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Abstract

Effects of air pollution on human health have been a topic of renewed interest in Europe in recent years. A series of recent studies from Europe as well as from the US and Canada has suggested that effects on mortality, morbidity and respiratory function can occur at levels of exposure previously considered to be safe. Existing air quality guidelines and standards in Europe do not yet reflect these latest findings and standardization of methodology as well as the conduct of epidemiologic studies using such standardized methodology is needed. A collaborative study was funded that sought to develop a standardized methodology for epidemiologic studies of effects of short-term changes in air pollution on the respiratory system. This methodology was applied in panel studies that were conducted throughout Europe in the winter of 1993/1994. This report contains the study manual as it was developed on the basis of several meetings of the participating study centres between March 1993 and June 1995. A section is added which evaluates the applied methods on the basis of the practical experiences gained in the field and with recommendations for future panel studies.

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Authors: ROEMER W, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, Wageningen Agricultural University (NL);HOEK G, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, Wageningen Agricultural University (NL);BRUNEKREEF B (EDITORS), Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, Wageningen Agricultural University (NL)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 17509 EN (1997) 218pp., FS, free of charge
Availability: Available from the DG XII Documentation Centre, European Commission, 200 rue de la Loi, B-1049 Bruxelles (BE), Fax: +32-2-296982
ISBN: ISBN 92-827-9682-5
Record Number: 199710998 / Last updated on: 1997-09-16
Category: PUBLICATION
Original language: en
Available languages: en