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Front Public Health. 2016 Nov 18;4:260. eCollection 2016.

The Human-Nature Relationship and Its Impact on Health: A Critical Review.

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Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering, University College London , London , UK.

Abstract

Within the past four decades, research has been increasingly drawn toward understanding whether there is a link between the changing human-nature relationship and its impact on people's health. However, to examine whether there is a link requires research of its breadth and underlying mechanisms from an interdisciplinary approach. This article begins by reviewing the debates concerning the human-nature relationship, which are then critiqued and redefined from an interdisciplinary perspective. The concept and chronological history of "health" is then explored, based on the World Health Organization's definition. Combining these concepts, the human-nature relationship and its impact on human's health are then explored through a developing conceptual model. It is argued that using an interdisciplinary perspective can facilitate a deeper understanding of the complexities involved for attaining optimal health at the human-environmental interface.

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human health; human–nature relationship; interdisciplinary; natural environment

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