Economic analyses of the health impacts of housing improvements
Over the past decade or so there has been an increased number of well conducted studies which have assessed the health impacts of housing improvements. In addition, to addressing the questions of whether and which type of housing improvements lead to health improvements, policy makers are interested to know about what improvements represent the best value for money with respect to generating health improvements.
Following the housing review work that we have been doing for many years we have further scrutinised the studies of housing improvement identified in our recent review for reports of costs and economic analysis. Many of the studies report some element of intervention cost and some studies report more detailed analysis. This work served to establish what has been done in this field and comment on how best to develop economic analysis within the field of housing and health. This work is now published in JECH.
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;67:835-45open access
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;67:829-834open access