Assessment of the effects of maternal exposure to heatwave on birth outcomes in Brisbane, Australia

Wang, Jiajia (2014) Assessment of the effects of maternal exposure to heatwave on birth outcomes in Brisbane, Australia. PhD thesis, Queensland University of Technology.


Even though heatwave events have become more frequent and intense in most regions around the world, little is known about the impact of heatwave on birth outcomes. This thesis uses a population-based study design to investigate the relationship between maternal heatwave exposure and adverse birth outcomes in Brisbane, Australia. This study found that heatwave exposure at any stage of pregnancy can be harmful to fetal growth, and further increase the risk of adverse birth outcomes. Both short- and long-term effects of heatwave on adverse birth outcomes were found. The findings in this thesis may have significant public health implications.

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ID Code: 76289
Item Type: QUT Thesis (PhD)
Supervisor: Tong, Shilu & Yu, Vivian
Keywords: Heatwave, Birth outcomes, Preterm birth, Stillbirth , Survival analysis, Cox regression model, Ambient temperature , Susceptible windows
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 20 Oct 2014 04:19
Last Modified: 03 Sep 2015 05:13

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