Systematic Review of Housing Improvement and Health (Update)
Update Ongoing Start date 1999/2005 End date 2004/2011
Work to synthesise the evidence on the health impacts of housing improvement has been ongoing since the inception of the evaluation programme. In 2001 the first systematic review on this topic was published. This review established the dearth of evaluations of housing investment which had investigated changes in health outcomes. The findings of the first review of housing interventions subsequently informed two later studies, the Renton Study and SHARP, which have both been included in the current update of the housing review.
In 2004 we embarked on an update of this review. The protocol was reviewed and approved by the Campbell Collaboration and the findings were published in the American Journal of Public Health (2009). Using the studies in this review we have also undertaken a systematic review of the economic and cost analysis conducted in the housing studies.
We have now registered this review jointly with the Social Welfare Group of the Campbell Collaboration and the newly established Public Health Review Group of the Cochrane Collaboration. The protocol for this review has been peer reviewed by both the Campbell and the Cochrane collaboration and is now published. The completed review is currently being reviewed and we hope that the full review will be available by early 2012.
Thomson H, Thomas S, Sellstrom E, Petticrew M. Housing improvements for health and associated socio-economic outcomes. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2013;2:Art. No.: CD008657 DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD008657.pub2.open access
Thomson H, Thomas S. External validity in healthy public policy: application of the RE-AIM tool to the field of housing improvement. BMC Public Health 2012;12:633pubmed open access
Thomson H, Thomas S. The effect direction plot: visual display of non-standardised effects across multiple outcome domains . Research Synthesis Methods 2012;[epub ahead of print]open access
Thomson H. Health impacts of housing improvement: evidence from intervention studies. In: Braubach M , Jacobs D E , Ormandy D , editors WHO environmental burden of disease associated with inadequate housing. Bonn, Germany: WHO European Office, 2011:179-195.open access
Thomson H, Thomas S, Sellstrom E, Petticrew M. Housing improvements for health and associated socio-economic outcomes [protocol]. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2010;9:CD008657open access
Thomson H, Thomas Sian, Sellstrom E, Petticrew M. The health impacts of housing improvement: a systematic review of intervention studies from 1887-2007. American Journal of Public Health 2009;99:S681-S692pubmed open access
Thomson H. A dose of realism for healthy urban policy: lessons from area based initiatives in the UK. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health 2008;62:932-36pubmed open access
Thomson H. Assessing the health impacts of housing-led neighbourhood renewal [commentary]. British Urban Regeneration Association (BURA) 2008;2:19-20
Thomson H, Petticrew M. Is housing improvement a potential health improvement strategy?. Geneva, 2005open access
Douglas M, Thomson H, Gaughan M. Health Impact Assessment of housing improvements: a guide. Scottish Health Impact Assessment Network and MRC Social and Public Health Sciences Unit , Glasgow, 2003open access
Thomson H, Petticrew M, Douglas M. Health Impact Assessment of housing improvements: incorporating research evidence. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health 2003;57:11-16pubmed
Thomson H, Petticrew M, Morrison D. Housing improvement and health gain: a summary and systematic review. Glasgow, 2001
- Campbell Collaboration A non-for-profit international organisation which investigates the effects of social, educational and criminological interventions. (See: http://www.campbellcollaboration.org/)
- Systematic review A type of literature review which uses a particular approach involving (among other things) a comprehensive search for literature, and a formal assessment of the quality of each study