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The Awareness of Pulmonologists and Patients with Respiratory Diseases about the Impact of Air Pollution on Health in Poland

Department of Family Medicine, Medical University of Warsaw, Lindleya Street 4, 02-005 Warsaw, Poland
Academic Editors: Artur Badyda, Tamara Schikowski and Andrzej Chcialowski
J. Clin. Med. 2021, 10(12), 2606; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/jcm10122606
Received: 10 April 2021 / Revised: 1 June 2021 / Accepted: 4 June 2021 / Published: 12 June 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Clinical Studies on the Impact of Air Pollutants on Human Health)
Within the European Union, air pollution is highest in Poland. The aim of this study was to compare the awareness of Polish pulmonologists and that of patients with respiratory diseases about the impact of air pollution on health. It was a crossover study with voluntary and anonymous participation. The study included 309 pulmonologists and 262 patients with respiratory diseases. The majority of the patients declared good knowledge about the impact of air pollution on health, and only 16% of the pulmonologists declared sufficient knowledge on this topic. The main sources of information on air pollution were radio and television for patients and the medical press for doctors. Doctors rarely informed patients about the impact of air pollution on their disease. Patients followed information on the quality of air in their areas more often than doctors. Polish patients’ knowledge about the main sources of air pollution in their areas was higher than the knowledge of pulmonologists. Patients declared knowledge of air pollution standards twice as often as doctors. Patients with respiratory diseases are interested in the effects of air pollution on their health. Polish patients’ knowledge about air pollution and its health effects is higher than that of the specialists treating them. Professional education of Polish pulmonologists in this field is needed. View Full-Text
Keywords: air pollution; awareness; education; knowledge; patients; pulmonologists; respiratory diseases air pollution; awareness; education; knowledge; patients; pulmonologists; respiratory diseases
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Zielonka, T.M. The Awareness of Pulmonologists and Patients with Respiratory Diseases about the Impact of Air Pollution on Health in Poland. J. Clin. Med. 2021, 10, 2606. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/jcm10122606

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Zielonka TM. The Awareness of Pulmonologists and Patients with Respiratory Diseases about the Impact of Air Pollution on Health in Poland. Journal of Clinical Medicine. 2021; 10(12):2606. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/jcm10122606

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Zielonka, Tadeusz M. 2021. "The Awareness of Pulmonologists and Patients with Respiratory Diseases about the Impact of Air Pollution on Health in Poland" Journal of Clinical Medicine 10, no. 12: 2606. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/jcm10122606

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