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Ambient temperature and hospitalizations in Brazil: Addressing measurement indicators, geographical variation, temporal change, and demographic difference

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posted on 01.07.2019, 00:40 by QI ZHAO
This thesis explores the risk of hospitalizations in Brazil associated with ambient heat, heatwaves and temperature variability using a national dataset during 2000–2015. It finds the effect estimates of the three temperature indicators varies by regions, sex-age groups, and by underlying diseases or health conditions. There is no substantial decline in the effect estimates at the national level over the 16-year period, suggesting a minimal climatic adaptation of the Brazil population. These results are important for understanding the effects of global warming in this country, and for developing efficient protection strategies for the most vulnerable population subgroups.


Principal supervisor

Yuming Guo

Additional supervisor 1

Shanshan Li

Additional supervisor 2

Michael Abramson

Additional supervisor 3

Rachel Huxley

Year of Award


Department, School or Centre

Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine

Campus location



Doctor of Philosophy

Degree Type



Faculty of Medicine Nursing and Health Sciences

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