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Public Health. 2010 Aug;124(8):444-51. doi: 10.1016/j.puhe.2010.04.004. Epub 2010 Jul 13.

A health impact assessment of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

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MRC Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, 4 Lilybank Gardens, Glasgow G12 8RZ, UK. gmccartney@nhs.net

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To influence the planning of the 2014 Commonwealth Games such that the positive impacts are maximized and the negative impacts are mitigated.

STUDY DESIGN:

Participatory health impact assessment (HIA).

METHODS:

A participatory HIA was performed using standard World Health Organization methods. A scoping event was held to involve decision makers in the process and to identify the key areas for consideration. A large community engagement exercise and a systematic review were conducted as part of the evidence-gathering phase. The results of the HIA were reported to the key decision makers involved in the Glasgow City Council legacy strategy.

RESULTS:

The likely net health impact of hosting the Commonwealth Games was uncertain. It was suggested that the main mechanisms through which impacts were likely to be felt were: the economy; civic pride; engagement in decision making; the provision of new infrastructure; and participation in cultural events. A series of recommendations was produced in order to maximize positive health benefits and mitigate negative impacts.

CONCLUSIONS:

HIA is a useful tool for engaging communities and decision makers in the public health agenda. HIAs of major multi-sport events are limited by a lack of quality evidence and the inability to predict impacts reliably.

PMID:
20630546
PMCID:
PMC2937208
DOI:
10.1016/j.puhe.2010.04.004
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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