O'Keeffe, D and Dennekamp, M and Straney, L and Mazhar, M and O'Dwyer, T and Haikerwal, A and Reisen, F and Abramson, MJ and Johnston, F, Health effects of smoke from planned burns: a study protocol, BMC Public Health, 16, (1) Article 186. ISSN 1471-2458 (2016) [Refereed Article]
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METHODS/DESIGN: A prospective cohort study will be conducted during a planned burn season in three locations in Victoria (Australia) involving 50 adult participants who undergo three rounds of cardiorespiratory medical tests, including measurements for lung inflammation, endothelial function, heart rate variability and markers of inflammation. In addition daily symptoms and twice daily lung function are recorded. Outdoor particulate air pollution is continuously measured during the study period in these locations. The data will be analysed using mixed effect models adjusting for confounders.
DISCUSSION: Planned burns depend on weather conditions and dryness of 'fuels' (i.e. forest). It is potentially possible that no favourable conditions occur during the study period. To reduce the risk of this occurring, three separate locations have been identified as having a high likelihood of planned burn smoke exposure during the study period, with the full study being rolled out in two of these three locations. A limitation of this study is exposure misclassification as outdoor measurements will be conducted as a measure for personal exposures. However this misclassification will be reduced as participants are only eligible if they live in close proximity to the monitors.
|Item Type:||Refereed Article|
|Keywords:||Planned burn smoke, Forest fire smoke, Lung inflammation, Endothelial function, Markers of inflammation, Particulate Matter (PM)|
|Research Division:||Medical and Health Sciences|
|Research Group:||Public Health and Health Services|
|Research Field:||Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety|
|Objective Group:||Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health)|
|Objective Field:||Environmental Health|
|Author:||Johnston, F (Dr Fay Johnston)|
|Deposited By:||Menzies Institute for Medical Research|
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