Date

June 2011

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.P.H.

Department

Dept. of Public Health and Preventive Medicine

Institution

Oregon Health & Science University

Abstract

Objective: The built environment may shape walking habits among older women. This study was designed to address the gaps in literature related to quantifying the built environment in order to investigate the association between the built environment and walking. Standardized and high resolution geographic units were established to objectively measure built environment attributes, and subsequent use of cluster analysis to assess the mixed effect among built environment attributes facilitated the examination of the association between urban forms and walking among women 65 years or older residing in the Portland metro area. Methods: Data from the Metro Regional Land Information System were adopted to establish high resolution objective built environment measures related to: accessibility of bus stops, light rail stations, commercial areas, and park areas; route connectivity; and population density. Cluster analysis was performed to define areas/urban forms that shared similar built envir

Identifier

doi:10.6083/M4R49NSM

School

School of Medicine

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