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Title: “I have to stay inside …”: Experiences of air pollution for people with asthma
Author(s): McCarron, Amy
Semple, Sean
Swanson, Vivien
Braban, Christine F.
Gillespie, Colin
Price, Heather D.
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Keywords: Asthma
Air pollution
Qualitative methods
Lived experience
Issue Date: Jan-2024
Date Deposited: 14-Feb-2024
Citation: McCarron A, Semple S, Swanson V, Braban CF, Gillespie C & Price HD (2024) “I have to stay inside …”: Experiences of air pollution for people with asthma. <i>Health & Place</i>, 85, Art. No.: 103150.
Abstract: Asthma, characterized by airway inflammation, sensitization and constriction, and leading to symptoms including cough and dyspnoea, affects millions of people globally. Air pollution is a known asthma trigger, yet how it is experienced is understudied and how individuals with asthma interact with air quality information and manage exacerbation risks is unclear. This study aimed to explore how people living with asthma in Scotland, UK, experienced and managed their asthma in relation to air pollution. We explored these issues with 36 participants using semi-structured interviews. We found that self-protection measures were influenced by place and sense of control (with the home being a “safe space”), and that the perception of clean(er) air had a liberating effect on outdoor activities. We discuss how these insights could shape air quality-related health advice in future.
DOI Link: 10.1016/j.healthplace.2023.103150
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