Advancing insights into methods for studying environment-health relationships: a multidisciplinary approach to understanding Legionnaires’ disease
Dunn, Christine E., Bhopal, Raj S., Cockings, Samantha, Walker, David, Rowlingson, Barry and Diggle, Peter (2007) Advancing insights into methods for studying environment-health relationships: a multidisciplinary approach to understanding Legionnaires’ disease. Health & Place, 13, (3), 677-690. (doi:10.1016/j.healthplace.2006.10.003).
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Recent years have witnessed important advances in the analysis of spatially referenced health data. This paper uses GIS and point pattern modelling to address previously unanswered questions regarding the spatial epidemiology of Legionnaires’ disease. We demonstrate a distance effect for proximity of residence to cooling towers; mixed support for a directional effect; and some evidence relating to multiple sources. In uncovering complex conceptual and technical problems in the spatial modelling of infection risk we also extended the limits of existing point pattern techniques. We advocate further multidisciplinary research to advance methodological developments for understanding spatial environment–health relationships.
|Keywords:||GIS, point pattern analysis, environmental health, legionnaires’ disease, multidisciplinary|
|Subjects:||G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GB Physical geography
|Divisions:||University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Geography > Remote Sensing and Spatial Analysis
|Date Deposited:||06 Aug 2008|
|Last Modified:||11 Jun 2013 01:36|
|Contact Email Address:||S.Cockings@soton.ac.uk|
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