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Main Title Asthma Intervention Pilot Study in Public Housing: Lessons and Baseline Data.
Author Brugge, D. ; Vallarino, J. ; Osgood, N. ; Steinbach, S. ; Spengler, J. ;
CORP Author Tufts Univ., Boston, MA. School of Medicine. ;Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA. ;Boston Medical Center, MA. Dept. of Pediatrics. ;Committee for Boston Public Housing, Roxbury, MA.;Environmental Protection Agency, Research Triangle Park, NC. Air Pollution Prevention and Control Div.
Publisher 2000
Year Published 2000
Report Number EPA-R-827232-01-1; EPA/600/A-00/058;
Stock Number PB2000-108056
Additional Subjects Asthma research ; Public housing ; Pollution ; Asthma ; Residential buildings ; Public health ; Children ; Antigens ; Blattidae ; Mice ; Fungi ; Spores ; Nitrogen dioxide ; United States Environmental Protection Agency ; Office of Research and Development ; Air Pollution Prevention and Control Division ; Pollution control ; Stationary sources ; Biological contaminants ; Chemical contaminants ; Cockroaches
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NTIS  PB2000-108056 Most EPA libraries have a fiche copy filed under the call number shown. Check with individual libraries about paper copy. NTIS 11/07/2000
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Abstract
The paper reports baseline data and lessons learned about conducting asthma research in public housing. Nine families with asthmatic children living in a public housing development in Boston were enrolled in an asthma intervention program aimed at reducing environmental factors associated with their housing. Interventions were tailored to each residence. Given the small sample size, the purpose of the study was twofold: (1) to document lessons that would make future studies and programs directed at childhood asthma among public housing residents more successful; and (2) to collect a high density of environmental measurements of biological and chemical contaminants and physical factors in order to generate hypotheses about possible asthma intervention programs for public housing. Visual observation suggested that overheating, cockroaches, moisture problems, mice, and overcrowding were common. Used upholstered furniture and multiple mattresses both in the child's room and slept in by the child were found. Quantitative assessment show high temperatures, very low relative humidity in February, high levels of cockroach antigen, relatively moderate levels of other antigens, variable levels of viable fungal spores, and elevated nitrogen dioxide levels. We conclude that the levels of environmental contaminants were largely similar to other such reports.