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Advancing insights into methods for studying environment-health relationships: a multidisciplinary approach to understanding Legionnaires’ disease

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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.

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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), pp. 677-690. (doi:10.1016/j.healthplace.2006.10.003).

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Published date: September 2007
Keywords: GIS, point pattern analysis, environmental health, legionnaires’ disease, multidisciplinary
Organisations: PHEW – P (Population Health), Remote Sensing & Spatial Analysis

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Local EPrints ID: 55788
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/55788
ISSN: 1353-8292
PURE UUID: 999de272-77c0-40c1-9543-90fab26d6c56

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Date deposited: 06 Aug 2008
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 14:32

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Author: Christine E. Dunn
Author: Raj S. Bhopal
Author: David Walker
Author: Barry Rowlingson
Author: Peter Diggle

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