Can geodata be used to determine the distribution of fast food outlets in relation to the prevalence and severity of asthma? A novel methodology

Show simple item record Sheth, A en Asher, Monica Innes en Ellwood, Philippa en Ellwood, Eamon en 2016-09-18T21:05:55Z en 2016 en
dc.identifier.citation Allergologia et Immunopathologia, 2016, 44 (4), pp. 307 - 313 en
dc.identifier.issn 0301-0546 en
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dc.description.abstract Research question: Can the distribution of fast food outlets be obtained and effectively used to identify if there is a relationship between the placement of these and the prevalence and severity of asthma, rhinoconjunctivitis and eczema (ARE) in children and adolescents? Method: Fast food restaurant location data was obtained for seven countries. Data from the International Study of Asthma and Allergies in Childhood (ISAAC) was used from 53 centres in the same seven countries. Each ISAAC centre provided a detailed map of the study area. The location of restaurants and ISAAC centres were overlaid using the ArcMap software, and the number of restaurants within each ISAAC centre counted. Bivariate regression analysis was used to compare outlet density with ARE prevalence and severity. Results: The results from the analyses showed a positive (non-significant) trend on a regression plot between outlet density and ARE severity. This project has shown that it is practical to systematically obtain and map fast food outlets and compare their distribution worldwide with the prevalence and severity of diseases, in this case ARE. The devised methodology has proven to be an efficient way to obtain restaurant distribution data in a form that is manageable and suitable to compare with area based disease prevalences. This project has shown that a larger scale investigation is both feasible and warranted. en
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dc.publisher Elsevier en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Allergologia et Immunopathologia en
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dc.subject ISAAC Phase Three Study Group en
dc.title Can geodata be used to determine the distribution of fast food outlets in relation to the prevalence and severity of asthma? A novel methodology en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.identifier.doi 10.1016/j.aller.2015.07.003 en
pubs.issue 4 en
pubs.begin-page 307 en
pubs.volume 44 en
dc.identifier.pmid 26589338 en en
pubs.end-page 313 en
pubs.publication-status Published en
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pubs.subtype Article en
pubs.elements-id 507569 en Medical and Health Sciences en School of Medicine en Paediatrics Child & Youth Hlth en
dc.identifier.eissn 1578-1267 en
pubs.record-created-at-source-date 2016-09-19 en
pubs.dimensions-id 26589338 en

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