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

Dratva, Julia
Zemp, Elisabeth
Felber Dietrich, Denise
Schindler, Christian
Published in Quality of life research. 2010, vol. 19, no. 1, p. 37-46
Abstract 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.
Keywords Adaptation, PsychologicalAdultAgedCohort StudiesConfidence IntervalsEnvironmental Exposure/adverse effects/*statistics & numerical dataFemaleHealth StatusHumansMaleMiddle AgedNoise, Transportation/adverse effects/*statistics & numerical dataOdds Ratio*Quality of LifeQuestionnairesSex DistributionStress, Psychological/*epidemiology/etiologySwitzerland/epidemiologyUrban Population/*statistics & numerical dataYoung Adult
PMID: 20044782
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Research groups L'épithélium respiratoire (852)
Monitoring du programme d'études et de formation pré-graduée de médecine (877)
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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 https://archive-ouverte.unige.ch/unige:20907

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