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Type: Journal article
Title: Exposure to greenspaces could reduce the high global burden of pain
Author: Stanhope, J.
Breed, M.
Weinstein, P.
Citation: Environmental Research, 2020; 187:109641-1-109641-10
Publisher: Elsevier
Issue Date: 2020
ISSN: 0013-9351
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Jessica Stanhope, Martin F. Breed, Philip Weinstein
Abstract: Painful conditions are among the leading causes of years lived with disability. To reduce this burden, novel, cost-effective and accessible interventions are required. We propose that greenspace exposure may be one such intervention. Drawing on evidence from neuroscience, physiology, microbiology, and psychology, we articulate how and why exposure to greenspaces could improve pain outcomes and reduce the high global burden of pain. Greenspace exposure potentially provides opportunities to benefit from known or proposed health-enhancing components of nature, such as environmental microbiomes, phytoncides, negative air ions, sunlight, and the sights and sounds of nature itself. We review the established and potential links between these specific exposures and pain outcomes. While further research is required to determine possible causal links between greenspace exposure and pain outcomes, we suggest that there is already sufficient evidence to help reduce the global burden of pain by improving access and exposure to quality greenspaces.
Keywords: Greenspace; microbiome; pain; public health
Description: Available online 08 May 2020
Rights: © 2020 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
RMID: 1000020843
DOI: 10.1016/j.envres.2020.109641
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