Defining equitable access to natural space as a mental health-promoting urban resource

Project number: 
15-097
Approval date: 
Monday, July 27, 2015
Principal Investigator: 
Rugel,Emily
Institution: 
University of British Columbia (UBC)
Funding Agency: 
Not Available
Datasets requested: 
PharmaNet
Research objective: 

This study has two distinct research questions:

1) Is there an association between natural space exposure (based on the presence, quality, and accessibility of multiple forms of both greenspace and bluespace captured in a researcher-created Natural Space Index) and the odds of incident antidepressant dispensation among adult residents of metro Vancouver?

2) Is there an association between natural space exposure (based on the presence, quality, and accessibility of multiple forms of both greenspace and bluespace captured in a researcher-created Natural Space Index) and the odds of incident anxiolytic dispensation among adult residents of metro Vancouver?

We hypothesize that individuals with higher natural space exposure scores will have lower odds of both incident antidepressant and anxiolytic dispensation in adjusted models that correct for a range of individual and population-level demographic, environmental, and social factors.


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