Burden of Disease from Environmental Noise: Quantification of Healthy Life Years Lost in Europe

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Title Burden of Disease from Environmental Noise: Quantification of Healthy Life Years Lost in Europe
Author Fritschi, Lin; Brown, Lex; Kim, Rokho; Schwela, Dietrich; Kephalopolous, Stelios
Editor Fritschi L, Brown AL, Kim R, Schwela D and Kephalopolous S
Year Published 2011
Place of publication Denmark
Publisher World Health Organisation, Regional Office for Europe
Abstract The health impacts of environmental noise are a growing concern. At least one million healthy life years are lost every year from traffic-related noise in the western part of Europe. This publication summarises the evidence on the relationship between environmental noise and health effects, including cardiovascular disease, cognitive impairment, sleep disturbance, tinnitus, and annoyance. For each one, the environmental burden of disease methodology, based on exposure-response relationship, exposure distribution, background prevalence of disease and disability weights of the outcome, is applied to calculate the burden of disease in terms of disability-adjusted life-years. Data are still lacking for the rest of the WHO European Region. This publication provides policy-makers and their advisers with technical support in their quantitative risk assessment of environmental noise. International, national and local authorities can use the procedure for estimating burdens presented here to prioritize and plan environmental and public health policies.
Peer Reviewed No
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://www.who.int/en/
Alternative URI http://www.who.int/quantifying_ehimpacts/publications/e94888/en/
ISBN 9789289002295
Date Accessioned 2012-02-07; 2012-07-05T03:13:55Z
Research Centre Urban Research Program
Faculty Faculty of Science, Environment, Engineering and Technology
Subject Built Environment and Design; Environmental Sciences; Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/45723
Publication Type Books (Edited)
Publication Type Code a3

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