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Health Impact Assessment

Edited by John Kemm, Jayne Parry and Stephen Palmer

Published in print April 2004 | ISBN: 9780198526292
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191723889 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198526292.001.0001
Health Impact Assessment

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Health effects are often overlooked when planning development projects ranging from new runways at major airport sites to developing water supply systems to improve sanitation. Health Impact Assessment (HIA) is the assessment of the health effects, positive or negative, of a project, programme, or policy. It is therefore concerned with the health of populations and attempts to predict the future consequences for health of decisions which have not yet been implemented. HIA is a new and growing field with numerous schools of thought and areas of controversy. This book provides an overview of the concepts, theory, techniques, and applications of HIA to aid all those preparing projects or carrying out assessments. It draws on examples and thinking from many different disciplines and many parts of the world. It identifies the areas of agreement and the questions remaining unanswered. It maps a confused field and signposts possible directions for future progress. HIA is intended to help decision makers in all areas foresee the consequences of their decisions, to ensure the consequences are considered and reduce the risk of population health being damaged through some indirect and unintended consequence of a decision.

Keywords: health effects; development projects; HIA; assessments; risks; consequences

Book.  452 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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The development of HIA in Health Impact Assessment

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Health inequalities and HIA in Health Impact Assessment

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Quantitative approaches to HIA in Health Impact Assessment

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Evidence and HIA in Health Impact Assessment

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The role of lay knowledge in HIA in Health Impact Assessment

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Planning an HIA in Health Impact Assessment

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HIA: a practitioner’s view in Health Impact Assessment

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