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A longitudinal comparative study of the physical and mental health problems of affected residents of the firework disaster Enschede, The Netherlands.
Public Health 2007; 121(5):367-74PH

Abstract

OBJECTIVES

After the firework disaster in Enschede, The Netherlands, on 13 May 2000, a longitudinal health study was carried out. Study questions were: (1) did the health status change over this period; and (2) how is the health status 18 months after the disaster compared with controls?

STUDY DESIGN

A longitudinal comparative study with two surveys at 3 weeks and 18 months after the disaster.

METHODS

A control group for the affected residents was included in the second survey. Respondents filled in a set of validated questionnaires measuring their physical and mental health problems.

RESULTS

The prevalence of physical and emotional role limitations, severe sleeping problems, feelings of depression and anxiety, as well as intrusion and avoidance decreased from 3 weeks to 18 months after the disaster for the affected residents. Independent of background characteristics and other life events, residents had 1.5 to three times more health problems than the control group; for example, physical role limitations (odds ratio [OR]=1.5, 95% confidence interval [CI] 1.2-2.0) and anxiety (OR=3.1, 95% CI 2.4-4.2).

CONCLUSIONS

Although health problems decreased compared with 3 weeks after the disaster, 18 months after the disaster, the affected residents had more health problems than the people from the control group.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Centre for Environmental Health Research, National Institute for Public Health and Environment (RIVM), PO Box 1, 3720 BA Bilthoven, The Netherlands. Linda.Grievink@rivm.nlNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Comparative Study
Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

17320920

Citation

Grievink, L, et al. "A Longitudinal Comparative Study of the Physical and Mental Health Problems of Affected Residents of the Firework Disaster Enschede, the Netherlands." Public Health, vol. 121, no. 5, 2007, pp. 367-74.
Grievink L, van der Velden PG, Stellato RK, et al. A longitudinal comparative study of the physical and mental health problems of affected residents of the firework disaster Enschede, The Netherlands. Public Health. 2007;121(5):367-74.
Grievink, L., van der Velden, P. G., Stellato, R. K., Dusseldorp, A., Gersons, B. P., Kleber, R. J., & Lebret, E. (2007). A longitudinal comparative study of the physical and mental health problems of affected residents of the firework disaster Enschede, The Netherlands. Public Health, 121(5), pp. 367-74.
Grievink L, et al. A Longitudinal Comparative Study of the Physical and Mental Health Problems of Affected Residents of the Firework Disaster Enschede, the Netherlands. Public Health. 2007;121(5):367-74. PubMed PMID: 17320920.
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TY - JOUR T1 - A longitudinal comparative study of the physical and mental health problems of affected residents of the firework disaster Enschede, The Netherlands. AU - Grievink,L, AU - van der Velden,P G, AU - Stellato,R K, AU - Dusseldorp,A, AU - Gersons,B P R, AU - Kleber,R J, AU - Lebret,E, Y1 - 2007/02/23/ PY - 2005/03/07/received PY - 2006/08/22/revised PY - 2006/09/28/accepted PY - 2007/2/27/pubmed PY - 2007/6/15/medline PY - 2007/2/27/entrez SP - 367 EP - 74 JF - Public health JO - Public Health VL - 121 IS - 5 N2 - OBJECTIVES: After the firework disaster in Enschede, The Netherlands, on 13 May 2000, a longitudinal health study was carried out. Study questions were: (1) did the health status change over this period; and (2) how is the health status 18 months after the disaster compared with controls? STUDY DESIGN: A longitudinal comparative study with two surveys at 3 weeks and 18 months after the disaster. METHODS: A control group for the affected residents was included in the second survey. Respondents filled in a set of validated questionnaires measuring their physical and mental health problems. RESULTS: The prevalence of physical and emotional role limitations, severe sleeping problems, feelings of depression and anxiety, as well as intrusion and avoidance decreased from 3 weeks to 18 months after the disaster for the affected residents. Independent of background characteristics and other life events, residents had 1.5 to three times more health problems than the control group; for example, physical role limitations (odds ratio [OR]=1.5, 95% confidence interval [CI] 1.2-2.0) and anxiety (OR=3.1, 95% CI 2.4-4.2). CONCLUSIONS: Although health problems decreased compared with 3 weeks after the disaster, 18 months after the disaster, the affected residents had more health problems than the people from the control group. SN - 0033-3506 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/17320920/A_longitudinal_comparative_study_of_the_physical_and_mental_health_problems_of_affected_residents_of_the_firework_disaster_Enschede_The_Netherlands_ L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0033-3506(06)00355-6 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -