Burden of Disease from Environmental Noise (PDF)
Quantification of Healthy Life Years Lost in Europe
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ISBN-13    9789289002301 ISBN-10    9289002301
Order Number    18000240 Format    PDF
Price    CHF    35.00 / US$    42.00 Developing countries:    CHF    24.50
English     2013        123   pages
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***This book has been "highly commended" in the public health category at the British Medical Association Medical Book Awards 2012***

The health impacts of environmental noise are a growing concern. At least one million healthy life years are lost every year from traffic-related noise in the western part of Europe.

This publication summarizes the evidence on the relationship between environmental noise and health effects, including cardiovascular disease, cognitive impairment, sleep disturbance, tinnitus, and annoyance. For each one, the environmental burden of disease methodology, based on exposure-response relationship, exposure distribution, background prevalence of disease and disability weights of the outcome, is applied to calculate the burden of disease in terms of disability-adjusted life-years. Data are still lacking for the rest of the WHO European Region.

This publication provides policy-makers and their advisers with technical support in their quantitative risk assessment of environmental noise. International, national and local authorities can use the procedure for estimating burdens presented here to prioritize and plan environmental and public health policies.