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Modifying Effect of Heat Waves on the Relationship between Temperature and Mortality.

Lee WK, Lee HA, Park H - J. Korean Med. Sci. (2016)

Bottom Line: The effect of temperature on mortality was the greatest in 1991-1995 in Seoul; no significant change was observed in Busan.Furthermore, heterogeneity was found in the modifying effect of heat waves on heat-related mortality in inland and coastal cities.The findings of this study help understand relations between temperature and mortality.

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Affiliation: Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, Inha University School of Medicine, Incheon, Korea .

ABSTRACT
Studies conducted to evaluate temporal trends of heat-related mortality have not considered the effects of heat waves; although it is known they can affect mortality and act as a modifying factor. After adjusting for long-term trends and seasonality, the effects of temperature on non-accidental deaths in Seoul and Busan (inland and coastal cities, respectively) were analyzed using a generalized additive model of Poisson distribution. We evaluated temporal trends of heat-related mortalities in four periods (1991-1995, 1996-2000, 2001-2005, and 2006-2012). The effects of temperature on mortality were evaluated according to the occurrence of a heat wave and results were compared in the two cities. The effect of temperature on mortality was the greatest in 1991-1995 in Seoul; no significant change was observed in Busan. When we stratified the study period by heat wave status, the risk increase in mortality was 15.9% per 1℃ during years with a heat wave in Seoul, which was much higher than 0.31% increase observed during years without a heat wave. On the other hand, Busan showed a linear relationship between temperature and mortality and no significant difference between years with or without a heat wave. Variations in the relationship between temperature and mortality could be misunderstood if heat waves are not considered. Furthermore, heterogeneity was found in the modifying effect of heat waves on heat-related mortality in inland and coastal cities. The findings of this study help understand relations between temperature and mortality.

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Daily mean temperatures in Seoul and Busan from 1991 to 2012, Korea.
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Figure 1: Daily mean temperatures in Seoul and Busan from 1991 to 2012, Korea.

Mentions: Seoul and Busan are the largest metropolitan areas in Korea, and had registered populations of 10,195,318 and 3,538,484 in 2012. Seoul is an inland city located at 37° 34’ N and 126° 58’ E, whereas Busan is a coastal city located at 35° 06’ N and 129° 02’ E (Fig. 1). These two cities are homogeneous in terms of ethnicity and age distribution and both have four district seasons.


Modifying Effect of Heat Waves on the Relationship between Temperature and Mortality.

Lee WK, Lee HA, Park H - J. Korean Med. Sci. (2016)

Daily mean temperatures in Seoul and Busan from 1991 to 2012, Korea.
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Related In: Results  -  Collection

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getmorefigures.php?uid=PMC4835594&req=5

Figure 1: Daily mean temperatures in Seoul and Busan from 1991 to 2012, Korea.
Mentions: Seoul and Busan are the largest metropolitan areas in Korea, and had registered populations of 10,195,318 and 3,538,484 in 2012. Seoul is an inland city located at 37° 34’ N and 126° 58’ E, whereas Busan is a coastal city located at 35° 06’ N and 129° 02’ E (Fig. 1). These two cities are homogeneous in terms of ethnicity and age distribution and both have four district seasons.

Bottom Line: The effect of temperature on mortality was the greatest in 1991-1995 in Seoul; no significant change was observed in Busan.Furthermore, heterogeneity was found in the modifying effect of heat waves on heat-related mortality in inland and coastal cities.The findings of this study help understand relations between temperature and mortality.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, Inha University School of Medicine, Incheon, Korea .

ABSTRACT
Studies conducted to evaluate temporal trends of heat-related mortality have not considered the effects of heat waves; although it is known they can affect mortality and act as a modifying factor. After adjusting for long-term trends and seasonality, the effects of temperature on non-accidental deaths in Seoul and Busan (inland and coastal cities, respectively) were analyzed using a generalized additive model of Poisson distribution. We evaluated temporal trends of heat-related mortalities in four periods (1991-1995, 1996-2000, 2001-2005, and 2006-2012). The effects of temperature on mortality were evaluated according to the occurrence of a heat wave and results were compared in the two cities. The effect of temperature on mortality was the greatest in 1991-1995 in Seoul; no significant change was observed in Busan. When we stratified the study period by heat wave status, the risk increase in mortality was 15.9% per 1℃ during years with a heat wave in Seoul, which was much higher than 0.31% increase observed during years without a heat wave. On the other hand, Busan showed a linear relationship between temperature and mortality and no significant difference between years with or without a heat wave. Variations in the relationship between temperature and mortality could be misunderstood if heat waves are not considered. Furthermore, heterogeneity was found in the modifying effect of heat waves on heat-related mortality in inland and coastal cities. The findings of this study help understand relations between temperature and mortality.

No MeSH data available.


Related in: MedlinePlus