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The Scottish Executive Central Heating Programme: Assessing Impacts on Health

DescriptionThis study considers whether the Scottish Executive Central Heating Programme impacts upon recipients' current health or their use of health services or medication.
ISBN9780755964406
Official Print Publication DateFebruary 2007
Website Publication DateFebruary 21, 2007

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Stephen Platt, Richard Mitchell, Jeremy Walker, Jane Hopton - University of Edinburgh
Mark Petticrew - MRC Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow
Joan Corbett, Steven Hope, Chris Martin - TNS
ISBN 978 0 7559 6440 6 (Web only publication)
This document is also available in pdf format (716k)

Contents

Acknowledgements

Executive Summary

1. Summary of Findings

2. Outline of the Scottish Executive Central Heating Programme

3. Outline of the Evaluation
3.1 Objectives of the evaluation
3.2 Design of the evaluation
3.3 Data collection timetable and achieved sample numbers
3.4 Stability of the respondent groups
3.5 Comparability of respondent and comparison groups in final achieved sample

4. The Central Heating Programme and Specific Outcome Areas:
4.1 Introduction
4.2 Perceptions of warmth in the home
4.3 Patterns of heating in the home
4.4 Condensation, dampness and mould
4.5 Overall satisfaction with the home
4.6 Drinking and smoking
4.7 Nature and extent of social contacts
4.8 Perceived financial strain
4.9 Specific symptoms and health conditions, and use of primary and secondary health services
4.10 Self-reported health-related quality of life
4.11 Long-standing illness or disability
4.12 Use of medications
4.13 Subgroup analyses

5. Conclusions

Glossary of Statistical Terms

Appendix A: Fieldwork Report
Appendix B: Analytical Methods
Appendix C: References

Charts
4.2.1 Differences in perceptions of warmth in the home (odds ratios)
4.2.2 Perceptions of warmth in the home (comparison group versus recipients)
4.3.1 Differences in patterns of heating in the home (odds ratios)
4.3.2 Differences in duration of heating in the home
4.3.3 Patterns of heating in the home (comparison group versus recipients)
4.3.4 Duration of heating different rooms in the home (comparison group versus recipients)
4.4.1 Differences in poor environmental conditions (odds ratios)
4.4.2 Differences in impact of poor environmental conditions (odds ratios)
4.4.3 Poor environmental conditions (comparison group versus recipients)
4.4.4 Impacts of poor environmental conditions (comparison group versus recipients)
4.5.1 Differences in overall satisfaction with the home (odds ratios)
4.5.2 Overall satisfaction with the home (comparison group versus recipients)
4.7.1 Differences in nature and extent of social contacts (odds ratios)
4.7.2 Nature and extent of social contacts (comparison group versus recipients)
4.8.1 Difference in perceived financial strain (odds ratio)
4.8.2 Perceived financial strain (comparison group versus recipients)
4.9.1 Differences in health conditions (odds ratios)
4.9.2 Health conditions (comparison group versus recipients)
4.10.1 Differences in self-reported health-related quality of life (odds ratios)
4.10.2 Self-reported health-related quality of life (comparison group versus recipients)
Tables
3.5.1 Characteristics of CHP recipients and comparison group
4.2.1 Differences in perceptions of warmth in the home (odds ratios)
4.3.1 Differences in patterns of heating in the home
4.4.1 Differences in poor environmental conditions and impact of poor environmental conditions (odds ratios)
4.5.1 Differences in overall satisfaction with the home (odds ratios)
4.7.1 Differences in nature and extent of social contacts (odds ratios)
4.8.1 Difference in perceived financial strain (odds ratio)
4.9.1 Differences in health conditions (odds ratios)
4.10.1 Differences in self-reported health-related quality of life (odds ratios)
A.2.1: Interviews achieved during Wave 1 fieldwork
A.3.1 Interviews achieved during Wave 2 fieldwork
A.4.1 Fieldwork outcomes at wave 3 (summary)
A.4.2 Fieldwork outcomes at wave 3 (full version)

The views expressed in this report are those of the researcher and
do not necessarily represent those of the Department or Scottish Ministers.

This report is available on the Scottish Executive Social Research website only
www.scotland.gov.uk/socialresearch.