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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2010, 7(3), 1153-1173; doi:10.3390/ijerph7031153

Real or Illusory? Case Studies on the Public Perception of Environmental Health Risks in the North West of England

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Cheshire & Merseyside Health Protection Unit, Suite E, Moorgate Point, Moorgate Road, Knowsley Industrial Park, Kirby, Merseyside, L33 7XW, UK
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Centre for Public Health, Research Directorate, Faculty of Health and Applied Social Sciences, Liverpool John Moores University, Kingsway House, Hatton Garden, Liverpool, L3 2AJ, UK
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Received: 31 December 2009 / Accepted: 16 March 2010 / Published: 18 March 2010
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Advances in Epidemiology)
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Abstract

Applied research in a public health setting seeks to provide professionals with insights and knowledge into complex environmental issues to guide actions that reduce inequalities and improve health. We describe ten environmental case studies that explore the public perception of health risk. We employed logical analysis of components of each case study and comparative information to generate new evidence. The findings highlight how concerns about environmental issues measurably affect people’s wellbeing and led to the development of new understanding about the benefits of taking an earlier and more inclusive approach to risk communication that can now be tested further.
Keywords: risk perception; environmental hazards; case studies; public health risk perception; environmental hazards; case studies; public health
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Stewart, A.G.; Luria, P.; Reid, J.; Lyons, M.; Jarvis, R. Real or Illusory? Case Studies on the Public Perception of Environmental Health Risks in the North West of England. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2010, 7, 1153-1173.

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