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Creating Better Health & Wellbeing – Final Report & Video

This one-day networking and learning event was organised by members of the Adult Life/Working Age Working Group at SCPHRP. It aimed to help bring academic researchers and community organisations together to discuss methods and experiences of improving health and wellbeing and reducing health inequalities in Scotland. The main objectives for …

Evaluation of Eat Well – Keep Active (Stage 1)

CHANGES was established in 1996 to “promote positive wellbeing and provide opportunities for people in East Lothian, Scotland to find ways towards healthier and less stressful living” and one of the activities that CHANGES provides is a six week course called ‘Eat Well – Keep Active’ henceforth referred to as …

Linking and Using Health & Social Data in Scotland: Charting a Way Forward

Integration of health and social care is the Scottish Government’s ambitious programme of reform to improve services for people who use health and social care services. This will require the integration of data sources to support effective work practices and evaluation both locally and nationally. Furthermore, there is increasing recognition inside and outside academia that integrated health and social care data are required to inform service delivery and policy in order to improve public health and wellbeing.
A number of groups around Scotland have started to link health and social care data for academic or analytical purposes.

A qualitative study of independent fast food vendors near secondary schools in disadvantaged Scottish neighbourhoods

Preventing and reducing childhood and adolescent obesity is a growing priority in many countries. Recent UK data suggest that children in more deprived areas have higher rates of obesity and poorer diet quality than those in less deprived areas.

Determining the impact of smoking point of sale legislation among youth (Display) study: a protocol for an evaluation of public health policy

Tobacco advertising and product promotions have been largely banned in the UK but point of sale (POS) tobacco advertising is one of the few places where tobacco products may be legitimately advertised. POS displays have been shown to increase susceptibility to smoking, experimentation and initiation into smoking.

A cross-sectional pilot study of the Scottish early development instrument: a tool for addressing inequality

Early childhood is recognised as a key developmental phase with implications for social, academic, health and wellbeing outcomes in later childhood and indeed throughout the adult lifespan. Community level data on inequalities in early child development are therefore required to establish the impact of government early years’ policies and programmes on children’s strengths and vulnerabilities at local and national level.

A repeated cross-sectional study examining the school impact on child weight status

Objective The aim of this study is to examine whether there is a differential impact of primary schools upon children’s weight status. Methods A repeated cross-sectional study was undertaken using five years (2006/07–2010/11) of National Child Measurement Programme data, comprising 57,976 children (aged 4–5 (Reception) and 10–11 (Year 6) years) …

Meta-synthesis of findings from evaluations and qualitative interviews of work involving community food and its impact on mental health and wellbeing

Background Improving mental health and diet are important components of the public health agenda in the UK. Community organisations have an important role to play in promoting mental health and wellbeing, and a number of community-based food projects are specifically designed to address this issue. However, impact assessment for such …

Using psychological theory to understand the challenges facing staff delivering a ward-led intervention to increase hand hygiene behavior: A qualitative study

Background The Feedback Intervention Trial was a national trial of an intervention to increase hand hygiene behavior in English and Welsh hospitals. It significantly improved behavior, the effect increasing with fidelity to intervention, but the intervention proved more difficult to implement than anticipated. This study aimed to identify the barriers …


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