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Article: Hot weather warning might help to reduce elderly mortality in Hong Kong

TitleHot weather warning might help to reduce elderly mortality in Hong Kong
Authors
KeywordsElderly
Hong kong
Mortality
Temperature
Weather warning
Issue Date2009
PublisherSpringer Verlag. The Journal's web site is located at http://link.springer.de/link/service/journals/00484/index.htm
Citation
International Journal Of Biometeorology, 2009, v. 53 n. 5, p. 461-468 How to Cite?
AbstractWhile there was evidence on the relationship between extreme hot weather and the increase in mortality, particularly from ischaemic heart disease (IHD) and cere- brovascular disease (stroke), some researchers suggested that early warning systems might reduce mortality. In this study, the relationship between Very Hot Weather Warning (VHWW) and mortality was examined in the context of Hong Kong, which has a sub-tropical climate. An observa- tional study was conducted on the daily number of deaths due to IHD and stroke in the Hong Kong elderly population (aged 65 or above) during summer (May-September) in 1997-2005. Totals of 4,281 deaths from IHD and 4,764 deaths from stroke occurred on days with maximum temperature reaching/exceeding 30.4°C. Multiple linear regression models were used to study the association between VHWW and the daily mortality rates from IHD and from stroke, respectively. Results showed that absence of VHWW was associated with an increase of about 1.23 (95% CI: 0.32, 2.14) deaths from IHD and 0.97 (95% CI: 0.02,1.92) deaths from stroke among the elderly per day. Public education is required to inform the elderly to take appropriate preventive measures and to remind the public to pay more care and attention to the elderly on days which are not considered to be stressful to the general public. Warning systems tailored for the elderly could also be considered.© ISB 2009.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/60774
ISSN
2015 Impact Factor: 2.309
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.708
ISI Accession Number ID
Funding AgencyGrant Number
The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust
Funding Information:

This study is part of the project entitled "CADENZA: A Jockey Club Initiative for Seniors" funded by The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust.

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dc.contributor.authorChau, PHen_HK
dc.contributor.authorChan, KCen_HK
dc.contributor.authorWoo, Jen_HK
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dc.date.available2010-05-31T04:18:15Z-
dc.date.issued2009en_HK
dc.identifier.citationInternational Journal Of Biometeorology, 2009, v. 53 n. 5, p. 461-468en_HK
dc.identifier.issn0020-7128en_HK
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/60774-
dc.description.abstractWhile there was evidence on the relationship between extreme hot weather and the increase in mortality, particularly from ischaemic heart disease (IHD) and cere- brovascular disease (stroke), some researchers suggested that early warning systems might reduce mortality. In this study, the relationship between Very Hot Weather Warning (VHWW) and mortality was examined in the context of Hong Kong, which has a sub-tropical climate. An observa- tional study was conducted on the daily number of deaths due to IHD and stroke in the Hong Kong elderly population (aged 65 or above) during summer (May-September) in 1997-2005. Totals of 4,281 deaths from IHD and 4,764 deaths from stroke occurred on days with maximum temperature reaching/exceeding 30.4°C. Multiple linear regression models were used to study the association between VHWW and the daily mortality rates from IHD and from stroke, respectively. Results showed that absence of VHWW was associated with an increase of about 1.23 (95% CI: 0.32, 2.14) deaths from IHD and 0.97 (95% CI: 0.02,1.92) deaths from stroke among the elderly per day. Public education is required to inform the elderly to take appropriate preventive measures and to remind the public to pay more care and attention to the elderly on days which are not considered to be stressful to the general public. Warning systems tailored for the elderly could also be considered.© ISB 2009.en_HK
dc.languageengen_HK
dc.publisherSpringer Verlag. The Journal's web site is located at http://link.springer.de/link/service/journals/00484/index.htmen_HK
dc.relation.ispartofInternational Journal of Biometeorologyen_HK
dc.subjectElderlyen_HK
dc.subjectHong kongen_HK
dc.subjectMortalityen_HK
dc.subjectTemperatureen_HK
dc.subjectWeather warningen_HK
dc.titleHot weather warning might help to reduce elderly mortality in Hong Kongen_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
dc.identifier.emailChau, PH: phpchau@hku.hken_HK
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dc.identifier.doi10.1007/s00484-009-0232-5en_HK
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dc.identifier.volume53en_HK
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