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Perception and barriers to indoor air quality and perceived impact on respiratory health: an assessment in rural Honduras

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Abstract: Objectively, the purpose of this study was to identify family specific factors associated with respiratory symptoms and to study the perceived impact of indoor air pollution (IAP) as a health problem. method. In June 2012, 23 IRB approved, voluntary and anonymous surveys were conducted in Spanish at a medical outreach clinic and at the respondents homes. Comparative analysis was conducted to investigate the relationship between specific house characteristics and respiratory discomfort. 79 investigations were completed. Respondents often reported respiratory symptoms: 42 said that smoke in their home caused tears in their eyes, 42 reported that members of their family had coughed in the past two weeks, and 25 said they had a cough at presentsehold members experiencing difficulty in breathing. Stove location and kitchen roof construction material were significantly associated with frequency of respiratory symptoms. The vast majority used firewood as their major fuel type. Most respondents indicated that neither indoor air quality was a problem nor did it affect their daily life. Conclusions. Respiratory complaints are common in Yoro, Honduras. Stove location and kitchen roof construction material were significantly associated with frequency of respiratory symptoms; this may have implications for efforts to improve respiratory health in the region.

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