A comparison of two methods of targeting housing interventions to improve health and wellbeing
PHE ePoster Library. Bird J. Sep 12, 2017; 186554; 132
Mr. Jon Bird
Mr. Jon Bird
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Abstract Introduction:NICE guidance on preventing Excess Winter Deaths and illnesses associated with cold homes defines the most vulnerable populations and stresses the importance of actively targeting vulnerable people and populations in order to offer relevant interventions. “Healthy Homes” type projects across the UK have tended to lack robust evaluation of both targeting mechanisms and impacts on physical and mental wellbeing.Objectives:Investigate:(i) the short-term effectiveness of one method of population targeting compared with one method of individual targeting(ii) the short-term effects of improvements in housing on the physical and mental health of people likely to be vulnerable of the effects of living in cold homes across DorsetMethods:The population-targeted households were identified using weighted selected indicators from the MOSAIC geodemographic data system cross-referenced with data on emergency admissions for CHD, mortality from respiratory disease, and home energy efficiency. The individually targeted households were referred by health and social care organisations or referred themselves. Eligibility for this group was defined by the groups listed in the NICE Quality Standard. A provider agency was commissioned to deliver the interventions. Energy efficiency interventions such as loft and cavity wall insulation were installed alongside complementary referrals to other relevant services. Residents who agreed to participate completed a shortened version of the SF-36 before and after improvements were made, together with additional questions after improvements. Changes in self-reported health and wellbeing for the two groups were recorded and will be analysed.Results and Conclusions:Will be presented at the conference.
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