Journal article

Air pollution and childhood asthma emergency hospital admissions: Estimating intra-city regional variations

B Erbas, AM Kelly, B Physick, C Code, M Edwards

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH RESEARCH | TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2005

Abstract

In recent years childhood asthma has increased. Although the precipitants of childhood asthma are yet to be established possible contributing factors are local ambient air pollutants. This study aims to assess associations of regional ambient air pollutants on emergency department childhood asthma presentations across four regions of the city of Melbourne, Australia. Daily emergency department (ED) presentations for asthma in children were studied for the years 2000 and 2001. Estimates of local air pollutant levels were obtained using simulation modelling techniques. Generalized Additive Models were used to examine associations between combined local levels of air pollutants and childhood as..

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