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Document ID (ISN)103544
CIS number 04-694
ISSN - Serial title 1351-0711 - Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Year 2003
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Babisch W., Ising H., Gallacher J.E.J.
Title Health status as a potential effect modifier of the relation between noise annoyance and incidence of ischaemic heart disease
Bibliographic information Oct. 2003, Vol.60, No.10, p.739-745. 65 ref.
Abstract Traffic noise is a psychosocial stressor. Epidemiological studies suggest chronic noise stress to be a risk factor for cardiovascular disorders. The association between annoyance and disturbances due to road traffic noise and the incidence of ischaemic heart disease (IHD) was examined in 3950 middle-aged men in a prospective cohort study. Depending on the questionnaire item, non-significant odds ratios for IHD incidence ranging from 0.9 to 1.4 were found for the highly noise annoyed/disturbed subjects when compared with the less annoyed/disturbed subjects, over the six year follow up period. However, this relation was strongly modified by the prevalence of pre-existing chronic IC. In subjects free of any chronic disease at the beginning of the follow up, significant odds ratios between 1.7 and 3.0 were seen. In the subgroup with chronic diseases, no such noise effects were seen, probably because of the dilution of the true effect due to recall bias. It is concluded that annoyance and disturbance due to road traffic noise are associated with a higher incidence of IHD. Prevalence of disease can be an important effect modifier of the relation between noise annoyance and health outcomes.
Descriptors (primary) noise; stress factors; ischaemia; state of health
Descriptors (secondary) questionnaire survey; frequency rates; cardiovascular diseases; cohort study
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceGermany; United Kingdom
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Physical hazards
Browse category(ies) Cardiovascular diseases
Mental stress and burnout