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Belanger D.,INRS - Institute National de la Recherche Scientifique | Belanger D.,University of Quebec | Gosselin P.,INRS - Institute National de la Recherche Scientifique | Gosselin P.,University of Quebec | And 5 more authors.
Health and Place | Year: 2015

Dwelling and neighbourhood characteristics associated with the prevalence of self-reported heat-induced adverse health effects are not well known. We interviewed 3485 people in the most disadvantaged neighbourhoods of the nine largest cities in Québec, Canada. The prevalence of heat-induced adverse health effects was 46%, out of which one fourth led to medical consultation. Multivariate analyses showed that dissatisfaction with the summer dwelling temperature, which refers to home heat exposure, and perception that the neighbourhood is polluted due to traffic, were determinant, even after adjusting for current health status. These risk indicators can be used to identify subgroups at high risk and as priority-setting criteria for urban renewal programs for the hotter climate to come. © 2015 The Authors. Source

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