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The Impact of Poor Housing on Health

Marsh, A; Gordon; Pantazis, C; Heslop, P
Publisher:  The Policy Press
Resource Type:  Book

The authors set out to research three topics: the link between overcrowding and respiratory and infectious diseases; how and if housing deprivation impacts on overall health and finally the link between housing and health in the context of the range of other possible influences on health.

Abstract:  Housing is recognised as fundamental any discussion of the health and welfare of the populace. Using data from the National Child Development Study the authors set out to research three topics: the link between overcrowding and respiratory and infectious diseases; how and if housing deprivation impacts on overall health and finally the link between housing and health in the context of the range of other possible influences on health. They draw attention to the fact that after controlling other factors housing plays a significant role in health outcomes and that deprivation early in life can have an impact on future health. The findings of the authors point to the fact that housing and health concerns must be an integral part of any health policy.

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