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Health-related quality of life does not explain the protective effect of farming on allergies

Stöcklin, L. and Loss, G. and von Mutius, E. and Genuneit, J. and Horak, E. and Braun-Fahrländer, C.. (2012) Health-related quality of life does not explain the protective effect of farming on allergies. Pediatric allergy and immunology, Vol. 23, H. 6. pp. 519-521.

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To cite this article: Stocklin L, Loss G, von Mutius E, Genuneit J, Horak E, Braun-Fahrlander C. Health-related quality of life does not explain the protective effect of farming on allergies. Pediatr Allergy Immunol 2012: 00. ABSTRACT: Background: Numerous studies report a protective effect of farming against allergic diseases. Some specific underlying exposures contributing to this effect have recently been described in the GABRIEL survey. So far, psycho-social factors have not been included in these analyses. Methods: In order to assess the potential influence of health-related quality of life (HRQOL) on the protective effect of farming, 8259 school aged children from the European GABRIEL study answered questions concerning farming and allergic diseases, as well as validated questions about HRQOL. Results: Farm children reported higher HRQOL than non farm children. However, HRQOL did not modify the protective effect of farming against allergies. Children with allergic diseases reported significantly lower HRQOL scores suggesting that the higher HRQOL of farm children was in part explained by the lower prevalence of these diseases among farm children. Conclusion: Although farm children reported higher HRQOL scores than did non-farm children, HRQOL did not explain the protective effect of farming against allergic diseases. The relationship between allergic diseases and HRQOL is likely bidirectional and needs to be assessed prospectively
Faculties and Departments:09 Associated Institutions > Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH) > Department of Epidemiology and Public Health (EPH) > Environmental Exposures and Health
UniBasel Contributors:Loss, Georg
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Publisher:Blackwell
ISSN:0905-6157
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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