Scientific article

Impact of road traffic noise annoyance on health-related quality of life: results from a population-based study

Published inQuality of life research, vol. 19, no. 1, p. 37-46
Publication date2010

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.

  • Adaptation, Psychological
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Cohort Studies
  • Confidence Intervals
  • Environmental Exposure/adverse effects/*statistics & numerical data
  • Female
  • Health Status
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Noise, Transportation/adverse effects/*statistics & numerical data
  • Odds Ratio
  • *Quality of Life
  • Questionnaires
  • Sex Distribution
  • Stress, Psychological/*epidemiology/etiology
  • Switzerland/epidemiology
  • Urban Population/*statistics & numerical data
  • Young Adult
Citation (ISO format)
DRATVA, Julia et al. Impact of road traffic noise annoyance on health-related quality of life: results from a population-based study. In: Quality of life research, 2010, vol. 19, n° 1, p. 37–46. doi: 10.1007/s11136-009-9571-2
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ISSN of the journal0962-9343

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