Can housing improvements cure or prevent the onset of health conditions over time in deprived areas?

Curl, A. and Kearns, A. (2015) Can housing improvements cure or prevent the onset of health conditions over time in deprived areas? BMC Public Health, 15, 1191. (doi: 10.1186/s12889-015-2524-5) (PMID:26615523) (PMCID:PMC4663039)

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Background: There is a need for more evidence linking particular housing improvements to changes in specific health conditions. Research often looks at generic works over short periods. Methods: We use a longitudinal sample (n = 1933) with a survey interval of 2–5 years. Multivariate logistic regression is used to calculate the odds ratios of developing or recovering from six health conditions according to receipt of four types of housing improvements. Results: Receipt of fabric works was associated with higher likelihood of recovery from mental health problems and circulatory conditions. Receipt of central heating was also associated with higher likelihood of recovery form circulatory conditions. No evidence was found for the preventative effects of housing improvements. Conclusions: Health gain from housing improvements appears most likely when targeted at those in greatest health need. The health impacts of area-wide, non-targeted housing improvements are less clear in our study.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:This research was conducted as part of the Glasgow Community Health and Wellbeing (GoWell) Research and Learning Programme (www.​gowellonline.​com). GoWell is a collaborative partnership between the Glasgow Centre for Population Health, the University of Glasgow and the MRC/CSO Social & Public Health Sciences Unit. GoWell is sponsored by Glasgow Housing Association (Wheatley Group), the Scottish Government, NHS Health Scotland and NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Curl, Dr Angela and Kearns, Professor Ade
Authors: Curl, A., and Kearns, A.
Subjects:H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Urban Studies
Journal Name:BMC Public Health
Publisher:BioMed Central
ISSN (Online):1471-2458
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2015 Curl and Kearns
First Published:First published in BMC Public Health 15:1191
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
417781GoWell ProjectAde KearnsGlasgow Centre for Population Health (GCPH)GS12429SPS - URBAN STUDIES