Toward improved public health outcomes from urban nature

Shanahan, Danielle F., Lin, Brenda B., Bush, Robert, Gaston, Kevin J., Dean, Julie H., Barber, Elizabeth and Fuller, Richard A. (2015) Toward improved public health outcomes from urban nature. American Journal of Public Health, 105 3: 470-477. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2014.302324

Author Shanahan, Danielle F.
Lin, Brenda B.
Bush, Robert
Gaston, Kevin J.
Dean, Julie H.
Barber, Elizabeth
Fuller, Richard A.
Title Toward improved public health outcomes from urban nature
Journal name American Journal of Public Health   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1541-0048
Publication date 2015-03-01
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.2105/AJPH.2014.302324
Open Access Status
Volume 105
Issue 3
Start page 470
End page 477
Total pages 8
Place of publication Washington, DC United States
Publisher American Public Health Association
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Formatted abstract
There is mounting concern for the health of urban populations as cities expand at an unprecedented rate. Urban green spaces provide settings for a remarkable range of physical and mental health benefits, and pioneering health policy is recognizing nature as a cost-effective tool for planning healthy cities.

Despite this, limited information on how specific elements of nature deliver health outcomes restricts its use for enhancing population health. We articulate a framework for identifying direct and indirect causal pathways through which nature delivers health benefits, and highlight current evidence.

We see a need for a bold new research agenda founded on testing causality that transcends disciplinary boundaries between ecology and health. This will lead to cost-effective and tailored solutions that could enhance population health and reduce health inequalities.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Official 2016 Collection
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