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Ethical Considerations Involved in Constructing the Built Environment to Promote Health.
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PMID:  23288444     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
The prevalence of chronic diseases has increased in recent decades. Some forms of the built environment adopted during the 20th century-e.g., urban sprawl, car dependency, and dysfunctional streetscapes-have contributed to this. In this article, I summarise ways in which the built environment influences health and how it can be constructed differently to promote health. I argue that urban planning is inevitably a social and political activity with many ethical dimensions, and I illustrate this with two examples: the construction of a hypothetical new suburb and a current review of planning legislation in Australia. I conclude that (1) constructing the built environment in ways that promote health can be ethically justified, (2) urban planners and public health workers should become more skilled in the application of ethical considerations to practical problems, and (3) the public health workforce needs to become more competent at influencing the activities of other sectors.
Peter Geoffrey Sainsbury
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2013-1-4
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of bioethical inquiry     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1176-7529     ISO Abbreviation:  J Bioeth Inq     Publication Date:  2013 Jan 
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Created Date:  2013-1-4     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  101250741     Medline TA:  J Bioeth Inq     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Population Health, South Western Sydney and Sydney Local Health Districts, Locked Bag 7008, Liverpool, NSW, 1871, Australia,
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