Management in Health, Vol 20, No 3 (2016)

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Social Determinants of Health of City Development Project



BACKGROUND: Potential health advantages of green spaces exposure include the opportunity for activities within the space and psychological advantages of viewing and interacting with nature.

PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to present a conceptual framework for understanding the effects of urban man- made lakes on social determinants of health

METHODOLOGY: We conducted interviews and focus groups with discussion and 35 individual interviews. Interviews and focus groups were conducted to determine the effect of urban man- made lakes on intermediary determinants of health. Data were analyzed based on deductive-inductive content analysis approach.

FINDINGS: Participants’ points of view were analyzed within 301 codes. Data analysis matrix was the conceptual framework of social determinants of health commission; its sub-groups and thus mediating determinant categories as well as their sub-sets were created accordingly. In addition, some extra sub-sets including environment, air quality, weather changes, noise pollution, pathogenesis, quality of life, social and physical development of children, unintentional injuries and aesthetic were extracted beyond the matrix factors, which were placed in intermediary determinant categories based on their  thematic content.

CONCLUSIONS: This paper concluded that the quality and type of the urban man-made lake could have a significant and sustained impact on community’s health and well-being. Therefore, in order to boost the efficiency of any ongoing projects in the community, their impacts on social health and welfare should be taken into the consideration.


Keywords: Man-made lakes, intermediary determinants of health, Content Analysis, Qualitative study.

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