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Journal of Public Health Management & Practice:
doi: 10.1097/PHH.0b013e3181ddcbd9
Review of Housing Interventions

Housing Interventions and Control of Asthma-Related Indoor Biologic Agents: A Review of the Evidence

Krieger, James MD, MPH; Jacobs, David E. PhD, CIH; Ashley, Peter J. DrPH; Baeder, Andrea MPH; Chew, Ginger L. ScD; Dearborn, Dorr MD, PhD; Hynes, H. Patricia MA, MS; Miller, J. David PhD; Morley, Rebecca MSPP; Rabito, Felicia PhD; Zeldin, Darryl C. MD

Erratum

Erratum

In this online-only supplement to the September/October 2010 issue, a correction must be noted for the article by James Krieger et al. In the section “House Dust Mites,” the unit of measure in the following sentences was published as μg/mg. That is incorrect. The unit of measure should be given as μg/g, as shown in the text below.

“A body of clinical and epidemiologic evidence suggests that exposure to Der p or Der f antigens at levels greater than 2 μg/g is associated with sensitization and above 10 μg/g with exacerbation of established asthma in mite-sensitized persons.9,10 These cut-points are often used to assess exposure risk in field studies. A recent survey found that more than 80% of homes in the United States have detectable levels of house dust mite allergen in the bedroom, 46% have levels above 2 μg/g, and 24% have levels above 10 μg/g.11

Journal of Public Health Management and Practice. 16(5):, September/October 2010.

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Abstract

Subject matter experts systematically reviewed evidence on the effectiveness of housing interventions that affect health outcomes, primarily asthma, associated with exposure to moisture, mold, and allergens. Three of the 11 interventions reviewed had sufficient evidence for implementation: multifaceted, in-home, tailored interventions for reducing asthma morbidity; integrated pest management to reduce cockroach allergen; and combined elimination of moisture intrusion and leaks and removal of moldy items to reduce mold and respiratory symptoms. Four interventions needed more field evaluation, 1 needed formative research, and 3 either had no evidence of effectiveness or were ineffective. The 3 interventions with sufficient evidence all applied multiple, integrated strategies. This evidence review shows that selected interventions that improve housing conditions will reduce morbidity from asthma and respiratory allergies.

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