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Ranking of cities according to public health criteria: pitfalls and opportunities.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  15053999     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Popular magazines often rank cities in terms of various aspects of quality of life. Such ranking studies can motivate people to visit or relocate to a particular city or increase the frequency with which they engage in healthy behaviors. With careful consideration of study design and data limitations, these efforts also can assist policymakers in identifying local public health issues. We discuss considerations in interpreting ranking studies that use environmental measures of a city population's public health related to physical activity, nutrition, and obesity. Ranking studies such as those commonly publicized are constrained by statistical methodology issues and a lack of a scientific basis in regard to design.
Sandra A Ham; Sarah Levin; Amy I Zlot; Richard R Andrews; Rebecca Miles
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  American journal of public health     Volume:  94     ISSN:  0090-0036     ISO Abbreviation:  Am J Public Health     Publication Date:  2004 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-03-31     Completed Date:  2004-04-28     Revised Date:  2013-06-09    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  1254074     Medline TA:  Am J Public Health     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  546-9     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Physical Activity and Health Branch, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA 30341, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Cities / classification*,  statistics & numerical data
City Planning / standards
Data Collection / methods,  standards
Data Interpretation, Statistical
Environmental Health / standards
Evidence-Based Medicine / standards
Health Surveys
Information Dissemination
Periodicals as Topic
Population Dynamics
Public Health / standards
Quality of Life*
Reproducibility of Results
Research Design / standards*
Selection Bias
Urban Health / standards*

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