Social dimension of medicine, effects of globalisation

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Social medicine is a new branch at RSU. While the number of publications is not particularly high, promising research has been recently done on social psychiatry, social work, end-of-life and palliative care, addictions and dependencies, individual and societal health sustainability, public health, human resources in health sector.



  • Rancans E., Terauds E., Taube M.: Psychiatry in Latvia: A journey through the past three centuries, Nord. J. Psychiatr. 66(6), pp. 428-432, 2012, doi:10.3109/08039488.2012.669793/

  • Springe L., Villerusa A.: Alcohol drinking behavior of 18-25 aged young adults in association with experienced family violence during childhood in Latvia, Eur. J. Public Health. Vol. 22 Suppl. 2, pp. 223-224, 2012

  • Zile I., Anita V.: The association between major birth defects of newborns and maternal agein Latvia, Eur. J. Public Health. Vol. 22 Suppl. 2, pp. 236-236, 2012

  • Konrade I., Dambrova M., Makrecka M., Neimane L., Strele I., Liepinsh E., Lejnieks A., Vevere P., Gruntmanis U., Pirags V.: Seasonal Iodine Deficiency in Latvian School Children, Thyroid. 22(10), pp. 1088-1089, 2012, doi:10.1089/thy.2011.0506

  • Margolina J., Margolin M., Klesmits E., Teibe U., Curikov J.: The Influence of Permanent Stress on Development of Obesity, Obes. Surg.. 22(9), pp. 1406-1407, 2012

  • Sumskas L., Zaborskis A., Aasve K., Gobina I., Pudule I.: Health-behaviour inequalities among Russian and ethnic majority school-aged children in the Baltic countries, Scand. J. Public Health. 40(6), pp. 553-562, 2012, doi:10.1177/1403494812456633

  • Mundt A., Franciskovic T., Gurovich I., Heinz A., Ignatyev Y., Ismayilov F., Kalapos M., Krasnov V., Mihai A., Mir J., Padruchny D., Potocan M., Raboch J., Taube M., Welbel M., Priebe S.: Changes in the Provision of Institutionalized Mental Health Care inPost-Communist Countries, PLoS One. 7(6), pp. -, 2012, doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0038490

  • Smite D., Ancane G.: Sense of emotional support in chronic low back pain patients, J. Psychosomatic. Res.. 72(6), pp. 470-470, 2012

  • Meekums B., Vaverniece I., Majore-Dusele I., Rasnacs O.: Dance movement therapy for obese women with emotional eating: A controlled pilot study, Arts Psych other.. 39(2), pp. 126-133, 2012, doi:10.1016/j.aip.2012.02.004

  • Cordon R., Ending E., Marques-Teixeira J., Milanova V., Rancans E., Schreiner A.: Descriptive analyses of the aripiprazole arm in the risperidonelong-acting injectable versus quetiapine relapse prevention trial(ConstaTRE), Eur. Arch. Psych. Clin. Neurosci. 262(2), pp. 139-149, 2012, doi:10.1007/s00406-011-0220-8

  • Skuja S., Groma V., Smane L.: Alcoholism and Cellular Vulnerability in Different Brain Regions, Ultrastructure. Pathol. 36(1), pp. 40-47, 2012, doi:10.3109/01913123.2011.629770

  • Kisis K., Krievins D., Naskovica K., Gedins M., Savlovskis J., Ezite N., Lietuvietis E., Zarins K.: Quality of Life After Endovascular Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair:Nellix Sac-Anchoring End prosthesis Versus Open Surgery, Med. Lith.. 48(6), pp. 286-291, 2012

  • Sudraba V., Martinsone K., Millere I., Rancans E.: Social intelligence for substance use disorders patients, Psychol. Health. Vol. 27 Suppl. 1, pp. 334-335, 2012

  • Dobelniece, S., Lace, T.: Global economic crisis in Latvia: Social policy and individuals' responses, Filosofija, Sociologija. 23(2), pp. 111-118, 2012

  • Horstmann, V., Haak, M., Tomsone, S., Iwarsson, S., Gräsbeck, A.: Life Satisfaction in Older Women in Latvia and Sweden-Relations to Standard of Living, Aspects of Health and Coping Behaviour, Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology. 27(4), pp. 391-407, 2012

  • Vitins, M., Rasnacs, O.: Preparation of specialty-integrated assignments in informatics study courses at the higher education level, Informatics in Education. 11(1), pp. 131-149, 2012

  • Sudraba V., Millere I., Rancans E.: Effectiveness of self-help groups and psychotherapy: self-assessment of patients with substance use disorders, Medicina (Kaunas). 48(10), pp. 544-551, 2012

  • Ozolins A., Narbuts Z., Strumfa I., Volanska G., Stepanovs K., Gardovskis J.: Immunohistochemical Expression of HBME-1, E-cadherin, and CD56 in the Differential Diagnosis of Thyroid Nodules, Medicina (Kaunas). 48(10), pp. 507-514, 2012

  • Rozenstoka, S.: Endurance ability characteristics of professional sportsmen, Journal of Human Sport and Exercise. 7(1), pp. S166-S172, 2012

  • Sudraba, V., Rancans, E., Millere, I.: The Emotional Intelligence features of substance use disorders patients: Pilot research results, International Journal of Collaborative Research on Internal Medicine and Public Health. 4(5), pp. 485-501, 2012


  • Sudraba, V, Dave, V.: Attendance and effectiveness of self-help groups and psychotherapy in substance use disorders patients’ assessment. Alcohol.Vol. 46, pp. 54 - 55, 2011

  • Sudraba, V, Rancans, E, Dave, V.: View of doctors and patients about dependence treatment help in Latvia. Alcohol.Vol. 46, pp. 56 - 56, 2011

  • Siliquini, R, Bert, F, Alonso, F, Berchialla, P, Colombo, A, Druart, A, Kedzia, M, Siliquini, V, Vankov, D, Villerusa, A, Manzoli, L.: Correlation between driving-related skill and alcohol use in young-adults from six European countries: the TEN-D by Night Project. BMC Public Health. Vol. 11, pp. el - el, 2011

  • Pliss, L, Brakmanis, A., Ranka, R, Elferts, D, Krumina, A, Baumanis, V.: The link between mitochondrial DNA hypervariable segment I heteroplasmy and ageing among genetically unrelated Latvians. Exp. Gerontol. Vol. 46, pp. 560 - 568, 2011

  • Kuzminskis, V, Rosenberg, M, Cernevskis, H, Bumblyte, IA.: History of renal replacement therapy in Baltic countries. J. Nephrol. Vol. 24, pp. S97 - S99, 2011

  • Karkou, V, Martinsone, K, Nazarova, N, Vaverniece, I: Art therapy in the postmodern world: Findings from a comparative study across the UK, Russia and Latvia. Arts Psychother. Vol. 38, pp. 86 - 95, 2011

  • Dranseika, V., Gefenas, E., Cekanauskaite, A., Hug, K., Mezinska, S., Peicius, E., Silis, V., Soosaar, A., Strosberg, M.: Twenty years of human research ethics committees in the Baltic states. Dev. World Bioeth. Vol. 11, pp. 48 - 54, 2011

  • Rusaka, M, Rancans, E.: Clinical features and stressful life events before development of first-episode acute transient psychosis. Eur. Neuropsychopharmacol. Vol. 21, pp. S69 - S69, 2011

  • Luse, A.: From social pathologies to individual psyches: psychiatry navigating socio-political currents in 20th-century Latvia. Hist. Psychiatr. Vol. 22, pp. 20 - 39, 2011

  • Sauka, M, Priedite, IS, Artjuhova, L, Larins, V, Selga, G, Dahlstrom, O, Timpka, T.: Physical fitness in northern European youth: Reference values from the Latvian Physical Health in Youth Study. Scand. J. Public Health Vol. 39, pp. 35 - 43, 2011

  • Rostoka, D., Kroiča, J., Reinis, A., Kuzņecova, V.: The role of oral anaerobic bacteria, and influence of social and health factors in halitosis aethiology. Proceedings of the Latvian Academy of Sciences, Section B: Natural, Exact, and Applied Sciences Vol. 65, pp. 102 - 109, 2011

  • Mozeika, E.: Visiting the Department of Dermatology at Roskilde Hospital, Denmark. Forum for Nordic Dermato-Venerology Vol. 16, pp. 106., 2011

  • Landsmane, I, Brower, KJ, Conroy, DA, Arnedt, JT, Hoffmann, R, Armitage, R.: Actigraphy Versus Polysomnography in Alcohol-Dependent Individuals (vol 20, pg 382, 2011). Am. J. Addict. Vol. 20, pp. 587 - 587, 2011

  • Renemane, L, Purina, I, Kupca, B.: Development of daily self-care activities to improve social functioning of people with mild mental retardation att. Eur. Neuropsychopharmacol. Vol. 21, pp. S337 - S338, 2011

  • Deklava, L., Millere, I., Circenis, K.: Stress coping among nurses in Latvia. HealthMED Vol. 5, pp. 1468 - 1473, 2011

  • Salmane-Kulikovska, I., Mezinska, S., Dobelniece, S., Rungule, R.: Information sources regarding common cold medicines in Latvia. Filosofija, Sociologija, 22 (2), pp. 198-206. Vol. 22, pp. 198 - 206, 2011

  • Stukena, I., Apanavičiene, D.A., Bahs, G., Kalvelis, A., Dzerve, V., Ansmite, B., Kalejs, O., Lejnieks, A.: Blood pressure control in treated hypertensive patients in daily practice of Latvian family physicians. Medicina (Kaunas) Vol. 47, pp. 586 - 592, 2011

  • Circenis, K., Millere, I.: Compassion fatigue, burnout and contributory factors among nurses in Latvia. Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences Vol. 30, pp. 2042 - 2046, 2011

  • Deklava, L., Millere, I.: Emotional intelligence among surgical nurses in Latvia. Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences Vol. 30, pp. 1908 - 1912, 2011

  • Kruk, S.: Evicting the Speaking Subject: A Critique of Latvian Concepts of Language. Journal of Baltic Studies Vol. 42, pp. 447 - 463, 2011

  • Mozeika, E, Pilmane, M, Kisis, J: Distribution and appearance of antimicrobial peptides, neuropeptides and inflammatory markers in psoriatic lesions. Br. J. Dermatol. Vol. 165, pp. E31 - E31, 2011

  • Mironov, V, Nagy-Mehesz, A, Kasyanov, V, Ozolanta, I, Pereira, FDAS, Rezende, RA, da Silva, JVL: Enabling technologies for organ printing: toward organ biofabrication line. Int. J. Artif. Organs Vol. 34, pp. 623 - 623, 2011


  • Rancans, E, Rusaka, M.: Acute and transient psychosis: focus on clinical features and stressful life events before the first episode. Eur. Neuropsychopharmacol. Vol. 20, pp. S445 - S446, 2010

  • Rusaka, M, Rancans, E: First-episode acute and transient psychotic disorder: 6 year follow-up in outpatient care department. Eur. Neuropsychopharmacol. Vol. 21, pp. S458 - S459, 2010

  • Vanzino, SB, Alonso, F, Berchialla, P, Carena, F, Druart, A, Kedzia, M, Manzoli, L, Mollica, A, Vankov, D, Villerusa, A, Siliquini, R.: Ten D by Night (Dark, Dance, Disco, Dose, Drugs, Drive, Danger, Damage, Disability, Death): results of a European multi-centric portal survey. Eur. J. Public Health Vol. 20, pp. 131 - 132, 2010

  • Anttila, A., Arbyn, M, Veerus, P, Viberga, I, Kurtinaitiene, R, Valerianova, Z, Apostol, I, Baili, P, Micheli, A.: Barriers in cervical cancer screening programs in new European Union member states. Tumori Vol. 96, pp. 515 - 516, 2010

  • Viberga, I, Engele, L, Baili, P.: Past, present and future of the cervical cancer screening in Latvia. Tumori Vol. 96, pp. 529 - 537, 2010

  • Gefenas, E, Dranseika, V, Cekanauskaite, A, Hug, K, Mezinska, S, Peicius, E, Silis, V, Soosaar, A, Strosberg, M.: Non-equivalent stringency of ethical review in the Baltic States: a sign of a systematic problem in Europe? J. Med. Ethics Vol. 36, pp. 435 - 439, 2010

  • Sanchez-Mazas, A, Nunes, JM, Vidan-Jeras, B, Fischer, G, Little, AM, Bekmane, U, Buhler, S, Buus, S, Dormoy, A, Dubois, V, Eberhard, HP, Eglite, E, Gonzalez-Galarza, F, Grubic, Z, Ivanova, M, Lie, B, Ligeiro, D, Lokki, ML, Torres, HM, Marsh, SGE, da Silva.: HLA-NET, an EU-funded network for research on HLA diversity. Tissue Antigens Vol. 75, pp. 505 - 506, 2010

  • Siliquini, R, Piat, SC, Alonso, F, Druart, A, Kedzia, M, Mollica, A, Siliquini, V, Vankov, D, Villerusa, A, Manzoli, L.: A European study on alcohol and drug use among young drivers: the TEND by Night study design and methodology. BMC Public Health Vol. 10, 2010

  • Schreiner, A, Hoeben, D, Lahaye, M, Tessier, C, Naber, D, Peuskens, J, Vauth, R, Gasic, MJ, Rancans, E, Didi, R.: A flecible-dose study of paliperidone er in non-acute patients with schizophrenia previously unsuccessfully treated with aripiprazole. Schizophr. Res. Vol. 117, pp. 499 - 499, 2010

  • Bell, JS, Aaltonen, SE, Airaksinen, MS, Volmer, D, Gharat, MS, Muceniece, R, Vitola, A, Foulon, V, Desplenter, FA, Chen, TF.: Determinants of mental health stigma among pharmacy students in Australia, Belgium, Estonia, Finland, India and Latvia. Int. J. Soc. Psychiatr. Vol. 56, pp. 3 - 14, 2010

  • Hanovs, D.: Minority Integration in Central Eastern Europe: Between Ethnic Diversity and Equality. J. Baltic Stud. Vol. 41, pp. 405 - 407, 2010

  • Rusaka, M, Rancans, E: First-episode acute and transient psychotic disorder: 6 year follow-up in outpatient care department. Eur. Neuropsychopharmacol. Vol. 21, pp. S458 - S459, 2011


  • Eglitis, DS, Lace, T: Stratification and the Poverty of Progress in Post-Communist Latvian Capitalism. Acta Sociol. Vol. 52, pp. 329 - 349, 2009

  • De Arce, R, Eding, E, Marques, T, Milanova, V, Rancans, E, Ibach, B, Schreiner, A: Descriptive analysis of the Aripiprazole arm in the Risperidone long-acting injectable vs. Quetiapine relapse prevention trial (constaTRE). Pharmacopsychiatry Vol. 42, pp. 214 - 214, 2009

  • Vetra, A: Role of Rehabilitation Faculty of Riga Stradins University in Development of Multiprofessional Rehabilitation Services in Latvia. Int. J. Rehabil. Res. Vol. 32, pp. S1 - S2, 2009

  • Ose, I, Pavare, Z, Umbrasko, S, Ananjeva, T, Vetra, A: Evaluation of Posture and Gait in Schoolchildren in Jurmala. Int. J. Rehabil. Res. Vol. 32, pp. S104 - S104, 2009

  • Kalkis, H, Kalkis, V, Roja, Z: Workplace Rehabilitation as an Effective Tool for Promoting Employees Workability. Int. J. Rehabil. Res. Vol. 32, pp. S84 - S84, 2009

  • Vilka, L, Pelse, I: Social Work in Rehabilitation: Challenges and Perspectives in Latvia. Int. J. Rehabil. Res. Vol. 32, pp. S60 - S60, 2009

  • Kruk, S: Wars of Statues in Latvia: The History Told and Made by Public Sculpture. Rev. Belg. Philol. Hist. Vol. 87, pp. 705 - 721, 2009

  • Holstein, BE, Currie, C, Boyce, W, Damsgaard, MT, Gobina, I, Kokonyei, G, Hetland, J, de Looze, M, Richter, M, Due, P: Socio-economic inequality in multiple health complaints among adolescents: international comparative study in 37 countries. Int. J. Public Health Vol. 54, pp. 260 - 270, 2009


  • Bell, JS, Aaltonen, SE, Bronstein, E, Desplenter, FA, Foulon, V, Vitola, A, Muceniece, R, Gharat, MS, Volmer, D, Airaksinen, MS, Chen, TF: Attitudes of pharmacy students toward people with mental disorders, a six country study. Pharm. World Sci. Vol. 30, pp. 595 - 599, 2008

  • Ventaskrasta, L, Grinberga, S: Physiotherapist work in the habilitation learn in elementary school. Int. J. Psychol. Vol. 43, pp. 814 - 814, 2008

  • Corbet, E, Akinwade, J, Duggal, R, Gebreegziabher, G, Hirvikangas, H, Hysi, D, Katrova, L, Karaharju-Suvanto, T, McGrath, C, Ono, K, Radnai, M, Schwarz, E, Scott, J, Sixou, JL, Soboleva, U, Uoshima, K, Yaneva-Ribagina, K, Fox, C: Staff recruitment, development and global mobility. Eur. J. Dent. Educ. Vol. 12, pp. 149 - 160, 2008

  • Kruk, S: Semiotics of visual iconicity in Leninist 'monumental' propaganda. Vis. Commun. Vol. 7, pp. 27 - 56, 2008

  • Gobina, I, Zaborskis, A, Pudule, I, Kalnins, I, Villerusa, A: Bullying and subjective health among adolescents at schools in Latvia and Lithuania. Int. J. Public Health Vol. 53, pp. 272 - 276, 2008

  • Boiko, M: Muzikologija/muzikas zinatne: A critical history of Latvian musicology. J. Baltic Stud. Vol. 39, pp. 325 - 340, 2008

  • Hakansson, A, Ovhed, I, Jurgutis, A, Kalda, R, Ticmane, G: Family medicine in the Baltic countries. Scand. J. Prim. Health Care Vol. 26, pp. 67 - 69, 2008


  • Krauja, N, Vitola, A: The influence of the ownership of pharmacy on its pharmaceutical practice. Eur. J. Pharm. Sci. Vol. 32, pp. S30 - S30, 2007

  • Roja, Z, Roja, I, Bertholds, M, Kalkis, H: The use of psychodynamic cognitive hypnodrama among working woman who suffered from sexual harassment and violence at the workplace. Int. J. Rehabil. Res. Vol. 30, pp. 113 - 114, 2007

  • Ozolina, V: Analysis of accessibility of pharmaceutical care in Latvia and obstacles of implementation of pharmaceutical care in Latvian pharmacies. Eur. J. Pharm. Sci. Vol. 32, pp. S14 - S15, 2007

  • Vlahovic-Palcevski V., Dumpis U., Mitt P., Gulbinovic J., Struwe J., Palcevski G., Stimac D., Lagergren A., Bergman U.: Benchmarking antimicrobial drug use at university hospitals in five European countries. Clinical Microbiology and Infection Vol. 13, pp. 277 - 283, 2007


  • Kruks, S: Ears and father, ogres and community: Reply to Guntis Smidchens. J. Folk. Res. Vol. 43, pp. 281 - 295, 2006

  • Metra, M, Elsone, L, Millers, A, Murzina, M, Paegle, A, Kalnina, J: Analysis of clinical manifestations in the initial phase of multiple sclerosis from database of Latvia. Mult. Scler. Vol. 12, pp. S34 - S34, 2006

  • Viberga, I, Odlind, V, Lazdane, G: Characteristics of women at low risk of STI presenting with pelvic inflammatory disease. Eur. J. Contracept. Reprod. Health Care Vol. 11, pp. 60 - 68, 2006

  • Rozental R.: Organ donors: deceased or alive? Quo vadis? Annals of transplantation : quarterly of the Polish Transplantation Society Vol. 11, pp. 49 - 51, 2006

  • Strele, I, Brigis, G: Diabetes mellitus and mental well-being in Latvia, 2003. Eur. J. Public Health Vol. 16, pp. 144 - 144, 2006

  • Iwarsson S., Nygren C., Oswald F., Wahl H.-W., Tomsone S.: Environmental barriers and housing accessibility problems over a one-year period in later life in three European countries. Journal of Housing for the Elderly Vol. 20, pp. 23 - 43, 2006

  • Jansone M., Lazdane G.: Audit of perinatal deaths in a tertiary level hospital in Latvia (1995-1999) using the Nordic-Baltic perinatal death classification: Evidence of suboptimal care. Journal of Maternal-Fetal and Neonatal Medicine Vol. 19, pp. 503 - 507, 2006

  • Karapetyan A.V., Valtneris A.D.: Sphygmographic method for determining the vasoconstrictor sensitivity of the circulatory apparatus to hypercapnia in athletes. Human Physiology Vol. 32, pp. 371 - 373, 2006