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Health impact assessment in Germany

Rainer Fehr and Odile Mekel

in Health Impact Assessment

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199656011
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191748028 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199656011.003.0017
Health impact assessment in Germany

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The potential of HIA for health promotion and protection was recognized early in Germany. Case studies of HIA projects were conducted and some infrastructure was developed. Contributions from Germany to international HIA research, include an integrative view of HIA and efforts towards health impact quantification. In Germany, up to now, the potential of “explicit” HIA for health protection and promotion is under-utilized. Recently, there are indications of a growing interest in HIA and the topic is now covered in a variety of sources, but Germany may still be regarded as a country on the “threshold” of HIA. Experience shows that HIA needs to be seen here as a flexible tool, which has to be adjusted to different. Mapping both the legal basis and current practice of HIA would make a welcome contribution to further development of HIA in Germany.

Keywords: Germany; evolution; German HIA examples; other (impact) assessments; integration; health impact quantification

Chapter.  4111 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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