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.

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 1353-8292 (print)
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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
ePrint ID: 55788
Date Deposited: 06 Aug 2008
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 18:38
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/55788

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