A review of medication use as an indicator of human health impact in environmentally stressed areas

Hollingworth, Samantha A., Kim, Diane Dabok and Jagals, Paul (2016) A review of medication use as an indicator of human health impact in environmentally stressed areas. Annals of Global Health, 82 1: 111-118. doi:10.1016/j.aogh.2016.01.010


Author Hollingworth, Samantha A.
Kim, Diane Dabok
Jagals, Paul
Title A review of medication use as an indicator of human health impact in environmentally stressed areas
Journal name Annals of Global Health   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 2214-9996
Publication date 2016-01-01
Year available 2016
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.aogh.2016.01.010
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 82
Issue 1
Start page 111
End page 118
Total pages 8
Place of publication Amsterdam, Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier
Language eng
Abstract We reviewed from literature the feasibility of medication use as an indicator of health outcomes in environmentally stressed areas, especially where a paucity of typical epidemiological and other risk-based data are encountered. The majority of studies reported were about medication use as an indicator of adverse respiratory effects from air pollution in developed countries. Studies to a lesser extent pointed to medication use as indicator of health outcomes associated with other environmental health stressors such as water, noise pollution, and habitat conditions. The relationship between environmental stressors and medication use strongly suggests that medication use could be used to measure the impact of environmental stressors that otherwise could not be measured by epidemiological or other impact assessment studies, typically in settings where morbidity and mortality data might not be not accessible.
Keyword Adverse health outcomes
Environmental health indicators
Environmentally stressed areas
Environmental stressors
Medication use
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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