Place effects on health: how can we conceptualise, operationalise and measure them?

  title={Place effects on health: how can we conceptualise, operationalise and measure them?},
  author={Sally J Macintyre and Anne Ellaway and Steven Cummins},
  journal={Social science & medicine},
  volume={55 1},
In this paper we highlight what we consider to be a lack of adequate conceptualisation. operationalisation and measurement of "place effects". We briefly review recent historical trends in the study of the effects of place on health in industrial countries, and argue that "place effects" often appear to have the status of a residual category, an unspecified black box of somewhat mystical influences on health which remain after investigators have controlled for a range of individual and place… CONTINUE READING
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