A health impact assessment of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow

Public Health. 2010 Aug;124(8):444-51. doi: 10.1016/j.puhe.2010.04.004. Epub 2010 Jul 13.


Objective: To influence the planning of the 2014 Commonwealth Games such that the positive impacts are maximized and the negative impacts are mitigated.

Study design: Participatory health impact assessment (HIA).

Methods: A participatory HIA was performed using standard World Health Organization methods. A scoping event was held to involve decision makers in the process and to identify the key areas for consideration. A large community engagement exercise and a systematic review were conducted as part of the evidence-gathering phase. The results of the HIA were reported to the key decision makers involved in the Glasgow City Council legacy strategy.

Results: The likely net health impact of hosting the Commonwealth Games was uncertain. It was suggested that the main mechanisms through which impacts were likely to be felt were: the economy; civic pride; engagement in decision making; the provision of new infrastructure; and participation in cultural events. A series of recommendations was produced in order to maximize positive health benefits and mitigate negative impacts.

Conclusions: HIA is a useful tool for engaging communities and decision makers in the public health agenda. HIAs of major multi-sport events are limited by a lack of quality evidence and the inability to predict impacts reliably.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Culture*
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
  • Health Policy*
  • Health Status*
  • Health Surveys
  • Humans
  • Public Health / economics*
  • Public Health / statistics & numerical data
  • Scotland
  • Sports / economics*
  • Sports / statistics & numerical data
  • Surveys and Questionnaires