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Green space in health research: An overview of common indicators of greenness

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posted on 2024-06-06, 17:51 authored by D Vilcins, PD Sly, P Scarth, S Mavoa
Abstract Human environments influence human health in both positive and negative ways. Green space is considered an environmental exposure that confers benefits to human health and has attracted a high level of interest from researchers, policy makers, and increasingly clinicians. Green space has been associated with a range of health benefits, such as improvements in physical, mental, and social wellbeing. There are different sources, metrics and indicators of green space used in research, all of which measure different aspects of the environment. It is important that readers of green space research understand the terminology used in this field, and what the green space indicators used in the studies represent in the real world. This paper provides an overview of the major definitions of green space and the indicators used to assess exposure for health practitioners, public health researchers, and health policy experts who may be interested in understanding this field more clearly, either in the provision of public health-promoting services or to undertake research.

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Journal

Reviews on Environmental Health

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0

Location

Germany

ISSN

0048-7554

eISSN

2191-0308

Language

en

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

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0

Publisher

Walter de Gruyter GmbH

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