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

Christine E. Dunn, Raj S Bhopal, Samantha Cockings, David Walker, Barry Rowlingson, Peter Diggle

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)677-690
Number of pages14
JournalHealth and Place
Volume13
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2007
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Environmental health
  • GIS
  • Legionnaires' disease
  • Multidisciplinary
  • Point pattern analysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Development
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Health(social science)

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