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Main Title Impact of air pollution on the consumption of medical services : cost of hospitalization in the Portland metropolitan area /
Author Bhagia, Gobind Shewakram, ; Stoevener., Herbert H.
Other Authors
Author Title of a Work
Stoevener, H. H.,
Stoevener, Herbert H.,
CORP Author Oregon State Univ., Corvallis. Dept. of Agricultural and Resource Economics.;Corvallis Environmental Research Lab., Oreg.
Publisher Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Research and Development, Environmental Research Laboratory,
Year Published 1978
Report Number EPA-600/5-78-002; EPA-68-01-0482
Stock Number PB-278 134
OCLC Number 03880758
ISBN pbk.
Subjects Air--Pollution--Physiological effect ; Air--Pollution--Economic aspects--Oregon--Portland region
Additional Subjects Medical services ; Health care utilization ; Characteristics ; Hospitalizing ; Costs ; Urban areas ; Oregon ; Socioeconomic factors ; Inpatient services ; Health economics ; Demography ; Recommendations ; Tables(Data) ; Economic models ; Air pollution ; Atmospheres ; Air pollution effects(Humans) ; Portland(Oregon) ; Economic impact
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Library Call Number Additional Info Location Last
EJBD  EPA 600-5-78-002 Headquarters Library/Washington,DC 07/15/2014
EKBD  EPA-600/5-78-002 Research Triangle Park Library/RTP, NC 09/25/2003
ELBD ARCHIVE EPA 600-5-78-002 Received from HQ AWBERC Library/Cincinnati,OH 10/04/2023
NTIS  PB-278 134 Some EPA libraries have a fiche copy filed under the call number shown. 07/26/2022
Collation vii, 35 pages : tables ; 28 cm.
The study was undertaken to ascertain the possibility of measuring from available data the impact of air pollution on the consumption of inpatient services which patients consume per hospital stay. The study area was the Portland, Oregon metropolitan area, and the period of study was 1970-72. The diseases which were thought to be associated with air pollution were first identified. A sample of the patients was taken from a hospital population and the medical costs incurred by them were calculated. Suspended particulates as a measure of air pollution, temperature-humidity index as a measure of meteorological conditions of the area, and socio-economic characteristics of patients were used in a regression model to explain variations in medical costs. The analysis did not indicate a quantitative relationship between air pollution in the Portland area and the consumption of inpatient medical services per hospital stay. Age, family income, and drinking habits of a patient do significantly affect inpatient medical costs, but the variables included in the analysis accounted for less than 15 percent of the statistical variation in the dependent variable.
"January 1978." "Contract 68-01-0482." "Project Officer John Jaksch, Criteria and Assessment Branch." Includes bibliographical references (pages 28-29).