Assessment of the health impacts of the 2011 summer floods in Brisbane

Alderman, Katarzyna, Turner, Lyle R. and Tong, Shilu (2013) Assessment of the health impacts of the 2011 summer floods in Brisbane. Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness, 7 4: 380-386. doi:10.1017/dmp.2013.42

Author Alderman, Katarzyna
Turner, Lyle R.
Tong, Shilu
Title Assessment of the health impacts of the 2011 summer floods in Brisbane
Journal name Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1935-7893
Publication date 2013-08-01
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1017/dmp.2013.42
Open Access Status
Volume 7
Issue 4
Start page 380
End page 386
Total pages 7
Place of publication New York, NY United States
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Language eng
Formatted abstract
To assess the effects of the 2011 floods in Brisbane, Australia, on residents' physical and mental health. Residents who had been affected by the floods completed a community-based survey that examined the direct impact of flooding on households and their perceived physical and mental health. Outcome variables included overall and respiratory health and mental health outcomes related to psychological distress, sleep quality, and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Multivariable logistic regression was used to examine the association between flooding and perceived health outcome variables, adjusted for current health status and sociodemographic factors. Residents whose households were directly affected by flooding were more likely to report poor overall (Odds Ratio [OR] 5.3; 95% CI, 2.8-10.1) and respiratory (OR 2.3; 95% CI, 1.1-4.6) health, psychological distress (OR 1.9; 95% CI, 1.1-3.5), poor sleep quality (OR 2.3; 95% CI, 1.2-4.4), and probable PTSD (OR 2.3; 95% CI, 1.2-4.5). The 2011 Brisbane floods had significant impact on the physical and psychosocial health of residents. Improved support strategies may need to be integrated into existing disaster management programs to reduce flood-related health impacts, particularly those related to mental health.
Keyword Floods
Disaster management
Mental health
Vulnerable populations
Climate change
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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