Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/21277
Title: The influence of weather on health-related help-seeking behavior of senior citizens in Hong Kong
Authors: Wong, HT
Chiu, MYL
Wu, CST 
Lee, TC
Keywords: Chinese
Emergency
Help-seeking
Telehealth
Weather
Weather forecast
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: Springer New York LLC
Source: International journal of biometeorology, 2015, v. 59, no. 3, p. 373-376 How to cite?
Journal: International Journal of Biometeorology 
Abstract: It is believed that extreme hot and cold weather has a negative impact on general health conditions. Much research focuses on mortality, but there is relatively little community health research. This study is aimed at identifying high-risk groups who are sensitive to extreme weather conditions, in particular, very hot and cold days, through an analysis of the health-related help-seeking patterns of over 60,000 Personal Emergency Link (PE-link) users in Hong Kong relative to weather conditions. In the study, 1,659,716 PE-link calls to the help center were analyzed. Results showed that females, older elderly, people who did not live alone, non-subsidized (relatively high-income) users, and those without medical histories of heart disease, hypertension, stroke, and diabetes were more sensitive to extreme weather condition. The results suggest that using official government weather forecast reports to predict health-related help-seeking behavior is feasible. An evidence-based strategic plan could be formulated by using a method similar to that used in this study to identify high-risk groups. Preventive measures could be established for protecting the target groups when extreme weather conditions are forecasted.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/21277
ISSN: 0020-7128
DOI: 10.1007/s00484-014-0831-7
Appears in Collections:Journal/Magazine Article

Access
View full-text via PolyU eLinks SFX Query
Show full item record

SCOPUSTM   
Citations

3
Last Week
0
Last month
0
Citations as of Nov 15, 2017

WEB OF SCIENCETM
Citations

4
Last Week
0
Last month
0
Citations as of Nov 18, 2017

Page view(s)

44
Last Week
1
Last month
Checked on Nov 20, 2017

Google ScholarTM

Check

Altmetric



Items in DSpace are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.