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Commentary on: Clair A, Baker E. Cold homes and mental health harm: Evidence from the UK Household Longitudinal Study. Soc Sci Med. 2022 Dec;314:115461. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2022.115461. Epub 2022 Oct 22 .
Implications for practice and research
Supporting people to live in warm housing during a period of increasing living and energy costs in many countries will avoid social, economic and mental health harm.
Further research to understand the pathways between cold housing and increased mental health distress is needed.
Cold housing, driven by poor housing quality and energy poverty, is a significant public health issue in many countries.1 2 Cold housing is known to contribute to many negative physiological health outcomes including: increased risk of cardiovascular events, stroke and myocardial infarction; increased negative effects from chronic and acute respiratory disease; increased colds and influenza; …
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