Investigating the relationship between environmental factors and respiratory health outcomes in school children using the forced oscillation technique
Jonathon Boeyen, Anna C Callan, David Blake, Amanda J Wheeler, Peter Franklin, Graham L Hall, Claire Shackleton, Peter D Sly, Andrea Hinwood
INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF HYGIENE AND ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH | ELSEVIER GMBH | Published : 2017
The environmental factors which may affect children's respiratory health are complex, and the influence and significance of factors such as traffic, industry and presence of vegetation is still being determined. We undertook a cross-sectional study of 360 school children aged 5-12 years who lived on the outskirts of a heavy industrial area in Western Australia to investigate the effect of a range of environmental factors on respiratory health using the forced oscillation technique (FOT), a non-invasive method that allows for the assessment of the resistive and reactive properties of the respiratory system. Based on home address, proximity calculations were used to estimate children's exposur..View full abstract
The authors would like to thank the Kwinana parents and children for their participation, the KCRHS investigators for the use of the data, and the Centre for Ecosystem Management and Department of Health for funding the study.