An attempt to quantify the health impacts of flooding in the UK using an urban case study

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dc.contributor.author Fewtrell, Lorna
dc.contributor.author Kay, David
dc.date.accessioned 2011-01-06T14:44:46Z
dc.date.available 2011-01-06T14:44:46Z
dc.date.issued 2008-05-01
dc.identifier.citation Fewtrell , L & Kay , D 2008 , ' An attempt to quantify the health impacts of flooding in the UK using an urban case study ' Public Health , vol 122 , no. 5 , pp. 446-451 . en
dc.identifier.other PURE: 156599
dc.identifier.other dspace: 2160/6060
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2160/6060
dc.description Fewtrell, L., Kay, D. (2008). An attempt to quantify the health impacts of flooding in the UK using an urban case study. Public Health, 122(5): 446-451. en
dc.description.abstract Objectives To quantify, so far as possible, the health effects of flooding in the UK to allow comparison between different flooding events. Methods The health effects resulting from flooding events were determined through an extensive literature search, where information existed to enable the quantification of these effects. Disability-adjusted life years (DALYs) were used to enable the comparison between different health impacts and different flood events and populations, using two sites subject to pluvial flooding in the Bradford area, UK. Results Relatively few properties (and hence people) were affected by flooding in the case study areas and there were no predicted deaths or serious injuries; these results were supported by anecdotal knowledge of the events. Mental health problems, characterized as psychological distress, were estimated for adults; these were found to dominate the calculated health impacts, being considerably greater than the combined physical symptoms in the case study examples. Conclusions While it was not possible to quantify every flood-related health impact, this method does allow comparisons to be made between different flood events and mitigation strategies. en
dc.format.extent 6 en
dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartof Public Health en
dc.subject Disability-adjusted life years en
dc.subject Death en
dc.subject Flooding en
dc.subject Injury en
dc.subject Infection en
dc.subject Mental health en
dc.title An attempt to quantify the health impacts of flooding in the UK using an urban case study en
dc.type Text en
dc.type.publicationtype Article (Journal) en
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.puhe.2007.09.010
dc.contributor.institution Institute of Geography & Earth Sciences en
dc.contributor.institution River Basin Dynamics and Hydrology en
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en


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