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ERIC Number: EJ808198
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 12
ISSN: ISSN-0017-8969
Health Promotion Research and the Public Health Function in Scotland: Prospects for the Future
Wimbush, Erica; Tannahill, Carol; Hanlon, Phil
Health Education Journal, v63 n1 p15-21 2004
Scotland has the worst health in the United Kingdom; worse than comparable areas like the industrial North East of England. Scotland's health also lags behind comparable European countries. In fact, the nearest neighbours in the health "league table" of European nations are Slovenia and Portugal. One has only a limited understanding of what has caused this. The levels of poverty and socioeconomic deprivation experienced by significant numbers of the population are widely recognised as being part of the explanation, but recent analyses suggest that their contribution may be less than is often assumed. The major impacts of smoking, nutrition and alcohol use are clear, but, additionally, there seems to be some, as yet undefined, Scottish effect--perhaps cultural, psychological or social in nature. This paper briefly outlines recent developments in Scotland in public health policy and the infrastructure for delivery and considers some of the characteristics of the research environment that shape health promotion research.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Scotland)