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Influence of air pressure, humidity, solar radiation, temperature, and wind speed on ambulatory visits due to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in Bavaria, Germany

Ferrari, Uta and Exner, Teresa and Wanka, Eva and Bergemann, Christoph and Meyer-Arnek, Julian and Hildenbrand, Beate and Tufman, Amanda and Heumann, Christian and Huber, Rudolf and Bittner, Michael and Fischer, Rainald (2012) Influence of air pressure, humidity, solar radiation, temperature, and wind speed on ambulatory visits due to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in Bavaria, Germany. International Journal of Biometeorology, 56 (1), pp. 137-143. Springer. DOI: 10.1007/s00484-011-0405-x ISSN 0020-7128

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Official URL: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00484-011-0405-x

Abstract

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is one of the most important causes of morbidity and mortality in the world. The disease is often aggravated by periods of increased symptoms requiring medical attention. Among the possible triggers for these exacerbations, meteorological factors are under consideration. The objective of this study was to assess the influence of various meteorological factors on the health status of patients with COPD. For this purpose, the daily number of ambulatory care visits due to COPD was analysed in Bavaria, Germany, for the years 2006 and 2007. The meteorological factors were provided by the model at the European Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecast (ECMWF). For the multivariate analysis, a generalised linear model was used. In Bavaria, an increase of 1% of daily consultations (about 103 visits per day) was found to be associated with a change of 0.72 K temperature, 209.55 of log surface pressure in Pa, and a decrease of 1% of daily consultations with 1,453,763 Ws m 2 of solar radiation. There also seem to be regional differences between north and south Bavaria; for instance, the effect of wind speed and specific humidity with a lag of 1 day were only significant in the north. This study could contribute to a tool for the prevention of exacerbations. It also serves as a model for the further evaluation of the impact of meteorological factors on health, and could easily be applied to other diseases or other regions.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/100679/
Document Type:Article
Title:Influence of air pressure, humidity, solar radiation, temperature, and wind speed on ambulatory visits due to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in Bavaria, Germany
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Ferrari, UtaUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Exner, TeresaUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Wanka, EvaUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Bergemann, Christophchristoph.bergemann (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Meyer-Arnek, JulianJulian.Meyer-Arnek (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Hildenbrand, BeateUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Tufman, AmandaUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Heumann, ChristianUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Huber, RudolfUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Bittner, Michaelmichael.bittner (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Fischer, RainaldUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date:January 2012
Journal or Publication Title:International Journal of Biometeorology
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In SCOPUS:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Volume:56
DOI :10.1007/s00484-011-0405-x
Page Range:pp. 137-143
Publisher:Springer
ISSN:0020-7128
Status:Published
Keywords:Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, meteorology, temperature, humidity, elderly, ambulatory care
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Earth Observation
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R EO - Erdbeobachtung
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Vorhaben Datenprodukte für Klima- und Atmosphärenanwendungen (old)
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:German Remote Sensing Data Center > Atmosphere
Deposited By: Bergemann, Christoph
Deposited On:09 Dec 2015 10:36
Last Modified:10 May 2016 23:37

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