Impact of a major thermoelectric plant on self-perceived health status

Liliane Chatenoud, Paola Mosconi, Matteo Malvezzi, Paolo Colombo, Carlo La Vecchia, Giovanni Apolone

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Background. Measuring self-perceived health status and risk perception according to environmental factors remains a major open issue with important health policy implications. Methods. To measure self-perceived health status in an area where a major thermoelectric plant has been active since 1994, in October 2001, we conducted a two sample survey using the SF-12 Health Survey. The study sample (2001 individuals) representative of the population living in the plant area (Montalto di Castro, Central Italy) was compared with a random sample of the general Italian population (1928 individuals). Mean values were adjusted for age, sex and education. Results. SF-12 summary scales means are comparable in both samples: 50.2 (SE: 0.3) versus 49.9 (SE: 0.3) for the physical score, and 47.7 (SE: 0.4) versus 48.7 (SE: 0.4) for the mental score for Montalto di Castro area and Italian sample respectively. Conclusion. People living near a major thermoelectric plant have a subjective health status comparable to that reported by the general Italian population.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)328-333
Number of pages6
JournalPreventive Medicine
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2005


  • Health perception
  • Health status
  • Italy
  • SF-12
  • Thermoelectric plant

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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