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A. (2000). Case Study of a
Methods: Based on historical documents and semi-structured interviews, this paper is a qualitative study of an office with long-standing, building-related health problems. Results: A state of reduced credibility developed between building owner, employees and employer and was an important reason why symptoms persisted after suspected causative defects in the building were corrected. This suggests that, in SBS, symptoms are influenced by interactions between biomedical and psychosocial factors.
Failure to plan and ad from an integrated biopsychosocial perspective
lead to a building becoming chronically sick in spite of rational
measures. Case studies might facilitate the identification and
complex social dynamics and conflicting agendas within buildings and,
therefore, be a valuable complementary study approach to quantitative
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