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Study protocol for a natural experiment in a lower socioeconomic area to examine the health-related effects of refurbishment to parks including built-shade (ShadePlus)

Dobbinson, S.J., Veitch, J., Salmon, J., Wakefield, M., Staiger, P.K., MacInnis, R.J. and Simmons, J. 2017, Study protocol for a natural experiment in a lower socioeconomic area to examine the health-related effects of refurbishment to parks including built-shade (ShadePlus), BMJ open, vol. 7, no. 2, pp. 1-11, doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2016-013493.

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Title Study protocol for a natural experiment in a lower socioeconomic area to examine the health-related effects of refurbishment to parks including built-shade (ShadePlus)
Author(s) Dobbinson, S.J.
Veitch, J.ORCID iD for Veitch, J. orcid.org/0000-0001-8962-0887
Salmon, J.ORCID iD for Salmon, J. orcid.org/0000-0002-4734-6354
Wakefield, M.
Staiger, P.K.ORCID iD for Staiger, P.K. orcid.org/0000-0002-6968-5015
MacInnis, R.J.
Simmons, J.
Journal name BMJ open
Volume number 7
Issue number 2
Article ID e013493
Start page 1
End page 11
Total pages 11
Publisher BMJ Group
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2017-02-22
ISSN 2044-6055
Keyword(s) park renovation
physical activity
psychological well-being
sun protection
Summary INTRODUCTION: Parks in disadvantaged suburbs often have low quality and few amenities, which is likely to result in them being underutilised for recreation and physical activity. Refurbishment of parks, including shade, walking paths and other amenities, may have broad health-related benefits.

METHODS AND ANALYSIS: The study design, methods and planned analyses for a natural experiment examining the effects of refurbishments including built-shade added to parks in disadvantaged outer suburbs of Melbourne are described. Three intervention parks and three comparison parks matched for equivalence of park and neighbourhood characteristics were selected. Using mixed methods, the outcomes will be assessed during three consecutive spring-summer periods (T1: 2013-2014; T2: 2014-2015: T3: 2015-2016). Primary outcomes included: observed park use, physical activity and shade use. Self-reported social connectedness, community engagement and psychological well-being were assessed as secondary outcomes.

ETHICS AND DISSEMINATION: This study was approved by Cancer Council Victoria's Human Research Ethics Committee. Studies such as ShadePlus can improve understanding of the broader effects of park refurbishments (including physical activity levels and sun protection behaviours, as well as social connectedness and psychological well-being). The study findings will be disseminated through established urban planning and parks and recreation networks, peer review publications and conference presentations.
Language eng
DOI 10.1136/bmjopen-2016-013493
Field of Research 110699 Human Movement and Sports Science not elsewhere classified
111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920401 Behaviour and Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Grant ID NHMRC 1062314
Copyright notice ©2017, The Authors
Free to Read? Yes
Use Rights Creative Commons Attribution non-commercial licence
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30092005

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