Designing healthier neighbourhoods: a systematic review of the impact of the neighbourhood design on health and wellbeing

Janet Ige-Elegbede*, Paul Pilkington, Judy Orme, Ben Williams, Emily Prestwood, Daniel Black, Laurence Carmichael

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Abstract

Several studies have investigated the impact of neighbourhood design on health and wellbeing, yet there are limited reviews investigating the quality of the evidence and the most effective interventions at a population level. This systematic review aims to clarify the impact of the neighbourhood design on health and wellbeing and evaluate the quality of the evidence underpinning such associations. Eight electronic databases were searched for studies conducted between 2000 and 2016. Additional searches were conducted on Google to identify potentially eligible grey literature. A total of 7694 studies were returned from the literature search, and a final selection of 39 studies were deemed eligible for inclusion. Quality appraisal was conducted using the Quality Assessment Tool for Quantitative Studies. Findings from the studies showed important associations between neighbourhood design principles such as walkability, access to green space and amenities on health and wellbeing. Findings from this review also highlight areas with inconsistent findings and gaps in the evidence for future research.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages17
JournalCities & Health
Volume(2020)
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2020

Keywords

  • neighbourhood design
  • health and wellbeing

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