Current Social Science Research Report--Health #41, November 28, 2007.

CSSRR-Health is a weekly email report produced by the Data and Information Services Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. It seeks to help social science researchers keep up to date with the latest developments in the field. This report will contain selected listings of new: reports, articles, bibliographies, working papers, tables of contents, conferences, data, and websites. For more information, including an archive of back issues and subscription information see:

http://www.disc.wisc.edu/reports/cssrindex.html

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CSSRR-Health is compiled and edited by Jack Solock and Charlie Fiss.

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Index to this issue:

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CENTRAL GOVERNMENT AND NGO STATISTICAL PUBLICATIONS

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US STATES

NGO AND OTHER COUNTRIES

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OTHER REPORTS, ARTICLES, ETC.

WORKING PAPERS

TABLES OF CONTENTS

CONFERENCES

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

DATA

WEBSITES OF INTEREST

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CENTRAL GOVERNMENT STATISTICAL AND NGO PUBLICATIONS

US:

1. National Center for Health Statistics Report: "Deaths: Leading Causes for 2004," by Melonie Heron (National Vital Statistics Report, Vol. 56, No. 5, November 2007, .pdf format, 96p.).

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvsr/nvsr56/nvsr56_05.pdf

2. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report Surveillance Summary, Article:

A. "Abortion Surveillance --- United States, 2004," by Lilo T. Strauss, Sonya B. Gamble, Wilda Y. Parker, Douglas A. Cook, Suzanne B. Zane, and Saeed Hamdan (Vol. 56, Supplement 9, November 23, 2007, .pdf and HTML format, 33p.).

HTML:

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/ss5609a1.htm

.pdf:

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/PDF/ss/ss5609.pdf

B. "Prevalence of Regular Physical Activity Among Adults --- United States, 2001 and 2005," (Vol. 56, No. 46, November 23, 2007, .pdf and HTML format, p. 1209-1212).

HTML:

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5646a1.htm

.pdf:

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/PDF/wk/mm5646.pdf

3. Centers for Disease Control Report: "Health Disparities in HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STDs, and TB," by C. Brooke Steele, Lehida Meléndez-Morales, Richard Campoluci, Nickolas DeLuca, and Hazel D. Dean (November 2007, .pdf format, 56p.).

http://www.cdc.gov/nchhstp/healthdisparities/

Click on "Report" for link to full text.

4. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service Report: "School Nutrition Dietary Assessment Study--III" (November 2007, .pdf format).

http://www.fns.usda.gov/oane/menu/Published/CNP/cnp.htm

Related News Release (Nov. 27, 2007).

http://www.fns.usda.gov/cga/PressReleases/2007/FNS-0003.htm

5. Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Statistical Brief:

A. "Screening Colonoscopy among U.S. Noninstitutionalized Adult Population Age 50 and Older, 2005," by Anita Soni (Statistical Brief No. 188, November 2007, .pdf format, 7p.).

http://www.meps.ahrq.gov/mepsweb/data_stats/Pub_ProdResults_Details.jsp?pt=Statistical%20Brief&opt=2&id=836

B. "Co-pays and Coinsurance Percentages for an Office Visit to a Physician for Employer-Sponsored Health Insurance in the Private Sector, by Firm Size Classification, 2002-2005," by Beth Levin Crimmel (Statistical Brief No. 189, November 2007, .pdf format, 5p.).

http://www.meps.ahrq.gov/mepsweb/data_stats/Pub_ProdResults_Details.jsp?pt=Statistical%20Brief&opt=2&id=837

C. "Deductibles for Employer-Sponsored Health Insurance in the Private Sector, by Firm Size Classification, 2002-2005," by Beth Levin Crimmel (Statistical Brief No. 190, November 2007, .pdf format, 5p.).

http://www.meps.ahrq.gov/mepsweb/data_stats/Pub_ProdResults_Details.jsp?pt=Statistical%20Brief&opt=2&id=838

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US States:

North Carolina:

State Center for Health Statistics Report: "NC Vital Statistics Volume 2 Leading Causes of Death - 2006" (November 2007, HTML or .pdf format).

http://www.schs.state.nc.us/SCHS/deaths/lcd/2006/

North Dakota:

State Data Center Periodical: Economic Brief (Vol. 16, No. 11, November 2007, .pdf format, 3p.). The topic of this month's issue is: "Personal Health Care Expenditures in North Dakota: 2004."

http://www.ndsu.nodak.edu/sdc/publications/ebriefs/EB16_11Press.pdf

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NGO and Other Countries:

United Nations:

1. Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS Report: "AIDS Epidemic Update, 2007," (December 2007, .pdf format, 50p.). The report is linked to from a World Health Organization news release: "Global HIV prevalence has levelled off; AIDS is among the leading causes of death globally and remains the primary cause of death in Africa" (Nov. 20, 2007).

http://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/releases/2007/pr61/en/index.html

Click on "2007 AIDS epidemic update" on the right side of the page for link to full text.

2. World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe Monograph: HIV/AIDS treatment and care. Clinical protocols for the WHO European Region, edited by Irina Eramova, Srdan Matic and Monique Munz (2007, .pdf format, 496p.).

http://www.euro.who.int/eprise/main/who/InformationSources/Publications/Catalogue/20071121_1

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Australia:

Australian Institute for Welfare and Health Report: "Australia's mothers and babies 2005," by Paula Laws, Samanthi Abeywardana, Jane Walker, and Elizabeth A Sullivan (Perinatal statistics series no. 20, November 2007, .pdf format, 116p.).

http://www.aihw.gov.au/publications/index.cfm/title/10471

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Ireland:

Department of Health and Children Report: "Influenza Pandemic Preparedness in Ireland Joint Assessment Report 2007" (November 2007, .pdf format, 47p.). The report is linked to from a DHC press release: "Publication of Irish Influenza Pandemic Preparedness Assessment Report" (Nov. 26, 2007).

http://www.dohc.ie/press/releases/2007/20071126.html

Links to the report are at the bottom of the press release.

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Netherlands:

Statistics Netherlands Press Release, Web Magazine Article:

A. "Obesity leads to more sickness absence" (press release, Nov. 21, 2007, HTML and .pdf format, 2p.).

http://www.cbs.nl/en-GB/menu/themas/gezondheid-welzijn/publicaties/artikelen/archief/2007/2007-080-pb.htm

B. "Marginal increase average birth weight" (web magazine, Nov. 22, 2007).

http://www.cbs.nl/en-GB/menu/themas/bevolking/publicaties/artikelen/archief/2007/2007-90090-wk.htm

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New Zealand:

Ministry of Health/Manatu Hauora Report: "Suicide Facts: 2005-2006 data," by Erin Holmes (Public Health Intelligence Monitoring Report No. 15, November 2007, .pdf format, 31p.).

http://www.moh.govt.nz/moh.nsf/indexmh/suicide-facts-2005-2006-nov07

Click on "Publication Availability" for link to full text.

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Scotland:

National Health Services Scotland Reports:

A. "Acute Activity, Waiting Times and Waiting Lists to 30 September 2007 (quarterly and annual data)" (November 2007, HTML and Microsoft Excel format).

http://www.isdscotland.org/isd/5236.html

Click on "Acute Activity..." for link to tables.

B. "Sexually Transmitted Infections and Other Sexual Health Information for Scotland. Year of publication 2007" (November 2007, 49p.).

http://www.isdscotland.org/isd/991.html

Click on "Sexually Transmitted Infections..." for link to full text.

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South Africa:

Department of Health Report, News Release:

A. "Reference Price List (RPL) - 2008" (Government Gazette, Number 30410, November 2007, .pdf and Microsoft Excel format [some are .zip compressed Excel files]).

http://www.doh.gov.za/docs/nhrpl-f.html

B. "No increase in HIV prevalence in SA" (Nov. 21, 2007).

http://www.doh.gov.za/docs/pr/pr1121-f.html

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UK:

Health Protection Agency Report: "Testing Times - HIV and other Sexually Transmitted Infections in the United Kingdom: 2007" (November 2007, .pdf format, 123p.).

http://www.hpa.org.uk/infections/topics_az/hiv_sti/publications/AnnualReport/2007/default.htm

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OTHER REPORTS, ARTICLES, ETC.

Carolina Population Center MEASURE Evaluation Reports:

A. "Nigeria Reproductive Health, Child Health, and Education Household, School, and Health Facility Midline Surveys, 2007," by Joseph Keating (tr-07-63B, October 2007, .pdf format, 73p.).

http://www.cpc.unc.edu/measure/publications/pdf/tr-07-63B.pdf

B. "Jamaican Youth Risk and Resiliency Behaviour Survey 2006: Community-Based Survey on Risk and Resiliency Behaviours of 15-19 Year Olds," by (tr-07-64, November 2007, .pdf format, 235p.).

http://www.cpc.unc.edu/measure/publications/pdf/tr-07-64.pdf

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Kaiser Family Foundation Report: "Long-Term Service and Supports: The Future Role and Challenges for Medicaid," by Judith Kasper, Barbara Lyons, and Molly O’Malley (Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, September 2007, .pdf format, 24p.).

http://www.kff.org/medicaid/7671.cfm

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Fraser Institute Report: "Cost Burden of Prescription Drug Spending in Canada and the United States," by Brett J. Skinner and Mark Rovere (Fraser Alert, November 2007, .pdf format, 5p.).

http://www.fraserinstitute.org/COMMERCE.WEB/publication_details.aspx?pubID=5073

More information on FI:

http://www.fraserinstitute.org/aboutus/whoweare/

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Center for Science in the Public Interest Report: "School Foods Report Card 2007" (November 2007, .pdf format, 27p.). The report is linked to from a CSIPI news release: "Two-thirds of States Get Poor Grades on School Food Report Card" (Nov. 28, 2007).

http://www.cspinet.org/new/200711281.html

More information on CSIPI:

http://www.cspinet.org/about/index.html

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World Cancer Research Fund/American Institute for Cancer Research Report: "Food, Nutrition, Physical Activity, and the Prevention of Cancer: A Global Perspective," (2007, .pdf format, p.).

http://www.dietandcancerreport.org/?p=ER

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Journal of the American Medical Association Article Abstract: "Employers' Use of Value-Based Purchasing Strategies," by Meredith B. Rosenthal, Bruce E. Landon, Sharon-Lise T. Normand, Richard G. Frank, Thaniyyah S. Ahmad, and Arnold M. Epstein (Vol. 298, No. 19, November 21, 2007, p. 2281-2288).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/abstract/298/19/2281

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New England Journal of Medicine Articles:

A. "Presidential Politics and the Resurgence of Health Care Reform," by Jonathan Oberlander (Perspective, Vol. 357 No. 21, Nov. 22, 2007, HTML and .pdf format, p. 2104-2107). This article is available free of charge.

http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/full/357/21/2101

B. "The Fate of SCHIP--Surrogate Marker for Health Care Ideology?" by John K. Iglehart (Perspective, Vol. 357 No. 21, Nov. 22, 2007, HTML and .pdf format, p. 2104-2107). This article is available free of charge.

http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/full/357/21/2104

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British Medical Journal Editorial Extract, Article:

A. "Child wellbeing and inequalities in rich countries," by M.E. Black and H.E. Jeffrey (editorial extract, Vol. 335, No. 7629, Nov. 24, 2007, p. 1054).

http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/extract/335/7629/1054

B. "Child wellbeing and income inequality in rich societies: ecological cross sectional study," by Kate E. Pickett and Richard G. Wilkinson Vol. 335, No. 7629, Nov. 24, 2007, HTML and .pdf format, 7p. ). This article is available free of charge.

http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/full/335/7629/1080

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WORKING PAPERS:

Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research: "Do women with higher autonomy seek more maternal and child health-care? Evidence from Ethiopia and Eritrea," by Gebremariam Woldemicael (WP-2007-035, November 2007, .pdf format, 27p.).

Abstract:

Current research and policy on maternal and child health-care in Eritrea and Ethiopia focus primarily on female education and employment, while little attention is placed on women’s decision-making autonomy. However, the role of women’s decision-making in reproductive health cannot be overemphasized. In this paper, different dimensions of women’s decision-making autonomy and their relationship to maternal and child health-care utilization are investigated using data from the Demographic and Health Surveys of Ethiopia and Eritrea. We simultaneously consider the role of socio-economic (indirect) indicators of women’s status . The study shows that most autonomy indicators are important predictors of maternal and child health-care utilization although the strength and statistical significance vary by health-care utilization outcome and country, and in some cases significance is lost when socio-economic indicators are held constant. The strong positive effect of women’s sole decision-making in visiting family or relatives on use of antenatal care and child immunization is particularly impressive. On the other hand, the loss of significance of other dimensions of women’s decision-making when socio-economic factors are controlled for indicates that some health-care seeking behaviours are more dependent on socio-economic factors like education and employment. The results show that most socio-economic indicators have strong influence on both women’s decision-making autonomy and on maternal and child health-care utilization. These findings suggest that both women’s autonomy and socio-economic indicators should be analyzed in order to derive a complete understanding of the determinants of maternal and child health-care utilization.

http://www.demogr.mpg.de/papers/working/wp-2007-035.pdf

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Institute for Research and Information in Health Economics (IRDES) [Paris]: "Psychosocial resources and social health inequalities in France: Exploratory findings from a general population survey," by Florence Jusot, Michel Grignon, and Paul Durgnon (WP No. 6, September 2007, .pdf format,

Abstract:

We study the psychosocial determinants of health, and their impact on social inequalities in health in France. We use a unique general population survey to assess the respective impact on self-assessed health status of subjective perceptions of social capital controlling for standard sociodemographic factors (occupation, income, education, age and gender). The survey is unique for two reasons: First, we use a variety of measures to describe self-perceived social capital (trust and civic engagement, social support, sense of control, and self-esteem). Second, we can link these measures of social capital to a wealth of descriptors of health status and behaviours. We find empirical support for the link between the subjective perception of social capital and health. Sense of control at work is the most important determinant of health status. Other important ones are civic engagement and social support. To a lesser extent, sense of being lower in the social hierarchy is associated with poorer health status. On the contrary, relative deprivation does not affect health in our survey. Since access to social capital is not equally distributed in the population, these findings suggest that psychosocial factors can explain a substantial part of social inequalities in health in France.

http://www.irdes.fr/EspaceAnglais/Publications/WorkingPapers/DT6PsychosocialSocialHealthFrance.pdf

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JOURNAL TABLES OF CONTENTS (check your library for availability):

AIDS (Vol. 21, No. 18, Supplement 6, November 30, 2007).

No. 18:

http://www.aidsonline.com/pt/re/aids/toc.00002030-200711300-00000.htm

Suppl. 6:

http://www.aidsonline.com/pt/re/aids/toc.00002030-200711006-00000.htm

American Journal of Epidemiology (Vol. 166, No. 12, Dec. 15, 2007).

http://aje.oxfordjournals.org/content/vol166/issue12/index.dtl?etoc

Environmental Research (Vol. 106, No. 1, January 2008).

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/00139351

Health Economics, Policy, and Law (Vol. 2, No. 4, Oct. 2007).

http://www.journals.cambridge.org/action/displayIssue?jid=HEP&volumeId=2&issueId=04

International Journal for Quality in Health Care (Vol. 19, No. 6, December 2007). Note: Full electronic text of this journal is available in the ProQuest Research Library. Check your library for the availability of this database and this issue.

http://intqhc.oxfordjournals.org/content/vol19/issue6/index.dtl

Journal of Biosocial Science (Vol. 40, No. 1, Jan. 2008).

http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayIssue?jid=JBS&volumeId=40&issueId=01

Medical Care Research and Review (Vol. 64, No. 6, December 2007). Note: Full electronic text of this journal is available in the ProQuest Research Library. Check your library for the availability of this database and this issue.

http://mcr.sagepub.com/content/vol64/issue6/?etoc

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CONFERENCES:

Unite for Sight: "Unite For Sight 5th Annual International Health Conference: Building Global Health For Today & Tomorrow," a conference to be held in New Haven, Connecticut, Apr. 12-13, 2008. For more information see:

http://uniteforsight.org/conference/2008/

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES:

Academy Health: Academy Health's employment page has been updated with opportunities from Nov. 20-27, 2007).

http://www.academyhealth.org/career/employment.htm

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American Statistical Association: ASA Jobweb has been updated with opportunities from Nov. 21-28, 2007).

http://jobs.amstat.org/search/results/

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DATA:

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Data Archive (University of Michigan, Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research]: "The data and documentation files for the 2006 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) study have been released and are now available for download and online analysis." Note: Some ICPSR studies are available only to ICPSR member institutions. To find out whether your organization is a member, and whether or not it supports ICPSR Direct downloading, see:

http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/membership/index.html

NSDUH:

http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/cocoon/SAMHDA/STUDY/21240.xml

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Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research: ICPSR at he University of Michigan released several new datasets between Nov. 19-27, 2007 which may be of interest to Health researchers. Note: Some ICPSR studies are available only to ICPSR member institutions. To find out whether your organization is a member, and whether or not it supports ICPSR Direct downloading, see:

http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/membership/index.html

All new and updated data in the last 90 days can be found at:

http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/access/recent.html

Click on "list".

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UK Data Archive (Essex University, Colchester, UK): The UK Data Archive has recently added the following datasets to its holdings. Note: There maybe charges or licensing requirements on holdings of the UK Data Archive. For more information see:

http://www.data-archive.ac.uk/

SN 5750 -Welsh Health Survey, 2005-2006

http://www.data-archive.ac.uk/findingData/snDescription.asp?sn=5750

SN 5721 -Primary Care-Led Commissioning in England and Wales: the Changing Complexity of Governance for Quality, 1991-2005

http://www.data-archive.ac.uk/findingData/snDescription.asp?sn=5721

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WEBSITES OF INTEREST:

International Network Health Policy and Reform: This is "the website of the international network health policy & reform, a 20-country-project initiated and sponsored by the Bertelsmann Stiftung since 2002, associated with the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies." "The network partners are highly qualified teams of researchers, specialized observers or advisers of the health policy making process. Every six months, the experts report and comment on five or more health policy trends and developments from their countries. For this purpose, a semi-standardized questionnaire was developed and agreed upon in cooperation with all network partners. To date, more than 500 comprehensive reports can be looked up in our online database. Conducted in March 2003, the first survey covered the period September 2002 to February 2003. To date, eight survey rounds have been carried out, with round nine due April 2007. Findings from the half-yearly surveys are also disseminated the traditional way. A half-yearly printed report, published approximately four months after the survey, highlights selected health policy issues. Criteria for inclusion of issues in any survey round are innovation, potential impact on the status quo of a health care system, and transferability to other health care systems."

http://www.hpm.org/en/index.html

More information about INHPR:

http://www.hpm.org/en/About_Us/About_the_project.html

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United Nations World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe "My Story." "Some users and ex-users of mental health services in the WHO European Region agreed to share their personal experiences. Their accounts question the appropriateness of the treatment some of them received and open a debate that should involve all stakeholders. These stories were collected through a questionnaire, inspired by the 2005 Mental Health Declaration for Europe and sent to users and ex-users of services in 18 countries. This work was made possible through a donation from the Margrét Björgólfsdóttir Memorial Fund in Iceland.

http://www.euro.who.int/mentalhealth/topics/20071113_1

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