Aim Community-based participatory research (CBPR) is an munities, as compared to regional and national prevalences, increasingly common approach in the USA, but still relatively including chronic skin problems, asthma, cancer, and diabe- rare in Europe. In the industrial zone of Marseille, there is a tes. Chronic skin problems and asthma were among the most long history of pollution, but little is known about the health common chronic illnesses reported. A majority of respondents implications. This study documented the prevalence of differ- also reported acute symptoms that affected daily life, includ- ent health issues in two heavily polluted towns in the industrial ing eye irritation or nose and throat problems. zone using a CBPR approach. Conclusion There is likely an environmental explanation for Subject and methods This study used a CBPR approach and why, even after direct standardization, the prevalences of epidemiologic methods to answer community members’ many diseases were higher in these communities than else- questions about the health of residents in Marseille’sindustrial where. The combination of CBPR and rigorous epidemiologic zone by randomly sampling a cross-section of residents to methods helps make our findings relevant to both community systematically document health issues in Fos-sur-Mer and members and researchers.
Journal of Public Health – Springer Journals
Published: Oct 27, 2017
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