Housing and health inequalities: A synthesis of systematic reviews of interventions aimed at different pathways linking housing and health


Gibson, M; Petticrew, M; Bambra, C; Sowden, AJ; Wright, KE; Whitehead, M; (2011) Housing and health inequalities: A synthesis of systematic reviews of interventions aimed at different pathways linking housing and health. Health & place, 17 (1). pp. 175-184. ISSN 1353-8292 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.healthplace.2010.09.011

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Abstract

Housing and neighbourhood conditions are widely acknowledged to be important social determinants of health, through three main pathways: (1) internal housing conditions, (2) area characteristics and (3) housing tenure. We conducted a systematic overview of systematic reviews of intervention studies to provide an overview of the evidence on the impact of housing and neighbourhood interventions on health and health inequalities. There is relatively strong evidence for interventions aimed at improving area characteristics and compelling evidence for warmth and energy efficiency interventions targeted at vulnerable individuals. However, the health impacts of area-level internal housing improvement interventions are as yet unclear. We found no reviews of interventions aimed at altering housing tenure. This remains an important area for further research and potentially new evidence syntheses. (C) 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Housing, Health inequalities, Systematic review, Intervention, Evidence, PUBLIC-HEALTH, MENTAL-HEALTH, POLICY, OPPORTUNITY, UK
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Public Health and Policy > Dept of Social and Environmental Health Research
Research Centre: Centre for Global Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs)
PubMed ID: 21159542
Web of Science ID: 288776500021
URI: http://researchonline.lshtm.ac.uk/id/eprint/841

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