Suzanne Moffatt

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OBJECTIVE To determine whether there was excess ill health in people living near a coking works, and if so whether it was related to exposure to coking works' emissions. DESIGN Populations varying in proximity to the coking works were compared with control populations. Health data were correlated with available environmental data. METHODS Analysis of(More)
OBJECTIVES To investigate concern that local industrial air pollution in Teesside, England, was causing poor health, several areas there were compared with parts of the City of Sunderland. METHODS Populations in similar social and economic circumstances but varying in their proximity to major industries were compared. Study populations lived in 27 housing(More)
In this paper we explore how the presence of hazardous industry may affect the identity of a place and the people who live there. Drawing on Goffman's seminal work on stigma - together with recent debates on environmental and technological stigma - we extend the concepts of difference and spoiled identity from the individual to place. The paper is based on(More)
This study assesses whether deprived populations living close to industry experience greater mortality from lung cancer than populations with comparable socioeconomic characteristics living farther away. Mortality data, census data, a postal survey of living circumstances, historic and contemporary data on air quality and a historic land-use survey were(More)
BACKGROUND In this methodological paper we document the interpretation of a mixed methods study and outline an approach to dealing with apparent discrepancies between qualitative and quantitative research data in a pilot study evaluating whether welfare rights advice has an impact on health and social outcomes among a population aged 60 and over. METHODS(More)
We investigated how public perceptions of the links between air pollution and health varied with contextual factors describing individuals and their locality. Information was collected via postal surveys on 2744 adults resident in five neighborhoods in Northeast England. Perceptions were compared by individual factors (health status, age, and gender) and(More)
BACKGROUND Socio-economic variations in health, including variations in health according to wealth and income, have been widely reported. A potential method of improving the health of the most deprived groups is to increase their income. State funded welfare programmes of financial benefits and benefits in kind are common in developed countries. However,(More)
An epidemiological study of the impact of industrial pollution from a cokeing works in north-east England on the health of a population resident nearby uncovered strong but localised public concern about the possible dangers of air pollution. This paper discusses these popular concerns in the context of empirical findings from the study which examined(More)
This paper explores the health and environmental concerns of parents living close to opencast coal mines in the UK and characterises parental risk perceptions in relation to children's asthma status. This qualitative research was undertaken in tandem with an epidemiological investigation aiming to establish whether opencast coal mining adversely affected(More)