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A systematic review of economic analyses of active transport interventions that include physical activity benefits

Brown, Vicki, Diomedi, Belen Zapata, Moodie, Marj, Veerman, J. Lennert and Carter, Rob 2016, A systematic review of economic analyses of active transport interventions that include physical activity benefits, Transport policy, vol. 45, pp. 190-208, doi: 10.1016/j.tranpol.2015.10.003.

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Title A systematic review of economic analyses of active transport interventions that include physical activity benefits
Author(s) Brown, VickiORCID iD for Brown, Vicki orcid.org/0000-0003-2891-9476
Diomedi, Belen Zapata
Moodie, MarjORCID iD for Moodie, Marj orcid.org/0000-0001-6890-5250
Veerman, J. Lennert
Carter, RobORCID iD for Carter, Rob orcid.org/0000-0002-1586-5619
Journal name Transport policy
Volume number 45
Start page 190
End page 208
Total pages 19
Publisher Elsevier
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2016-01
ISSN 1879-310X
Keyword(s) active transport
economic evaluation
physical activity
Social Sciences
Science & Technology
Technology
Economics
Transportation
Business & Economics
PRIMARY-SCHOOL CHILDREN
PRACTICES TASK-FORCE
COST-EFFECTIVENESS
ECOLOGICAL APPROACH
HEALTH-BENEFITS
WALKING
OBESITY
POLICIES
INACTIVITY
PROGRAM
Summary Physical inactivity is one of the leading causes for the growing prevalence of non-communicable diseases worldwide and there is a need for more evidence on the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of interventions that aim to increase physical activity at the population level. This study aimed to update a systematic review published in 2008 by searching peer-reviewed and unpublished literature of economic evaluations of transport interventions that incorporate the health related effects of physical activity. Our analysis of methods for the inclusion of physical activity related health effects into transport appraisal over time demonstrates that methodological progress has been made. Thirty-six studies were included, reflecting an increasing recognition of the importance of incorporating these health effects into transport appraisal. However, significant methodological challenges in the incorporation of wider health benefits into transport appraisal still exist. The inclusion of physical activity related health effects is currently limited by paucity of evidence on morbidity effects and of more rigorous evidence on the effectiveness of interventions. Significant scope exists for better quality and more transparent reporting. A more consistent approach to the inclusion of benefits and disbenefits would reinforce the synergies between the health, environmental, transport and other sectors. From a transport sector perspective the inclusion of physical activity related health benefits positively impacts cost effectiveness, with the potential to contribute to a more efficient allocation of scarce resources based on a more comprehensive range of merits. From a public health perspective the inclusion of physical activity related health benefits may result in the funding of more interventions that promote active transport, with the potential to improve population levels of physical activity and to reduce prevalence of physical activity related diseases.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.tranpol.2015.10.003
Field of Research 140208 Health Economics
1205 Urban And Regional Planning
1507 Transportation And Freight Services
Socio Economic Objective 920499 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2016, Elsevier
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30079588

Document type: Journal Article
Collections: School of Health and Social Development
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