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Poor housing continues to adversely affect heath of vulnerable groups

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 10 May 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:1003
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

    Poor housing continues to adversely affect the health of some of the most vulnerable groups of people living in England, warned a report published this week by the BMA.

    The report examined available evidence in relation to health and housing. It found that children living in bed and breakfast accommodation (temporary housing, often with relatively poor cooking and washing facilities) were at increased risk of behavioural problems, stress, poor sleep, infections, and gastrointestinal problems.

    The health of the many elderly people who live alone in old, damp, and cold homes was also at risk, said the report. The authors suggested that the health of some of the most …

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