The quarterly Journal of Health Sciences and Surveillance System is a non profitable periodical, common to the School of Health and Nutrition and the vice-chancellor for Health at Shiraz University of Medical Sciences. The journal publishes original research papers, short communications, scientific notes, case reports, letter to editors, and review articles in English. The scope of papers comprises all aspects of Health Sciences and Surveillance System. The Editorial Board would be glad to receive your original papers on any area of Health Sciences.



Dear Authors


We respectfully inform the esteemed authors that editorial Board has decided to receive a fee for the initial review and Publication of articles in JHSSS at the last meeting (Since 17st January 2022). For more information about the charges please see the article charges section at guide for authors Link.


Prof. K. Azizi

Editor in Chief;



Review Articles
1. Evaluating the Effectiveness of Mandala Coloring on Mental Health in Iran: A Systematic Review

Mahsa Hosseini; Zahra Borzabadi Farahani

Volume 10, Issue 2 , April 2022, Pages 144-149

  Introduction: Mandala coloring is a branch of art therapy that significantly impacts maintaining and promoting various dimensions of mental health. However, it has received little attention as a complementary treatment to cure and prevent mental disorders. This study aims to evaluate, in a systematic ...  Read More

Review Articles
2. Reference Range of Serum Zinc Concentration in Patients with Heart Failure: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis of Cross-Sectional Studies in the 21st Century

Mohammad Jalali; Michael E Symonds; Morteza Zare; Zahra Sohrabi

Volume 10, Issue 2 , April 2022, Pages 150-157

  Background: Heart failure (HF) is a clinical disorder and Zinc is an important cofactor in regulating oxidative status.The present study aimed to determine the mean concentration of serum zinc in patients with HF. Methods: PubMed, Embase, Scopus, and Web of Science were used in the present systematic ...  Read More

Original Articles
3. Application of Geospatial Technology for Infectious Disease Surveillance: A Study of Covid-19 Pandemic in North-east India

Anwesha Mahanta

Volume 10, Issue 2 , April 2022, Pages 158-167

  Background: The COVID-19 pandemic has shattered the global health system and caused havoc worldwide. Since there is no proper medication, non-pharmaceutical intervention methods are followed to mitigate viral transmission. For its proper implementation, it is crucial to track the spatial pattern of transmission ...  Read More

Original Article
4. Effect of Training Intervention and Exercises on Retirement Syndrome and Quality of Life of Elderly Retired Men in South of Iran

Sanaz Dastmanesh; Leila Ghahremani; Mohammad Hossein Kaveh; Mohammad Fararouei

Volume 10, Issue 2 , April 2022, Pages 168-174

  Background: Increased proportion of the retired population and the occurrence of retirement syndrome may significantly affect the Quality of life (QoL) and the well-being of older people. Therefore, the present study was conducted to examine the effect of training intervention on retirement syndrome ...  Read More

Original Article
5. Removal of Diclofenac from Aqueous Solutions Using Modified Pumice with Magnesium Chloride

Asghar Alahyari Solokloei; Mohammad Ali Baghapuor; Abooalfazl Azhdarpoor; Mohammad Reza Shirdarreh

Volume 10, Issue 2 , April 2022, Pages 175-182

  Background:Background: Diclofenac is one of the drug compounds that is known as an emerging contaminant in aqueous solutions. Studies have shown that biological treatment is not sufficient to treat these compounds and new methods such as adsorption should be used to prevent contamination of aquatic environments. ...  Read More

Original Article
6. The Effect of Cognitive-behavioral Therapy on Communication Skills and Eating Disorders among Adolescents with Eating Disorders

Tayebe Piri; Sara Saeidi

Volume 10, Issue 2 , April 2022, Pages 183-188

  Background: One of the main indications for cognitive behavioral treatment is eating disorders (CBT). This study examine the effectiveness of cognitive-behavioral therapy on communication skills and eating disorders among high school adolescents.Methods: The present study employed a quasi-experimental ...  Read More

Original Article
7. Heavy Metal Content of a Polyherbal Drug: Any Exposure-associated Public Health Risks?

Godswill J. Udom; Oluchi F. Obilor; Uduak P. Ise; Nkechi J. Onyeukwu; Anwanabasi E. Udoh; Ayodeji Aturamu; Omoniyi K. Yemitan

Volume 10, Issue 2 , April 2022, Pages 189-196

  Background: Heavy metal contaminations of herbal formulations have constituted a public health challenge in the sub-Saharan Africa region and even in some developed nations. The study aimed to evaluate the public health concerns of chronic exposure to a polyherbal drug suspected to contain heavy metals. ...  Read More

Original Article
8. Correlation between Dietary Inflammatory Index (DII) and Neck Circumference (NC) in Coronary Artery Disease Patients

Elahe Shamshirgardi; Fatemeh Najafitirehshabankareh; Neda Haghighat; Nitin Shivappa; James R. Hebert; Maedeh Jabbari; Yalda Mortazavi; Laya Saeid; Zahra Shamekhi

Volume 10, Issue 2 , April 2022, Pages 197-202

  Background : Inflammation, a risk factor for cardiovascular disease (CVD), is affected by diet.Dietary inflammatory index (DII) is used to determine inflammation of diet. In addition, Neck circumference (NC), an indicator for upper-body subcutaneous adipose tissue distribution, is related to cardiovascular ...  Read More

Original Article
9. Assess of Environmental and Ecological Risk of Heavy Metals Originated of Reverse Osmosis Desalination Plant Effluents to Coastal Areas in the Persian Gulf

Leila Rezaei; Vali Alipour; Amir Hesam Hassani; Mohsen Dehghani

Volume 10, Issue 2 , April 2022, Pages 203-209

  Background: the Persian Gulf ecosystem is facing degradation, so further degradation must be prevented. The present study was conducted to assess the environmental pollution risk potential of the coastal ecosystem due to heavy metal content in desalination plant’s effluent.Methods: In this cross-sectional ...  Read More

Original Article
10. An Epidemiological Study of Traffic Accidents Leading to Pedestrians’ Death in Ahwaz, Iran in 2015-2017

Tayebeh Rakhshani; Zahra Motlagh; Poran Hezarvand Zanganeh; Davood Farsi; Banafsheh Bizhani; Seyyed Saeed Hashemi Nazari

Volume 10, Issue 2 , April 2022, Pages 210-215

  Background: Traffic accidents are considered a major public health problem in many parts of the world. This study aimed to investigate the epidemiology of the accidents leading to pedestrians’ death in Ahvaz, Iran, in 2015-2017.Methods: This descriptive cross-sectional study was conducted in 2015-2017. ...  Read More

Original Article
11. Predicting Social Adjustment Based on the Ability to Solve Social Problems and Selfcompassion in Adolescents

Sara Arshi

Volume 10, Issue 2 , April 2022, Pages 216-221

  Background: This study aimed to predict social adjustment based on the ability to solve social problems and self-compassion in adolescents. Methods: This is a cross-sectional study. The statistical population of this study includes all high school students in Shiraz in 2018. The statistical sample consisted ...  Read More

Original Article
12. Investigating Safety Climate, Safety Performance, and Needlestick and Sharps Injuries in Iranian Hospitals

Fakhradin Ghasemi; Taleb Askaripoor; Hamed Aghaei

Volume 10, Issue 2 , April 2022, Pages 222-228

  Background: Needlestick and sharps injuries (NSIs) are a major issue in healthcare settings and should be properly managed. As a type of occupational accident, NSIs are rooted in many causes, including poor safety climate. The current study was conducted to find links among safety climate, safety performance, ...  Read More

Short Communication
13. Assessment of the Attributional Styles of High- and Low-grade Point Medical Students at Isfahan University of Medical Sciences: A Cross-sectional and Descriptive Study

Padideh Daneii; Vida Sarmadi; Negin Mahmoudi; Amir Kian Moaveni; Fatemeh Mohammad Alizadeh; Sina Neshat; Armindokht Shahsanaee

Volume 10, Issue 2 , April 2022, Pages 229-232

  Background : Academic failure is one of the most important issues for both family and students. It has many adverse consequences on students' mental health. Therefore, understanding the factors that influence academic achievement can help reduce academic failure and thus improve students' physical, mental, ...  Read More

Letter to Editor
14. Demand for Psychiatrist Nurse in the COVID-19 Inpatient Wards

Rozhan Khezri; Rohollah Valizadeh; Payam Nozad; Zahra Maleki; Mousa Ghelichi-Ghojogh

Volume 10, Issue 2 , April 2022, Pages 233-234

  In December 2019, the viral outbreak was reported in Wuhan, China, by a novel virus named COVID-19 1,2. The virus spread worldwide rapidly because of its high contagiousness, infecting almost all countries in a short time 3, 4. COVID-19 can affect multiple organs, including the respiratory system, neurology ...  Read More

Letter to Editor
15. The Priority of the Family-centered Role in Combating the Prevalence of COVID-19 Epidemic in Iran

Mousa Bamir; Salman Farahbakhsh; Salman Daneshi

Volume 10, Issue 2 , April 2022, Pages 235-236

  Coronaviruses are relatively old viruses that first were identified in 1930 as the infectious bronchitis virus in birds, and in 1940 were identified as the cause of gastroenteritis in pigs. Global concern rising about mortality during the COVID-19 pandemic and varieties of clinical signs seems to be ...  Read More

1. Health Integrated System in Iran: Opportunities and Constraints

Fatemeh Setoodehzadeh; Mohammad Khammarnia; Mostafa Peyvand

Volume 9, Issue 3 , July 2021, , Pages 206-207

  Nowadays, information and communications technology (ICT) has deeply influenced different aspects, especially healthcare sector.(1) Increasing public awareness and expectations has encouraged healthcare providers to use modern technologies to improve service quality.(2) Health technologies provide useful ...  Read More

2. Risk Assessment of Musculoskeletal Disorders and Determination of the Associated Factors among Workers of a Dairy Products Factory

zahra zamanian; hadi daneshmandi; Hojjatolah Setoodeh; Ebrahim Nazaripoor; Abdollah Haghayegh; Saeed Shaban Sarvestani

Volume 2, Issue 4 , October 2014, , Pages 134-139

  Background: Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are one of the most common causes of occupational injuries that appear in the lower back, neck and upper and lower extremities mainly. This study was conducted to assess the risk of MSDs and determine of its associated factors in workers of a dairy products ...  Read More

3. Prevalence of Musculoskeletal Symptoms and Assessment of Working Conditions in an Iranian Petrochemical Industry

Alireza Choobineh; Hadi Daneshmandi; Shahed Asadi; Shahram Ahmadi

Volume 1, Issue 1 , July 2013, , Pages 33-40

  Background/Objective: Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are one of the most common causes of occupational injuries. This study was conducted with the objectives of determination of prevalence rate of MSDs and ergonomics assessment of the risk of MSDs among workers of a petrochemical company. Methods: ...  Read More

4. A Study of Antibiotics Self-Medication at Primary Health Care Centers in Shiraz, Southern Iran

Mehrdad Askarian; Mohsen Hosseingholizadeh mahani; Mina Danaei; Mohsen Momeni

Volume 1, Issue 1 , July 2013, , Pages 1-5

  Background: Nowadays, self-medication of therapeutic agents is of global concern particularly in developing and underdeveloped countries. Some studies conducted in Iran showed that the frequency of self-medication was significant. Objective: This research was conducted to estimate the prevalence of arbitrary ...  Read More

5. Knowledge and Practice of Medical Students on Healthy Lifestyle: A Cross-Sectional Study in Shiraz

Mehrdad Askarian; Zahra Dehghani; Mina Danaei; Veda Vakili

Volume 1, Issue 2 , October 2013, , Pages 77-82

  Background: Physicians are one of the most important groups directly associated with public health and their health related lifestyle has a significant impact on their patient’s behaviors. Several studies showed that the majority of medical students did not have appropriate and healthy behaviors. The ...  Read More

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