Monthly Archives: April 2020

They’ve come a long way – to be confronted with an even longer licensure process in Germany: Syrian doctors in Germany

Germany, like many other regions around the world, relies on international doctors to supplement its locally trained medical staff and support their health care system. However, Syrian doctors who have immigrated to Germany have reported being confronted with a convoluted and difficult application process to obtain their medical licenses. Professor Julika Loss and colleagues, from the University of Regensburg, interviewed Syrian doctors, who had immigrated to Germany, to report on their experience of the medical license application system. In this blog, Professor Loss tells us more about their study, published this week in BMC Health Services Research


Household chaos associated with a number of adverse child, parent, and family-level outcomes


Household chaos, represented by the level of disorganisation or environmental confusion in the home, has been associated with a range of adverse child and family outcomes. A study published today in BMC Public Health highlights the need to consider the importance of household chaos in child well-being research. Dr Samantha Marsh discusses her scoping review in this blog.


Integrating Domestic Violence Prevention and Mitigation into Global COVID-19 Preparedness and Relief Efforts


This week is National Public Health Week (NPHW), marking the recognition of important public health issues. During these trying times and amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the acknowledgement of public health contributions is more important than ever. With today’s NPHW theme focused on violence prevention, Dr Nafisa Halim, Associate Editor for BMC Public Health, discusses the recent increase in domestic violence in light of lockdowns and how prevention is key.


What impact do tobacco-style health warning labels have when applied to alcohol and food products, and how acceptable might they be?


Health warning labels (HWLs) using images that depict the negative health consequences of tobacco consumption can encourage smokers to quit. But should we consider using them on other products that harm our health, namely alcohol and foods high in fat, sugar or salt? In this blog, the authors summarize their new research published in BMC Public Health