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Assessing the health impact of local amenities: a qualitative study of contrasting experiences of local swimming pool and leisure provision in two areas of Glasgow
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    HIA should be prospective

    Dear Editor

    The focus group research by Thomson and colleagues is, as they themselves suggest, not strictly Health Impact Assessment (HIA). Whilst it gives valuable insights into the perceived health impacts on a local community of closing an existing leisure facility, this was not a joint exercise with service providers with a view to lessening any negative impacts.

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