Guidance

Air pollution: a tool to estimate healthcare costs

A tool to help local authorities estimate the burden of air pollution on the health care system.

Documents

Estimation of costs to the NHS and social care due to the health impacts of air pollution

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Estimation of costs to the NHS and social care due to the health impacts of air pollution: summary report

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Appendix 1. Technical appendix and data inputs

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Appendix 3. Exposure distribution data

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Appendix 4. Disease data inputs

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Appendix 5. Cost data literature review

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Appendix 6. Comparisons between different exposure levels and population distributions

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Appendix 7. Comparison graphs between regions

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Appendix 8. Detailed output

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Appendix 9. Quality Assurance checklist

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Appendix 10. Comparisons between the Air Quality tool and UK Health Forum microsimulation

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Appendix 2. Tool and user guide

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Details

The cost of air pollution tool quantifies the potential costs to the NHS and social care due to the health impacts of particulate matter (PM2.5) and nitrogen dioxide (NO2) in England and separately for each local authority.

The tool has the ability to test different ‘what if’ scenarios for the reduction of air pollution, such as a given reduction in the levels of air pollution on the future impact of health and related cost. The outputs include the number of disease prevalence cases and costs avoided due to a given scenario relative to a baseline (‘no change’) scenario.

The accompanying report describes the methodology and data used in the analyses and provides results for England and 2 local authorities, namely Lambeth (inner city London) and South Lakeland (Cumbria), to represent 2 extremes in air pollutant concentrations.

This video will help you use the resource.

Air pollution cost estimation tool introductory video

Published 22 May 2018
Last updated 17 October 2018 + show all updates
  1. Added introductory video.
  2. First published.