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  1. Methodology

    Characterisation of the natural environment: quantitative indicators across Europe

    The World Health Organization recognises the importance of natural environments for human health. Evidence for natural environment-health associations comes largely from single countries or regions, with varie...

    Graham Smith, Marta Cirach, Wim Swart, Audrius Dėdelė, Christopher Gidlow, Elise van Kempen, Hanneke Kruize, Regina Gražulevičienė and Mark J. Nieuwenhuijsen

    International Journal of Health Geographics 2017 16:16

    Published on: 26 April 2017

  2. Methodology

    Optimising spatial accessibility to inform rationalisation of specialist health services

    In an era of budget constraints for healthcare services, strategies for provision of services that improve quality whilst saving costs are highly valued. A proposed means to achieve this is consolidation of se...

    Catherine M. Smith, Hannah Fry, Charlotte Anderson, Helen Maguire and Andrew C. Hayward

    International Journal of Health Geographics 2017 16:15

    Published on: 21 April 2017

  3. Research

    Development of a spatial sampling protocol using GIS to measure health disparities in Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso, a medium-sized African city

    Many cities in developing countries experience an unplanned and rapid growth. Several studies have shown that the irregular urbanization and equipment of cities produce different health risks and uneven exposu...

    Daouda Kassié, Anna Roudot, Nadine Dessay, Jean-Luc Piermay, Gérard Salem and Florence Fournet

    International Journal of Health Geographics 2017 16:14

    Published on: 18 April 2017

  4. Research

    The relationship between ethnic composition of the residential environment and self-reported health among Turks and Moroccans in Amsterdam

    Previous studies from the US and UK suggest that neighbourhood ethnic composition is associated with health, positive or negative, depending on the health outcome and ethnic group. We examined the association ...

    Eleonore M. Veldhuizen, Umar Z. Ikram, Sjoerd de Vos and Anton E. Kunst

    International Journal of Health Geographics 2017 16:12

    Published on: 12 April 2017

  5. Methodology

    A modification to geographically weighted regression

    Geographically weighted regression (GWR) is a modelling technique designed to deal with spatial non-stationarity, e.g., the mean values vary by locations. It has been widely used as a visualization tool to exp...

    Yin-Yee Leong and Jack C. Yue

    International Journal of Health Geographics 2017 16:11

    Published on: 31 March 2017

  6. Research

    The role of the built environment in explaining educational inequalities in walking and cycling among adults in the Netherlands

    This study examined whether characteristics of the residential built environment (i.e. population density, level of mixed land use, connectivity, accessibility of facilities, accessibility of green) contribute...

    Daniël C. van Wijk, Joost Oude Groeniger, Frank J. van Lenthe and Carlijn B. M. Kamphuis

    International Journal of Health Geographics 2017 16:10

    Published on: 31 March 2017

  7. Research

    Influence of Pokémon Go on physical activity levels of university players: a cross-sectional study

    The prevalence of overweight is increasing and the effectiveness of various weight management and exercise programs varied. An augmented reality smartphone game, Pokémon Go, appears to increase activity levels...

    Fiona Y. Wong

    International Journal of Health Geographics 2017 16:8

    Published on: 22 February 2017

    The Erratum to this article has been published in International Journal of Health Geographics 2017 16:17

  8. Editorial

    From urban planning and emergency training to Pokémon Go: applications of virtual reality GIS (VRGIS) and augmented reality GIS (ARGIS) in personal, public and environmental health

    The latest generation of virtual and mixed reality hardware has rekindled interest in virtual reality GIS (VRGIS) and augmented reality GIS (ARGIS) applications in health, and opened up new and exciting opport...

    Maged N. Kamel Boulos, Zhihan Lu, Paul Guerrero, Charlene Jennett and Anthony Steed

    International Journal of Health Geographics 2017 16:7

    Published on: 20 February 2017

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. 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

  16. 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

  17. 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

  18. 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

  19. 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

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