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Air Quality

A Primer for BC Physicians and Resource for Informing Patients

Download the BC Physician’s Primer and Resource for Informing Patients
Download the Appendix to the Primer: A Guide to Air Quality Information for the Public

Released on June 3 - Clean Air Day 2009 - The Primer for B.C. Physicians and Resource for Informing Patients (the ‘primer’) was created in response to a recent survey of more than 150 BC doctors which indicated the need for more information on the impacts of air pollution on health.

“It’s a new approach and to my knowledge, the first of its kind,” says Michael Brauer, Professor at UBC’s School of Environmental Health and co-author. “It lays the groundwork for an important, ongoing dialogue between authorities on environmental health and frontline health professionals.”
 
The document was created in response to a recent survey of more than 150 BC doctors which indicated the need for more information on the impacts of air pollution on health. While not a set of formal guidelines, the primer is well-researched and a collaborative, multi-agency effort produced by leading BC environmental health authorities and endorsed by researchers and scientists with international reputations in the field.

“This primer provides physicians with a synthesis of the current medical understanding of air pollutants and recommends what can be done to reduce health impacts from community level actions to individual decisions,” says Dr. Menn Biagtan, Program Manager for the BC Lung Association.

Contributors to the Primer for B.C. Physicians and Resource for Informing Patients include the BC Lung Association, the UBC School of Environmental Health/Centre for Health and Environment Research; the B.C. Centre for Disease Control and the Ministry of Healthy Living and Sport.

To arrange interviews with document authors or for more information please contact:

Katrina van Bylandt, Communications Manager, BC Lung Association
T 604.731.5864, or TF 1.800.665.5864 C 778.773.4788 E vanbylandt@bc.lung.ca

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