat, particularly to young children in developing countries. Understanding the geographic patterns of diseases and the role of potential risk factors ca...

    Warren C. Jochem, Abdur Razzaque and Elisabeth Dowling Root

    International Journal of Health Geographics 2016 15:32

    Published on: 1 September 2016

  16. Research

    Do marginalized neighbourhoods have less healthy retail food environments? An analysis using Bayesian spatial latent factor and hurdle models

    Findings of whether marginalized neighbourhoods have less healthy retail food environments (RFE) are mixed across countries, in part because inconsistent approaches have been used to characterize RFE ‘healthfu...

    Hui Luan, Leia M. Minaker and Jane Law

    International Journal of Health Geographics 2016 15:29

    Published on: 22 August 2016

  17. Methodology

    Using Gini coefficient to determining optimal cluster reporting sizes for spatial scan statistics

    Spatial and space–time scan statistics are widely used in disease surveillance to identify geographical areas of elevated disease risk and for the early detection of disease outbreaks. With a scan statistic, a...

    Junhee Han, Li Zhu, Martin Kulldorff, Scott Hostovich, David G. Stinchcomb, Zaria Tatalovich, Denise Riedel Lewis and Eric J. Feuer

    International Journal of Health Geographics 2016 15:27

    Published on: 3 August 2016

  18. Research

    Mapping intra-urban malaria risk using high resolution satellite imagery: a case study of Dar es Salaam

    With more than half of Africa’s population expected to live in urban settlements by 2030, the burden of malaria among urban populations in Africa continues to rise with an increasing number of people at risk o...

    Caroline W. Kabaria, Fabrizio Molteni, Renata Mandike, Frank Chacky, Abdisalan M. Noor, Robert W. Snow and Catherine Linard

    International Journal of Health Geographics 2016 15:26

    Published on: 30 July 2016

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