From February 2017, information about the work of the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow is available and updated on the University of Glasgow website.

Urban Renewal and Transport

Much of our work in this area involves assessing the effects on the health of individuals and communities of housing and regeneration programmes. Many of these studies have been conducted with colleagues at the University of Glasgow, Glasgow Centre for Population Health, and the Research Unit in Health, Behaviour and Change (University of Edinburgh).

Publications

2015

Thomson H, Thomas S. Developing empirically supported theories of change for housing investment and health. Social Science & Medicine 2015;124:205-214

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2014

Centre for Reviews & Dissemination . Housing improvement and home safety. Effectiveness matters 2014;November

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2013

Bond L, Egan M, Kearns A, Tannahill C. GoWell: The challenges of evaluating regeneration as a population health intervention. Preventive Medicine 2013;57:941-947

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Bond L, Kearns A, Tannahill C, Egan M, Mason P. Community outcomes over time: a comparison across 2006, 2008 and 2011 GoWell community surveys. GoWell, Glasgow, 2013

Bond L, Kearns A, Tannahill C, Egan M, Mason P. Housing outcomes over time: a comparison across 2006, 2008 and 2011 GoWell community surveys. GoWell, Glasgow, 2013

Bond L, Kearns A, Tannahill C, Egan M, Mason P. Neighbourhood outcomes over time: a comparison across 2006, 2008 and 2011 GoWell community surveys. GoWell, Glasgow, 2013

Bond L, McKee MJ, Sautkina E, Kearns A, Tannahill C, Cox J. Residents’ perspectives on mixed tenure communities: a qualitative study of social renters and owner occupiers. GoWell, 2013

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Egan M, Katikireddi SV, Kearns A, Tannahill C, Kalacs M, Bond L. Health effects of neighborhood demolition and housing improvement: a prospective controlled study of 2 natural experiments in urban renewal. American Journal of Public Health 2013;103:e47-53

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Egan M, Tannahill C, Bond L, Kearns A, Mason P. A synthesis of GoWell research findings about the links between regeneration and health. GoWell, Glasgow, 2013

Egan M, Tannahill C, Bond L, Kearns A, Mason P. Health outcomes over time: a comparison across 2006, 2008 and 2011 GoWell community surveys. GoWell, Glasgow, 2013

Fenwick E, MacDonald C, Thomson H. Economic analysis of the health impacts of housing improvement studies: a systematic review. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health 2013;67:835-45

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Kearns A, McKee MJ, Sautkina E, Cox J, Bond L. How to mix? Spatial configurations, modes of production and resident perceptions of mixed tenure neighbourhoods. Cities 2013;35:397–408

Kearns A, McKee MJ, Sautkina E, Weeks G, Bond L. Mixed-tenure orthodoxy: practitioner reflections on policy effects. Cityscape 2013;15:43-68

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Kearns A, Whitley E, Bond L, Egan M, Tannahill C. The psychosocial pathway to mental well-being at the local level: investigating the effects of perceived relative position in a deprived area context. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health 2013;67:87-94

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Lawson KD, Kearns A, Petticrew M, Fenwick EAL. Investing in health: is social housing value for money? A cost-utility analysis. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health 2013;67:829-834

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McCartney G, Hanlon P, Bond L. How will the 2014 Commonwealth Games impact on Glasgow’s health, and how will we know?. Evaluation 2013;19:24-39

McKee MJ, Bond L, Kearns A, Sautkina E, Weeks G. Policy-maker and practitioner perspectives on mixed tenure communities: a qualitative study. GoWell, Glasgow, 2013

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Neary J, Egan M, Bond L, Keenan PJ, Lawson L. Damned if they do, damned if they don’t: negotiating the tricky context of anti-social behaviour and keeping safe in disadvantaged urban neighbourhoods. Journal of Youth Studies 2013;16:118-134

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Thomson H, Macdonald C, Higgins M, Palmer S, Douglas M. Health Impact Assessment of housing improvements: a guide. Glasgow, 2013

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Thomson H, Thomas S, Sellström E, Petticrew M. Housing improvements for health and associated socio-economic outcomes: a systematic review. Campbell Systematic Reviews, 2013

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Thomson H, Thomas S, Sellstrom E, Petticrew M. Housing improvements for health and associated socio-economic outcomes. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2013;2:CD008657

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Thomson H, Thomas S. The effect direction plot: visual display of non-standardised effects across multiple outcome domains. Research Synthesis Methods 2013;4:95–101

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2012

Bond L, Kearns A, Mason P, Tannahill C, Egan M, Whitley E. Exploring the relationships between housing, neighbourhoods and mental wellbeing for residents of deprived areas. BMC Public Health 2012;12:48

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Egan M, Bond L, Kearns A, Tannahill C. Is concern about young people's anti-social behaviour associated with poor health? Cross-sectional evidence from residents of deprived urban neighbourhoods. BMC Public Health 2012;12:217

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Egan M, Neary J, Keenan PJ, Bond L. Perceptions of antisocial behaviour and negative attitudes towards young people: focus group evidence from adult residents of disadvantaged urban neighbourhoods (Glasgow, UK). Journal of Youth Studies 2012;1:612-627

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Kearns A, Whitley E, Bond L, Tannahill C. Residential psychosocial environment and mental wellbeing in deprived areas. International Journal of Housing Policy 2012;12:413-438

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Kearns A, Whitley E, Mason P, Bond L. Living the high life: residential social and psychosocial outcomes for high-rise occupants in deprived context. Housing Studies 2012;27:97-126

Sautkina E, Bond L, Kearns A. Mixed evidence on the mixed tenure effects: findings from a systematic review of UK studies, 1995-2009. Housing Studies 2012;27:748-782

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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;12:633

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2011

Bond L, Kearns A, Sautkina E. Mixed messages about mixed tenure: do reviews tell the real story?. Housing Studies 2011;26:69-94

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Egan M, Neary J, GoWell Team. GoWell Briefing Paper 15: intolerance and adult perceptions of antisocial behaviour: focus group evidence from disadvantaged neighbourhoods of Glasgow. GoWell Briefing Paper 15, Glasgow, 2011

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Gibson M, Thomson H, Kearns A, Petticrew M. Understanding the psychosocial impacts of housing type: qualitative evidence from a housing and regeneration intervention. Housing Studies 2011;26:555-73

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Mason P, Kearns A, Bond L. Neighbourhood walking and regeneration in deprived communities . Health & Place 2011;17:727-37

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Neary J, Egan M, GoWell Team . GoWell Briefing Paper 16: young people's experience of intolerance, antisocial behaviour and keeping safe in disadvantaged areas of Glasgow. GoWell Briefing Paper 16, Glasgow, 2011

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Thomson H. Housing improvements and their health effects . In: Braubach M , Jacobs DE , Ormandy D , editors WHO environmental burden of disease associated with inadequate housing. Bonn, Germany: WHO European Office, 2011:179-195.

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2010

Aston E, Thomson H, Scoular A, Kearns A. Evaluation of GHA’s youth diversionary programme: final Report. MRC Social and Public Health Sciences Unit/GoWell Report, Glasgow, 2010

Egan M, Beck S, Bond L, Coyle J, Crawford F, Kearns A, Lawson L, Mason M, Tannahill C, Sautkina E, Thomson H, Walsh D, on behalf of the GoWell Team. Protocol for a mixed methods study investigating the impact of investment in housing, regeneration and neighbourhood renewal on the health and wellbeing of residents: the GoWell programme. BMC Medical Research Methodology 2010;10:41.

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Egan M, GoWell Team. GoWell Briefing Paper 8: who says teenagers are a serious problem? GoWell's findings on householder perceptions of youth related problems in deprived areas of Glasgow. GoWell Briefing Paper 8, Glasgow, 2010

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McCartney G, Palmer S, Winterbottom J, Jones R, Kendall R, Booker D. A health impact assessment of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Public Health 2010;124:444-51

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McCartney G, Thomas S, Thomson H, Scott J, Hamilton V, Hanlon P, Morrison D S, Bond L. The health and socioeconomic impacts of major multi-sport events: systematic review (1978-2008). BMJ 2010;340:c2369

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Ogilvie D, Mitchell R, Mutrie N, Petticrew M, Platt S. Shoe leather epidemiology: active travel and transport infrastructure in the urban landscape. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity 2010;7:43

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Tannahill C, Kearns A, Bond L. Strengthening mental health within communities. In: Goldie I, editor Public mental health today: a handbook. Brighton: Pavilion Publishing/Mental Health Foundation, 2010.

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:CD008657

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2009

Booker D, Palmer S, Winterbottom J, McCartney G, Jones R, Kendall R. 2014 Commonwealth Games Health Impact Assessment report: planning for legacy. Glasgow, 2009

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Booker D, Palmer S, Winterbottom J, McCartney G, Jones R, Kendall R. 2014 Commonwealth Games Health Impact Assessment: summary report. Glasgow, 2009

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Gray S, Baker G, Wright A, Fitzsimons C, Mutrie N, Nimmo M, Scottish Physical Activity Research Collaboration . The effect of a 12 week walking intervention on markers of insulin resistance and systemic inflammation. Preventive Medicine 2009;48:39-44

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Kearns A, Tannahill C, Bond L. Regeneration and health: conceptualising the connections. Journal of Urban Regeneration and Renewal 2009;3:56-76.

McCartney G, Thomas S, Thomson H, Scott J, Hamilton V, Hanlon P, Morrison D, Bond L. A systematic review of the impact of major sports events on host populations [Interim findings report to key stakeholders]. Glasgow, 2009

Millington C, Ward-Thompson C, Rowe D, Aspinall P, Fitzsimons C, Nelson N, Mutrie N, and (on behalf of SPARColl: the Scottish Physical Activity Research Collaboration) . Development of the Scottish Walkability Assessment Tool (SWAT). Health & Place 2009;15:474-81

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Petticrew M, Kearns A, Mason P, Hoy C. The SHARP study: a quantitative and qualitative evaluation of the short-term outcomes of housing and neighbourhood renewal. BMC Public Health 2009;9:415

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Thomson H, Thomas Sian, Sellstrom E, Petticrew M. The health impacts of housing improvement: a systematic review of intervention studies from 1887 to 2007. American Journal of Public Health 2009;99:S681-S692

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Walker J, Mitchell R, Petticrew M, Platt S. The effects on health of a publicly-funded domestic heating programme: a prospective controlled study. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health 2009;63:12-17

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2008

Baker G, Gray S, Wright A, Fitzsimons C, Nimmo M, Lowry R, Mutrie N, the Scottish Physical Activity Research Collaboration . The effect of a pedometer-based community walking intervention 'Walking for Wellbeing in the West' on physical activity levels and health outcomes: a 12-week randomized controlled trial. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity 2008;7:44

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Baker G, Mutrie N, Lowry R. Using pedometers as motivational tools. International Journal of Health Promotion and Education 2008;46:21-26

Cummins S, Findlay A, Higgins C, Petticrew M, Sparks L, Thomson H. Reducing inequalities in health and diet: findings from a study on the impact of a food retail development. Environment and Planning A 2008;40:402-422

Cummins S, Findlay A, Petticrew M, Sparks L. Retail-led regeneration and store-switching behaviour. Journal of Retailing & Consumer Services 2008;15:288-295

Egan M, Tannahill C, Petticrew M, Thomas S. Psychosocial risk factors in home and community settings and their associations with population health and health inequalities: a systematic meta-review. BMC Public Health 2008;8:239

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Fitzsimons C, Baker G, Wright A, Nimmo M, Ward-Thompson C, Lowry R, Millington C, Shaw R, Fenwick E, Ogilvie D, Inchley J, Foster C, Mutrie N. The ‘Walking for Wellbeing in the West’ randomised controlled trial of a pedometer-based walking programme in combination with a physical activity consultation with 12 month follow-up: rationale and study design. BMC Public Health 2008;8:259

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Gibson M, Thomson H, Petticrew M, Kearns A. Health and housing in the SHARP study: qualitative research findings. Edinburgh, 2008

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Kearns A, Mason P, Petticrew M. SHARP survey findings: changes in residential circumstances. Scottish Government Social Research, Edinburgh, 2008

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Kearns A, Petticrew M, Mason P, Whitley E. SHARP survey findings: mental health and wellbeing outcomes. Scottish Government Social Research, Edinburgh, 2008

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Kearns A, Petticrew M, Mason P, Whitley E. SHARP survey findings: physical health and health behaviour outcomes. Scottish Government Social Research, Edinburgh, 2008

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Kearns A, Petticrew M, Mason P, Whitley E. SHARP survey findings: social and community outcomes. Edinburgh, 2008

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Ogilvie D, Mitchell R, Mutrie N, Petticrew M, Platt S. Perceived characteristics of the environment associated with active travel: development and testing of a new scale. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity 2008;5:32

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Ogilvie D, Mitchell R, Mutrie N, Petticrew M, Platt S. Personal and environmental correlates of active travel and physical activity in a deprived urban population. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity 2008;5:43

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Petticrew M, Kearns A, Hoy C, Gibson M, Mason P. The SHARP study: objectives, design and methodology. Edinburgh, 2008

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Thomson H, Jepson R, Hurley F, Douglas M. Assessing the unintended health impacts of road transport policies and interventions: translating research evidence for use in policy and practice. BMC Public Health 2008;8:339

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Thomson H. A dose of realism for healthy urban policy: lessons from area based initiatives in the UK. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health 2008;62:932-36

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Thomson H. Assessing the health impacts of housing-led neighbourhood renewal [commentary]. British Urban Regeneration Association (BURA) 2008;2:19-20

2007

Douglas M, Thomson H, (eds.). Health Impact Assessment of transport initiatives: a guide. NHS Health Scotland, MRC Social & Public Health Sciences Unit, Institute of Occupational Medicine, Edinburgh, 2007

Egan M, Petticrew M, Ogilvie D, Hamilton V, Drever F. Profits before people? A systematic review of the health and safety impacts of privatising public utilities and industries in developed countries. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health 2007;61:862-870

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Ogilvie D, Foster C E, Rothnie H, Cavill N, Hamilton V, Fitzsimons C F, Mutrie N, on behalf of the Scottish Physical Activity Research Collaboration . Interventions to promote walking: systematic review. BMJ 2007;334:1204-7

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Ogilvie D. Shifting towards healthier transport? From systematic review to primary research [PhD], MRC Social and Public Health Sciences Unit 2007.

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Petticrew M, Cummins S, Sparks L, Findlay A. Validating health impact assessment: prediction is difficult (especially about the future). Environmental Impact Assessment Review 2007;27:101-107

Platt S, Mitchell R, Petticrew M, Walker J, Hopton J, Martin C, Corbett J, Hope S . The Scottish Executive Central Heating Programme: assessing impacts on health. Edinburgh, 2007

Thomson H, Morrison D S, Petticrew M. Better homes, better neighbourhoods [gallery]. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health 2007;61:214

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Thomson H, Morrison D S, Petticrew M. The health impacts of housing-led regeneration: a prospective controlled study. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health 2007;61:211-214

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Thomson H, Petticrew M. Housing and health: heating improvements may hold promise for developing healthy housing policy [editorial]. BMJ 2007;334:434-5

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2006

Atkinson R, Thomson H, Kearns A, Petticrew M. Giving urban policy its 'medical': assessing the place of health in area-based regeneration. Policy & Politics 2006;34:5-26

Egan M, Kearns A. GoWell Working Paper 2: selection, definition and description of study. Glasgow, 2006

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Egan M, Kearns A. GoWell Working Paper 3: community survey- wave 1 questionnaire. Glasgow, 2006

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Kearns A, Petticrew M, Hoy C, Mason P, Ferrell C. The effects of social housing on health and wellbeing: initial findings from the SHARP study - research from Communities Scotland. Report No 75. Edinburgh, 2006

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Ogilvie D, Mitchell R, Mutrie N, Petticrew M, Platt S. Evaluating health effects of transport interventions: methodologic case study. American Journal of Preventive Medicine 2006;31:118-126

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Thomson H, Atkinson R, Petticrew M, Kearns A. Do urban regeneration programmes improve public health and reduce health inequalities? A synthesis of the evidence from UK policy and practice (1980-2004). Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health 2006;60:108-115

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Thomson H, Kearns A. GoWell Working Paper 6 : assessing neighbourhood environments. Glasgow, 2006

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Thomson H, Morrison D S, Petticrew M. Housing improvement and health: report to local housing providers and tenants. MRC Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, Glasgow, 2006

Walker JJ, Mitchell R, Platt S, Petticrew M, Hopton J. Does usage of domestic heating influence internal environmental conditions and health?. European Journal of Public Health 2006;16:463-469

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2005

Cummins S, Findlay A, Petticrew M, Sparks L. Healthy cities? The impact of food retail led regeneration on food access, choice and retail structure. Built Environment 2005;31:288-301

Cummins S, Petticrew M, Higgins C, Findlay A, Sparks L. Large-scale food retailing as intervention for diet and health: quasi-experimental evaluation of a natural experiment. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health 2005;59:1035-1040

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Cummins S, Petticrew M, Sparks L, Findlay A, Higgins C. From steam engines to Sunny Delight [gallery]. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health 2005;59ID - 1937:1034

Cummins S, Petticrew M, Sparks L, Findlay A. Large scale food retail interventions and diet. BMJ 2005;330:683-4

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Ogilvie D, Egan M, Hamilton V, Petticrew M. Systematic reviews of health effects of social interventions 2: best available evidence: how low should you go?. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health 2005;59:886-892

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Ogilvie D, Hamilton V, Egan M, Petticrew M. Systematic reviews of health effects of social interventions 1: finding the evidence: how far should you go?. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health 2005;59:804-808

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Petticrew M, Cummins S, Ferrell C, Findlay A, Higgins C, Hoy C, Kearns A, Sparks L. Natural experiments: an underused tool for public health?. Public Health 2005;119:751-757

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Thomson H, Petticrew M. Is housing improvement a potential health improvement strategy?. Geneva, 2005

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2004

Morrison DS, Thomson H, Petticrew M. An evaluation of the health effects of a neighbourhood traffic calming scheme. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health 2004;58:837-840

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Ogilvie D, Egan M, Hamilton V, Petticrew M. Promoting walking and cycling as an alternative to using cars: systematic review. BMJ 2004;329:763-6

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Thomson H, Kearns A, Petticrew M. An open and shut case: an investigation of the health impacts of local public swimming pool provision in two Glasgow neighbourhoods. MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit Occasional paper no. 13, Glasgow, 2004

2003

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, 2003

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Egan M, Petticrew M, Ogilvie D, Hamilton V. New roads and human health: a systematic review. American Journal of Public Health 2003;93:1463-1471

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Morrison D, Petticrew M, Thomson H. What are the most effective ways of improving population health through transport interventions? Evidence from systematic reviews. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health 2003;57:327-333

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Morrison D, Thomson H, Petticrew M. Effects of disseminating research findings on response rates in a community survey: a randomised controlled trial. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health 2003;57:536-537

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Thomson H, Kearns A, Petticrew M. Assessing the health impact of local amenities: a qualitative study of contrasting experiences of local swimming pool and leisure provision in two areas of Glasgow. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health 2003;57:663-667

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Thomson H, Petticrew M, Douglas M. Health Impact Assessment of housing improvements: incorporating research evidence. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health 2003;57:11-16

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2001

Thomson H, Petticrew M, Morrison D. Housing improvement and health gain: a summary and systematic review. MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit Occasional paper no. 5, Glasgow, 2001

Thomson H, Petticrew M, Morrison D. Health effects of housing improvement: systematic review of intervention studies. BMJ 2001;323:187-190

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