Population Health: Behavioral and Social Science Insights
Edited by Robert M. Kaplan, Michael L. Spittel, Daryn H. David
This book comprises 23 chapters focused on what we know and what is still to be learned about the effects of various behavioral and social factors on longevity, disability and illness, and quality of life, primarily at the population level. Factors such as access to health care, educational attainment, nutrition, physical activity, use of tobacco products, and non-communicable diseases are considered, along with many other determinants of health and longevity. Several chapters focus on improving methods for behavioral and social science research. In addition, many of the authors examine the state of Americans' health and well-being and our return on investment in health care expenditures in comparison with other developed and developing countries.
Section I: Demographic and Social Epidemiological Perspectives on Population Health
Income Inequality and Health: A Causal Review
Labor Policy and Work, Family, and Health in the Twenty-First Century
Social and Behavioral Interventions to Improve Health and Reduce Disparities in Health
The Burden of Non-Communicable Diseases in the Developing World: A Role for Social and Behavioral Research
Identifying the Principal Factors Responsible for Improvements in the Health of Populations
Section II: Influence of Policies Focused on Behavioral Risk Factors
Changing Population Behavior and Reducing Health Disparities: Exploring the Potential of "Choice Architecture" Interventions
Application of Behavior Change Theory to Preventing Unintentional Injuries
Cigarettes: The Rise and Decline But Not Demise of the Greatest Behavioral Health Disaster of the 20th Century
Physical Activity: Numerous Benefits and Effective Interventions
How Health Impact Assessments Shape Interventions
Behavioral and Social Science Aspects of the U.S. National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS): 2010 to 2015 and Beyond
Section III: Biological Influences on Development and Subsequent Well-Being
Epigenomics and the Unheralded Convergence of the Biological and Social Sciences
The Brain on Stress: How Behavior and the Social Environment "Get Under the Skin"
Section IV: Value of Investing in Health Care
The Science of Making Better Decisions About Health: Cost-Effectiveness and Cost-Benefit Analysis
The Contribution of Behavior Change and Public Health to Improved U.S. Population Health
Health Economics and Improvements in Behavioral Health
Evidence-Based Psychotherapies: Novel Models of Delivering Treatment
Section V: Emerging Tools for Studying Population Health
Mathematical and Computational Simulation of the Behavioral and Social Drivers of Population Health
Understanding the Relationship Between Education and Health: A Review of the Evidence and an Examination of Community Perspectives
Aligning Medical Education with the Nation's Health Priorities: Innovations in Physician Training in Behavioral and Social Sciences
Determinants of Health and Longevity
New Directions for Behavioral and Social Science Strategies to Improve Health
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This report has been jointly produced by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research, National Institutes of Health (NIH). The findings and conclusions presented herein are those of the authors, who are responsible for the content; the findings and conclusions do not necessarily represent the views of AHRQ, NIH, or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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Suggested citation: Kaplan R, Spittel M, David D (Eds). Population Health: Behavioral and Social Science Insights. AHRQ Publication No. 15-0002. Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research, National Institutes of Health; July 2015.
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