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Article: Neighborhood-based subjective environmental vulnerability index for community health assessment: Development, validation and evaluation

TitleNeighborhood-based subjective environmental vulnerability index for community health assessment: Development, validation and evaluation
Authors
KeywordsCommunity health
Deprivation index
Environmental cognition
Environmental measures
Environmental vulnerability
Spatial analytics
Issue Date2019
PublisherElsevier BV. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.elsevier.com/locate/scitotenv
Citation
Science of the Total Environment, 2019, v. 654, p. 1082-1090 How to Cite?
AbstractNeighborhood-based environmental vulnerability is significantly associated with long-term community health impacts. Previous studies have quantified environmental vulnerability using objective environmental datasets. However, environmental cognition among a population may influence subjective feelings of environmental vulnerability, and this can be associated with community health risk. In this study, a mixed-methods approach was applied to estimate neighborhood-based environmental vulnerability based on objective environmental measures and subjective environmental understanding from a local population. The synergistic use of both qualitative and quantitative data resulted in a 'subjective environmental vulnerability' index which can demonstrate environmental deprivation across Hong Kong. The resultant maps were compared with a mortality dataset between 2007 and 2014, based on a case-series analysis. The case-series analysis indicated that using a subjective environmental vulnerability index as an approach for neighborhood mapping is able to estimate the community health risk across Hong Kong. In particular, the following types of cause-specific mortality have significant association with the subjective environmental vulnerability index: 1) mortality associated with mental and behavioral disorders, 2) cardiovascular mortality, 3) respiratory mortality, and 4) mortality associated with diseases of the digestive system. In conclusion, the use of a subjective environmental vulnerability index can be implemented within a community health planning program, especially to reduce long-term adverse impacts on population with mental impairment.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/267492
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2017 Impact Factor: 4.61
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 1.702
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dc.contributor.authorHo, HC-
dc.contributor.authorWong, MS-
dc.contributor.authorMan, HY-
dc.contributor.authorShi, Y-
dc.contributor.authorAbbas, S-
dc.date.accessioned2019-02-18T09:03:11Z-
dc.date.available2019-02-18T09:03:11Z-
dc.date.issued2019-
dc.identifier.citationScience of the Total Environment, 2019, v. 654, p. 1082-1090-
dc.identifier.issn0048-9697-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/267492-
dc.description.abstractNeighborhood-based environmental vulnerability is significantly associated with long-term community health impacts. Previous studies have quantified environmental vulnerability using objective environmental datasets. However, environmental cognition among a population may influence subjective feelings of environmental vulnerability, and this can be associated with community health risk. In this study, a mixed-methods approach was applied to estimate neighborhood-based environmental vulnerability based on objective environmental measures and subjective environmental understanding from a local population. The synergistic use of both qualitative and quantitative data resulted in a 'subjective environmental vulnerability' index which can demonstrate environmental deprivation across Hong Kong. The resultant maps were compared with a mortality dataset between 2007 and 2014, based on a case-series analysis. The case-series analysis indicated that using a subjective environmental vulnerability index as an approach for neighborhood mapping is able to estimate the community health risk across Hong Kong. In particular, the following types of cause-specific mortality have significant association with the subjective environmental vulnerability index: 1) mortality associated with mental and behavioral disorders, 2) cardiovascular mortality, 3) respiratory mortality, and 4) mortality associated with diseases of the digestive system. In conclusion, the use of a subjective environmental vulnerability index can be implemented within a community health planning program, especially to reduce long-term adverse impacts on population with mental impairment.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.publisherElsevier BV. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.elsevier.com/locate/scitotenv-
dc.relation.ispartofScience of the Total Environment-
dc.subjectCommunity health-
dc.subjectDeprivation index-
dc.subjectEnvironmental cognition-
dc.subjectEnvironmental measures-
dc.subjectEnvironmental vulnerability-
dc.subjectSpatial analytics-
dc.titleNeighborhood-based subjective environmental vulnerability index for community health assessment: Development, validation and evaluation-
dc.typeArticle-
dc.identifier.emailHo, HC: hcho21@hku.hk-
dc.identifier.authorityHo, HC=rp02482-
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dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.11.136-
dc.identifier.scopuseid_2-s2.0-85056631254-
dc.identifier.hkuros296821-
dc.identifier.volume654-
dc.identifier.spage1082-
dc.identifier.epage1090-
dc.identifier.isiWOS:000458630100100-
dc.publisher.placeNetherlands-

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