Impact of diurnal temperature range on human health: a systematic review

Cheng, Jian, Xu, Zhiwei, Zhu, Rui, Wang, Xu, Jin, Liu, Song, Jian, & Su, Hong (2014) Impact of diurnal temperature range on human health: a systematic review. International Journal of Biometeorology: the description, causes, and implications of climatic change, 58(9), pp. 2011-2024.

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Increasing epidemiological studies have shown that a rapid temperature change within 1 day is an independent risk factor for human health. This paper aimed to systematically review the epidemiological evidence on the relationship between diurnal temperature range (DTR) and human health and to propose future research directions. A literature search was conducted in October 2013 using the databases including PubMed, ScienceDirect, and EBSCO. Empirical studies regarding the relationship between DTR and mortality and morbidity were included. Twenty-five relevant studies were identified, among which, 11 investigated the relationship between DTR and mortality and 14 examined the impact of DTR on morbidity. The majority of existing studies reported that DTR was significantly associated with mortality and morbidity, particularly for cardiovascular and respiratory diseases. Notably, compared with adults, the elderly and children were more vulnerable to DTR effects. However, there were some inconsistencies regarding the susceptible groups, lag time, and threshold of DTR. The impact of DTR on human health may be confounded or modified by season, socioeconomic, and educational status. Further research is needed to further confirm the adverse effects of DTR in different geographical locations; examine the effects of DTR on the health of children aged one or under; explore extreme DTR effects on human health; analyze the difference of DTR effects on human health in different locations and the modified effects of potential confounding factors; and develop detailed preventive measures against large DTR, particularly for susceptible groups

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ID Code: 88766
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Climate change, DTR, Morbidity, Mortality
DOI: 10.1007/s00484-014-0797-5
ISSN: 0020-7128
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Health Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Copyright Owner: Copyright ISB 2014
Deposited On: 29 Oct 2015 05:13
Last Modified: 29 Oct 2015 05:13

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