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Impact of road traffic noise annoyance on health-related quality of life : results from a population-based study
JournalArticle (Originalarbeit in einer wissenschaftlichen Zeitschrift)
ID 1193421
Author(s) Dratva, Julia; Zemp, Elisabeth; Felber Dietrich, Denise; Bridevaux, Pierre-Olivier; Rochat, Thierry; Schindler, Christian; Gerbase, Margaret W
Author(s) at UniBasel Felber Dietrich, Denise
Dratva, Julia
Zemp Stutz, Elisabeth
Schindler, Christian
Year 2010
Title Impact of road traffic noise annoyance on health-related quality of life : results from a population-based study
Journal Quality of life research
Volume 19
Number 1
Pages / Article-Number 37-46
Keywords Epidemiology, Noise, Noise annoyance, Gender, Health-related quality of life

PURPOSE: To estimate the impact of traffic-related noise annoyance on health-related quality of life (HrQoL) in a population-based study and potential effect modification by gender. METHODS: The study included 5,021 participants of the Swiss Cohort Study of Air Pollution and Lung Disease in Adults second survey. The association between traffic-related noise annoyance, measured on an 11-point scale, and HrQoL, based on SF-36 scores, was investigated by multivariate regression analysis. Effect sizes were calculated, and interactions by gender and chronic disease status examined. RESULTS: Thirteen percentage of the study population reported high annoyance due to traffic. Women were more likely to report high noise annoyance (adjOR 1.23; 95%CI 1.01-1.48). Except for general health, all SF-36 scores showed a significant negative association with noise annoyance. The respective effect sizes ranged between 0.13 and 0.54. Significant effect modification by gender and chronic disease status was present in specific SF-36 domains. CONCLUSION: This paper presents first evidence of an inverse relationship of noise annoyance and HrQoL in a general population. Although the estimated effects are small to moderate for individuals, they may add up to a relevant public health impact

Publisher Rapid Communications
ISSN/ISBN 0962-9343
Full Text on edoc No
Digital Object Identifier DOI 10.1007/s11136-009-9571-2
PubMed ID
ISI-Number WOS:000273560800005
Document type (ISI) Journal Article

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