Differences in neighborhood accessibility to health-related resources: A nationwide comparison between deprived and affluent neighborhoods in Sweden

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This nationwide Swedish study used geocoded data from all businesses in Sweden to examine the distribution of 12 main categories of goods, services, and resources in 6986 neighborhoods, categorized as low, moderate, and high neighborhood deprivation. The main findings were that high- and moderate-deprivation neighborhoods had a significantly higher prevalence of all types of goods, services, and resources than low-deprivation neighborhoods. These findings do not support previous research that hypothesizes that poorer health among people in deprived neighborhoods is explained by a lack of health-promoting resources, although a higher presence of health-damaging resources may play a role. (C) 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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  • Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology

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  • Accessibility, Deprivation, Neighborhood
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)132-139
JournalHealth and Place
Volume17
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Publication categoryResearch
Peer-reviewedYes