Journal article

Study protocol for a natural experiment in a lower socioeconomic area to examine the health-related effects of refurbishment to parks including built-shade (ShadePlus)

SJ Dobbinson, J Veitch, J Salmon, M Wakefield, PK Staiger, RJ MacInnis, J Simmons

BMJ OPEN | BMJ PUBLISHING GROUP | Published : 2017

Abstract

INTRODUCTION: Parks in disadvantaged suburbs often have low quality and few amenities, which is likely to result in them being underutilised for recreation and physical activity. Refurbishment of parks, including shade, walking paths and other amenities, may have broad health-related benefits. METHODS AND ANALYSIS: The study design, methods and planned analyses for a natural experiment examining the effects of refurbishments including built-shade added to parks in disadvantaged outer suburbs of Melbourne are described. Three intervention parks and three comparison parks matched for equivalence of park and neighbourhood characteristics were selected. Using mixed methods, the outcomes will be ..

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Grants

Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council


Awarded by Australian National Health and Medical Research Council


Funding Acknowledgements

This study was funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council Partnership Research Project ID 1062314, with partner Brimbank City Council). JV is supported by a National Health and Medical Research Council Early Career Fellowship (ID 1053426). JS and MW are supported by an Australian National Health and Medical Research Council Principal Research Fellowship (Salmon: ID 1026216; Wakefield: ID 1109720).