Effects of the built environment on health outcomes: Challenges in building the evidence-base

R Codinhoto, P Tzortzopoulos, M Kagioglou

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Considerable attention has been given to the construction of an evidence-base relating the built environment and its impact on health outcomes. The driver of such attention is the assumption that the evidence-base may assist the decision making process in the development of new healthcare facilities. Considering this context, the aim of this paper is to explore the process of constructing an evidence-base about the built environment and health outcomes. The objective is to investigate the use of evidence-based approach in this research area. The research strategy is literature review with a focus on evidence-based approach and variables related to buildings and their impact on health. Results demonstrate that there is a great variety in the examined variables and, consequently, there is confusion, fragmentation and lack of clarity in the knowledge base.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages15
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Event4th International SCRI Symposium - Salford, UK United Kingdom
Duration: 26 Mar 200727 Mar 2007


Conference4th International SCRI Symposium
Country/TerritoryUK United Kingdom


  • Built Environment
  • Evidence-base
  • health outcomes
  • patient


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