Author(s): Brown MJ, Jacobs DE
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Abstract OBJECTIVES: We examined the relationship between self-reported inadequate residential natural light and risk for depression or falls among adults aged 18 years or older. METHODS: Generalized estimating equations were used to calculate the odds of depression or falls in participants with self-reported inadequate natural residential light vs. those reporting adequate light (n = 6,017) using data from the World Health Organization's Large Analysis and Review of European Housing and Health Survey, a large cross-sectional study of housing and health in representative populations from eight European cities. RESULTS: Participants reporting inadequate natural light in their dwellings were 1.4 times (95\% confidence interval [CI] 1.2,1.7) as likely to report depression and 1.5 times (95\% CI 1.2, 1.9) as likely to report a fall compared with those satisfied with their dwelling's light. After adjustment for major confounders, the likelihood of depression changed slightly, while the likelihood of a fall increased to 2.5 (95\% CI 1.5, 4.2). CONCLUSION: Self-reported inadequate light in housing is independently associated with depression and falls. Increasing light in housing, a relatively inexpensive intervention, may improve two distinct health conditions.
This article was published in Public Health Rep
and referenced in Journal of Addiction Research & Therapy