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McBride, David; Shepherd, Daniel; Welch, David; and Dirks, Kim
Longitudinal study of the impact of wind turbine proximity on health related quality of life 
Background. Wind turbine noise is known to cause annoyance and sleep disturbance, which are primary health effects. An additional risk factor is the trait of noise sensitivity, which describes individuals who are more likely to pay attention to sound, evaluate sound negatively and have stronger emotional reactions to noise. The result is chronic stress, the effects of which could be monitored through detecting stress related outcomes such as hypertension in exposed individuals. An alternative approach is to monitor health related . . . Complete article »

Shepherd, Daniel; McBride, David; Welch, David; Dirks, Kim; and Hill, Erin
Evaluating the impact of wind turbine noise on health-related quality of life 
Abstract We report a cross-sectional study comparing the health-related quality of life (HRQOL) of individuals residing in the proximity of a wind farm to those residing in a demographically matched area sufficiently displaced from wind turbines. The study employed a nonequivalent comparison group posttest-only design. Self-administered questionnaires, which included the brief version of the World Health Organization quality of life scale, were delivered to residents in two adjacent areas in semirural New Zealand. Participants were also asked to identify annoying . . . Complete article »

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