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Health Place. 2011 Jan;17(1):175-84. doi: 10.1016/j.healthplace.2010.09.011. Epub 2010 Sep 29.

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

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MRC Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, Glasgow, UK.


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.

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