The effects of indoor air quality for child health: Evidence-based solutions from children and experts
PHE ePoster Library. Stacey H. Sep 12, 2019; 274480; 41
Helen Stacey
Helen Stacey
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Abstract Introduction
Pollution outdoors contributes to multiple acute and chronic diseases. It disproportionately affects the health of the young, vulnerable populations, and areas of socio-economic disadvantage. The impact of indoor air in children's homes and schools is not widely acknowledged, and yet on average children in the UK spent just 68 minutes[1] a day on outdoor activities.The project is a collaboration between children and experts to reduce the impact of indoor air pollution on children's health.MethodThere was a systematic review of the literature regarding the health effects of indoor air pollution for children. An expert working group was established to raise awareness of the issues, and to develop solutions. Children are taking part in the project to share what indoor air pollution means to them; suggest way to improve; and review the findings.
Over 30,000 studies were found in the systematic review and 221 included. The evidence shows sources of pollution and the effect on health conditions including asthma. By April 2019 over 100 children and young people have taken part in the project. The systematic review, and report by the children and working group, has provisional findings from July.
Public and policy focus is on outdoor pollution, but children spend more time inside. This review is the first bringing the evidence together for children exposed to indoor air pollution. The project supported experts and families to identify practical solutions and future research priorities.[1] Office of National Statistics. United Kingdom Time Use Survey, 2014-15. External funding details This work is supported by Dyson, David Evans & Airtopia, the Greater London Authority, the British Heart Foundation, the British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology, and Allergy UK.
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