“I have to stay inside …”: experiences of air pollution for people with asthma

McCarron, Amy; Semple, Sean; Swanson, Vivien; Braban, Christine F. ORCID:; Gillespie, Colin; Price, Heather D.. 2024 “I have to stay inside …”: experiences of air pollution for people with asthma. Health & Place, 85, 103150. 12, pp.

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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.

Item Type: Publication - Article
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UKCEH and CEH Sections/Science Areas: Atmospheric Chemistry and Effects (Science Area 2017-)
ISSN: 1353-8292
Additional Information. Not used in RCUK Gateway to Research.: Open Access paper - full text available via Official URL link.
Additional Keywords: asthma, air pollution, qualitative methods, lived experience
NORA Subject Terms: Ecology and Environment
Atmospheric Sciences
Date made live: 19 Dec 2023 10:30 +0 (UTC)

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