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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2013, 10(4), 1284-1303;

Do Quiet Areas Afford Greater Health-Related Quality of Life than Noisy Areas?

School of Public Health, Auckland University of Technology, Auckland 1142, New Zealand
School of Population Health, The University of Auckland, Auckland 1142, New Zealand
Department of Preventative and Social Medicine, University of Otago, Dunedin 9054, New Zealand
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Received: 5 February 2013 / Revised: 18 March 2013 / Accepted: 19 March 2013 / Published: 27 March 2013
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People typically choose to live in quiet areas in order to safeguard their health and wellbeing. However, the benefits of living in quiet areas are relatively understudied compared to the burdens associated with living in noisy areas. Additionally, research is increasingly focusing on the relationship between the human response to noise and measures of health and wellbeing, complementing traditional dose-response approaches, and further elucidating the impact of noise and health by incorporating human factors as mediators and moderators. To further explore the benefits of living in quiet areas, we compared the results of health-related quality of life (HRQOL) questionnaire datasets collected from households in localities differentiated by their soundscapes and population density: noisy city, quiet city, quiet rural, and noisy rural. The dose-response relationships between noise annoyance and HRQOL measures indicated an inverse relationship between the two. Additionally, quiet areas were found to have higher mean HRQOL domain scores than noisy areas. This research further supports the protection of quiet locales and ongoing noise abatement in noisy areas. View Full-Text
Keywords: quiet; noise; quality of life quiet; noise; quality of life

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Shepherd, D.; Welch, D.; Dirks, K.N.; McBride, D. Do Quiet Areas Afford Greater Health-Related Quality of Life than Noisy Areas? Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2013, 10, 1284-1303.

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