Psychosocial outcome after chemical incidents
Principal Investigator: Lisa Page
Abstract: [unreadable] DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): The proposed research project is an inception cohort study of chemical incidents. The project is essentially an epidemiological study, which uses a mixture of qualitative and quantitative measures. Using a novel study design, the incident itself will be the unit of study rather than the exposed individuals. The project will be used to test the hypothesis that environmental incidents have a greater impact in affluent areas. In order to :do this a measure of 'perceived impact' of environmental incident on the exposed community will be developed and piloted, thereby allowing incidents to be designated as having either 'high' or 'low' impact. To assess the effect of the exposure of interest (socio-economic deprivation / affluence), standard socio-economic data will be obtained for the areas in which each incident occurs. There are likely to be many important effect modifiers and confounders in determining outcome after such incidents. Data will be collected on the toxicity of the chemical incident, but also on factors affecting risk perception (e.g., presence of an odour and media coverage) and other social factors. Multi level modeling will be used to assess the relative importance of these diverse factors. [unreadable] [unreadable]
Funding Period: 2005-11-15 - 2008-11-14
more information: NIH RePORT
- Relationship between daily suicide counts and temperature in England and WalesLisa A Page
Department of Psychological Medicine, Institute of Psychiatry, King s College London, London SE5 8RJ, UK
Br J Psychiatry 191:106-12. 2007..Seasonal fluctuation in suicide has been observed in many populations. High temperature may contribute to this, but the effect of short-term fluctuations in temperature on suicide rates has not been studied...
- Polonium-210 poisoning in London: hypochondriasis and public healthOliver W Morgan
East of England Regional Epidemiology Unit, Health Protection Agency, London, UK
Prehosp Disaster Med 23:96-7. 2008..Providing reassuring messages during a public health incident may be ineffective for individuals with high health anxiety (hypochondriasis)...
- Are Londoners prepared for an emergency? A longitudinal study following the London bombingsLisa Page
Department of Psychological Medicine, King s College London, London, UK
Biosecur Bioterror 6:309-19. 2008..These findings have implications for future development of individual and community emergency preparedness policy...
- Frequency and predictors of mass psychogenic illnessLisa A Page
Division of Psychological Medicine, Institute of Psychiatry, King s College London, London, United Kingdom
Epidemiology 21:744-7. 2010..We determined the frequency and predictors of mass psychogenic illness within a sample of chemical incidents...