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The potential for walkability to narrow neighbourhood socioeconomic inequalities in physical function: A case study of middle-aged to older adults in Brisbane, Australia

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posted on 2024-06-04, 13:47 authored by Venurs LohVenurs Loh, JN Rachele, WJ Brown, F Ghani, S Washington, G Turrell
Residents of disadvantaged neighbourhoods have poorer physical function than their advantaged counterparts, although the reasons for this remain largely unknown. We examined the moderating effects of walkability in the relationship between neighbourhood disadvantage and physical function using 2013 cross-sectional data from 5115 individuals aged 46-72 living in 200 neighbourhoods in Brisbane, Australia. The relationship between neighbourhood disadvantage and physical function differed by levels of walkability: positive associations as levels of walkability increased for those living in more disadvantaged neighbourhoods, and no difference for those living in more advantaged neighbourhoods. Further work is required to better understand the underlying mechanisms.

History

Journal

Health and Place

Volume

56

Pagination

99-105

Location

England

ISSN

1353-8292

eISSN

1873-2054

Language

English

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Publisher

ELSEVIER SCI LTD