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Home Sweet Home? The Impact of Poor Housing on Health

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: (Published 12 February 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:453
  1. Sarah Nettleton, senior lecturer in social policy
  1. Department of Social Policy and Social Work, University of York

    Alex Marsh, David Gordon, Christina Pantazis, Pauline Heslop

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    Policy Press, £16.99, pp 90

    ISBN 1 86 134 176 8

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    “The impact of multiple housing deprivation would appear to be the same order of magnitude as addressing the issue of smoking and the risk to health posed by multiple housing deprivation seems to be, on average, greater than that posed by excessive alcohol consumption.” Furthermore, “housing history matters,” as adults who are currently living in good housing circumstances are more likely to be ill if they experienced adverse housing conditions earlier in life. These represent some of the key findings of this study, which are particularly important within the context …

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