Published: 14 May 2012

Authors: Keal, M., Crane, J., Baker, M., Wickens, K., & Cunningham, M.

    Read online: A measure for quantifying the impact of housing quality on respiratory health: A cross-sectional study.


    Damp and mould in homes have been established as risk factors for respiratory health. There is a need for a relatively straightforward assessment of the home that quantifies this risk.


    Using data from 891 New Zealand houses, the utility of a Respiratory Hazard Index quantifying key attributes related to damp and mould was tested by studying its associations with self-reported respiratory symptoms.