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Creating individual level air pollution exposures in an anonymised data safe haven: A platform for evaluating impact on educational attainment

Mizen, A; Lyons, J; Doherty, R; Berridge, D; Wilkinson, P; Milojevic, A; Carruthers, D; ... Rodgers, SE; + view all (2018) Creating individual level air pollution exposures in an anonymised data safe haven: A platform for evaluating impact on educational attainment. International Journal of Population Data Science , 3 , Article 16. 10.23889/ijpds.v3i1.412. Green open access

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Abstract

Introduction: There is a lack of evidence on the adverse effects of air pollution on cognition for people with air quality-related health conditions. We propose that educational attainment, as a proxy for cognition, may increase with improved air quality. This study will explore whether asthma and seasonal allergic rhinitis, when exacerbated by acute exposure to air pollution, is associated with educational attainment. Objective To describe the preparation of individual and household-level linked environmental and health data for analysis within an anonymised safe haven. Also to introduce our statistical analysis plan for our study: COgnition, Respiratory Tract illness and Effects of eXposure (CORTEX). Methods We imported daily air pollution and aeroallergen data, and individual level education data into the SAIL databank, an anonymised safe haven for person-based records. We linked individual-level education, socioeconomic and health data to air quality data for home and school locations, creating tailored exposures for individuals across a city. We developed daily exposure data for all pupils in repeated cross sectional exam cohorts (2009-2015). Conclusion We have used the SAIL databank, an innovative, data safe haven to create individual-level exposures to air pollution and pollen for multiple daily home and school locations. The analysis platform will allow us to evaluate retrospectively the impact of air quality on attainment for multiple cross-sectional cohorts of pupils. Our methods will allow us to distinguish between the pollution impacts on educational attainment for pupils with and without respiratory health conditions. The results from this study will further our understanding of the effects of air quality and respiratory-related health conditions on cognition.

Type: Article
Title: Creating individual level air pollution exposures in an anonymised data safe haven: A platform for evaluating impact on educational attainment
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.23889/ijpds.v3i1.412
Publisher version: http://doi.org/10.23889/ijpds.v3i1.412
Language: English
Additional information: This is an Open Access article under a CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/deed.en).
Keywords: data linkage, cognition, asthma, seasonal allergic rhinitis, air pollution
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > Bartlett School Env, Energy and Resources
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10102277
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