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Spatial variability in threshold temperatures of heat wave mortality: impact assessment on prevention plans
Title: Spatial variability in threshold temperatures of heat wave mortality: impact assessment on prevention plans
Authors: Carmona Alférez, RocíoLinares Gil, CristinaOrtiz Burgos, CristinaMirón Pérez, Isidro JuanLuna Rico, Yolanda ORCID RESEARCHERID SCOPUSID Autor AEMETDíaz Jiménez, Julio
Keywords: Heat wave; Mortality; Thresholds temperature; Prevention plans; Impact assessment
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Citation: International Journal of Environmental Health Research. 2017, v. 27(6), p. 463–475
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Abstract: Spain’s current heat wave prevention plans are activated according to administrative areas. This study analyses the determination of threshold temperatures for triggering prevention-plan activation by reference to isoclimatic areas, and describes the public health benefits. We subdivided the study area – the Madrid Autonomous Region (MAR) – into three, distinct, isoclimatic areas: ‘North’, ‘Central’ and ‘South’, and grouped daily natural-cause mortality (ICD-10: A00-R99) in towns of over 10,000 inhabitants (2000–2009 period) accordingly. Using these three areas rather than the MAR as a whole would have resulted in a possible decrease in mortality of 73 persons (38– 108) in the North area, and in aborting unnecessary activation of the plan 153 times in the Central area and 417 times in the South area. Our results indicate that extrapolating this methodology would bring benefits associated with a reduction in attributable mortality and improved effectiveness of public health interventions.
Sponsorship : This study was funded by a ‘Miguel Servet type 1’ grant (SEPY 1037/14), as well as a Health Research Fund grant (Fondo de Investigaciones Sanitarias/FIS Project ENPY1133/16 from the Carlos III Institute of Health.
ISSN: 0960-3123
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