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A new multiple regression model to identify multi-family houses with a high prevalence of sick building symptoms "SBS", within the healthy sustainable house study in Stockholm (3H)
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences, Occupational and Environmental Medicine. (Eva Vingård)
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences, Occupational and Environmental Medicine. (Eva Vingård)
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2010 (English)In: International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health, ISSN 0340-0131, E-ISSN 1432-1246, Vol. 83, no 1, 85-94 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

PURPOSES: The aim was to develop a new model to identify residential buildings with higher frequencies of "SBS" than expected, "risk buildings". METHODS: In 2005, 481 multi-family buildings with 10,506 dwellings in Stockholm were studied by a new stratified random sampling. A standardised self-administered questionnaire was used to assess "SBS", atopy and personal factors. The response rate was 73%. Statistical analysis was performed by multiple logistic regressions. RESULTS: Dwellers owning their building reported less "SBS" than those renting. There was a strong relationship between socio-economic factors and ownership. The regression model, ended up with high explanatory values for age, gender, atopy and ownership. Applying our model, 9% of all residential buildings in Stockholm were classified as "risk buildings" with the highest proportion in houses built 1961-1975 (26%) and lowest in houses built 1985-1990 (4%). CONCLUSION: To identify "risk buildings", it is necessary to adjust for ownership and population characteristics.

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2010. Vol. 83, no 1, 85-94 p.
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Atopy, Building age, Multi-family buildings, Questionnaire, Sick building symptoms “SBS”
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-122935DOI: 10.1007/s00420-009-0447-0ISI: 000272430100011PubMedID: 19633985OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-122935DiVA: diva2:311414
Available from: 2010-04-21 Created: 2010-04-21 Last updated: 2010-06-23Bibliographically approved

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