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Mixing Urban Health Research Methods for Best Fit

Journal of Urban Health: Bulletin of the New York Academy of Medicine, doi:10.1007/s11524-009-9411-2

Mixing Urban Health Research Methods for Best Fit

Full-text:  http://www.springerlink.com/content/l74j17579t31710h/fulltext.pdf

Evelyne de Leeuw

In many domains, diversity is attractive; whether we look at urban planning and aesthetics, political or culinary smorgasbords, access to health service and entertainment facilities, or opportunities for connectedness, a greater variety tends to relate to more choice for well-being and fulfillment. A landmark study that eventually led to the emerging discipline of social neuroscience found a dose response relationship between the diversity of social ties people engage in and their susceptibility to infectious disease. Similarly, it is postulated that such a relationship might exist between urban aesthetics, physical activity, and health.

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