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Housing and respiratory health at older ages

Webb, E., Blane, D., de Vries, Robert (2013) Housing and respiratory health at older ages. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, 67 (3). pp. 280-285. ISSN 0143-005X. (doi:10.1136/jech-2012-201458) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

Background A large proportion of the population of England live in substandard housing. Previous research has suggested that poor-quality housing, particularly in terms of cold temperatures, mould, and damp, poses a health risk, particularly for older people. The present study aimed to examine the association between housing conditions and objectively measured respiratory health in a large general population sample of older people in England. Data and methods Data on housing conditions, respiratory health and relevant covariates were obtained from the second wave of the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing. Multivariate regression methods were used to test the association between contemporary housing conditions and respiratory health while accounting for the potential effect of other factors; including social class, previous life-course housing conditions and childhood respiratory health. Results Older people who were in fuel poverty or who did not live in a home they owned had significantly worse respiratory health as measured by peak expiratory flow rates. After accounting for covariates, these factors had no effect on any other measures of respiratory health. Self-reported housing problems were not consistently associated with respiratory health. Conclusions The housing conditions of older people in England, particularly those associated with fuel poverty and living in rented accommodation, may be harmful to some aspects of respiratory health. This has implications for upcoming UK government housing and energy policy decisions.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1136/jech-2012-201458
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: Robert de Vries
Date Deposited: 29 Apr 2015 15:07 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 14:28 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/48113 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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