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Costs and outcomes of improving population health through better social housing: a cohort study and economic analysis


  • Nathan Bray

    () (Bangor University)

  • Paul Burns

    (Socially Sustainable Ltd.)

  • Alice Jones

    (Alice Jones Impact Consulting Ltd.)

  • Eira Winrow

    (Bangor University)

  • Rhiannon Tudor Edwards

    (Bangor University)


Abstract Objectives We sought to determine the impact of warmth-related housing improvements on the health, well-being, and quality of life of families living in social housing. Methods An historical cohort study design was used. Households were recruited by Gentoo, a social housing contractor in North East England. Recruited households were asked to complete a quality of life, well-being, and health service use questionnaire before receiving housing improvements (new energy-efficient boiler and double-glazing) and again 12 months afterwards. Results Data were collected from 228 households. The average intervention cost was £3725. At 12-month post-intervention, a 16% reduction (−£94.79) in household 6-month health service use was found. Statistically significant positive improvements were observed in main tenant and household health status (p

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  • Nathan Bray & Paul Burns & Alice Jones & Eira Winrow & Rhiannon Tudor Edwards, 2017. "Costs and outcomes of improving population health through better social housing: a cohort study and economic analysis," International Journal of Public Health, Springer;Swiss School of Public Health (SSPH+), vol. 62(9), pages 1039-1050, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:ijphth:v:62:y:2017:i:9:d:10.1007_s00038-017-0989-y
    DOI: 10.1007/s00038-017-0989-y

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    1. Gilbertson, Jan & Stevens, Maryjane & Stiell, Bernadette & Thorogood, Nicki, 2006. "Home is where the hearth is: Grant recipients' views of England's Home Energy Efficiency Scheme (Warm Front)," Social Science & Medicine, Elsevier, vol. 63(4), pages 946-956, August.
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