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Health impact assessment in Italy

Fabrizio Bianchi and Liliana Cori

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/9780199656011.003.0021
Health impact assessment in Italy

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This chapter discusses the development of health impact assessment (HIA) in Italy. HIA is not obligatory at the national or regional level, except in limited situations. The Italian National Health Service is responsible for public health as well as cure and rehabilitation. In this domain, there is potential interest in adopting HIA as a formalized process for evaluating programmes and policies. However, progress on legislation on HIA is slow and faces cultural barriers. Researchers have to surmount the difficulties of working with the many disciplines that are relevant to the HIA of policy. Nonetheless, more HIAs are being performed in Italy and HIA is being applied to more complex settings. The Italian experience confirms that HIA is a useful tool for informing the debates at the interface of research and policy, and the difficult questions around uncertainty and the precautionary principle.

Keywords: HIA; public health; Italian health policy; policies

Chapter.  2666 words. 

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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