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Measuring the environmental burden of disease in South Korea: A population-based study

  • Measuring the environmental burden of disease in South Korea: A population-based study
  • Yoon, Seok-Jun; Kim, Hyeong-Su; Ha, Jongsik; Kim, Eun-Jung
  • Basel, Switzerland : Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute
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Title Measuring the environmental burden of disease in South Korea: A population-based study
Author Yoon, Seok-Jun; Kim, Hyeong-Su; Ha, Jongsik; Kim, Eun-Jung
Publisher Basel, Switzerland : Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute
Publication Date 2015 - 07
Material Type Article
Country South Korea Holding Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute
Language English License
Pages 11

Abstract

Background: This study attempted to measure the environmental burden of disease by examining mortality and disability rates in South Korea, permitting international comparisons. Methods: Disability-adjusted life years (DALY) was used to analyze data from public records. Years of life lost (YLL) and years lost to disability (YLD) were measured in terms of incidence rate and number of deaths. Attributable risks were based on those for WHO Western Pacific Regions. For air pollution, attributable risk was calculated using local PM10 levels and relative risk. Results: The total Korean environmental burden of disease was 17.98 per 1000 persons and the most serious risk factor was air pollution, at 6.89per1000 persons. Occupation was the second highest contributing factor, at 3.29 per 1000 persons, followed by indoor air pollution at 2.91 per 1000 persons. (The rest omitted)

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