Table 3

Descriptive statistics of key outcome variables—hospitalisation rates, weather variables and particulate pollution, for the two study sites

Key variableHobart: mean (SD)Launceston: mean (SD)
Asthma (admissions/day)0.796 (0.973)0.645 (0.851)
Bronchs (admissions/day)0.331 (0.685)0.247 (0.552)
COPD (admissions/day)0.421 (0.764)0.332 (0.669)
PM10 (μg/m3)Winter 40.7 (23.5)
Summer 15.0 (12.0)
Temp (C)13.0 (4.02)12.6 (4.46)
RelHum (%)67.0 (11.1)68.4 (13.7)
  • Bronchs, bronchitis/bronchiolitis; COPD, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease; PM10, particulate matter with a diameter below 10 µ; RelHum, relative humidity; temp, temperature.