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Quantification of the Health Effects of Exposure to Air Pollution: Report of a WHO Working Group, Bilthoven, Netherlands, 20-22 November 2000

Citation

Krzyanowski, Michal; Brunekreef, Bert; Cohen, Aaron; Anderson, Ross; Katsouyanni, Klea; Hertz-Picciotto, Irva; & Maynard, Robert and other working group members (2001). Quantification of the Health Effects of Exposure to Air Pollution: Report of a WHO Working Group, Bilthoven, Netherlands, 20-22 November 2000. Geneva: World Health Organization.

Abstract

Quantifying the impact of air pollution on the public's health has become an increasingly critical component in policy discussion. Those responsible for any health impact assessment must address important methodological issues related to both its design and conduct. A WHO Working Group examined several of these issues as they applied specifically to assessments of air pollution. The Group concluded that the most complete estimates of both attributable numbers of deaths and average reductions in life-span associated with exposure to air pollution are those based on cohort studies. Time-series studies would continue to contribute to scientific understanding of exposure-response relationships. The Group identified sensitivity analysis as an intrinsic part of impact estimatino that is critical for quantifying the uncertainty of the estimates. Such analysis should consider deviations of the conditions in the target population from those in the assessed population, which would plausibly affect estimated pollution effects

Reference Type

Edited Book

Author(s)

Krzyanowski, Michal
Brunekreef, Bert
Cohen, Aaron
Anderson, Ross
Katsouyanni, Klea
Hertz-Picciotto, Irva
Maynard, Robert and other working group members

Year Published

2001

Publisher

World Health Organization

City of Publication

Geneva

Reference ID

2512