"Tell us something new!" : the response of planning and transport professionals to public health guidance on the built environment and physical activity

Allender, Steven, Cavill, Nick, Parker, Mike and Foster, Charles 2009, "Tell us something new!" : the response of planning and transport professionals to public health guidance on the built environment and physical activity, Journal of public health policy, vol. 30, no. 1, pp. 102-116.

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Title "Tell us something new!" : the response of planning and transport professionals to public health guidance on the built environment and physical activity
Author(s) Allender, Steven
Cavill, Nick
Parker, Mike
Foster, Charles
Journal name Journal of public health policy
Volume number 30
Issue number 1
Start page 102
End page 116
Total pages 15
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Place of publication Basingstoke, England
Publication date 2009-04
ISSN 0197-5897
1745-655X
Keyword(s) health promotion
settings
urban planning
physical activity
evidence based
qualitative methods
Summary A large proportion of non-communicable disease can be attributed to modifiable risk factors such as poor nutrition and physical inactivity. We present data on planning and transport practitioners' perceptions and responses to government public health guidance aimed at modifying environmental factors to promote physical activity. This study was informed by questions on the role of evidence-based guidance, the views of professionals towards the guidance, the links between guidance and existing legislation and policy and the practicality of guidelines. A key informant 'snowball' sampling technique was used to recruit participants from the main professional planning organisations across England. Seventy-six people were interviewed in eight focus groups. We found that evidence-based public health guidance is a new voice in urban and town planning, although much of the advice is already reflected by the 'accepted wisdom' of these professions. Evidence-based health guidance could be a powerful driver affecting planning practice, but other legislated planning guidance may take priority for planning and transport professionals.
Language eng
Field of Research 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2009
Copyright notice ©2009, Palgrave Macmillian
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30020449

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Public Health Research, Evaluation, and Policy Cluster
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