|06 Daily air pollution and mortality
The ultimate goal of the project is to create a new air quality warning system for Canada. [Note: this project is not funded by the Emerging Infectious Diseases network.]
- In collaboration with Health Canada, a team in Dr. Brown’s lab is studying the short-term effects of ambient air pollution on daily mortality in Canada. Data are available from over 100 regions of Canada as daily mortality counts covering a time period of nearly 30 years. Air pollution data is modelled hourly over the same time period. The core of the method is the case-crossover model, a type of partial likelihood where air quality on each death day is compared to air quality on a number of previous control days. This project will extend the methodology by allowing for multiple pollutants, at different time lags, with non-linear effects.