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Estimates of Costs for Housing-Related Interventions to Prevent Specific Illnesses and Deaths

This article gives an overview of economic analyses commonly used in public health, examines the economic burden of housing-related illness, and compares economic studies that focus on housing-related illness and associated interventions. Examples are given to discuss the appropriate interpretation of findings from economic studies and to help guide decision making regarding implementation of housing-related interventions to improve health. Specific housing-related health issues discussed include asthma and adverse effects from lead, radon, and carbon monoxide (CO).