Home remediation for respiratory health: A feasibility study

Alex H. Stubner*, H. Kenneth Dillon, Connie L. Kohler

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This study examined the feasibility of conducting home remediation interventions that would lower allergen levels among low-income, inner city households in Birmingham, Alabama. The primary objectives were to use established neighborhood infrastructure to identify households for remediation, and to conduct inspection and remediation activities to potentially prevent or control asthma symptoms related to indoor air environmental contaminants. This study was undertaken in conjunction with the Department of Community Development (DCD) of Birmingham, Alabama. The intervention was successful, although many tasks would be performed differently and with different emphases in the future. Dust mite allergen levels were clearly lowered with impermeable mattress covers and by replacing carpets with nonporous floor coverings. Findings from this study should provide baseline information and improve the chances for success in future studies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-15
Number of pages15
JournalFamily and Community Health
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 2000
Externally publishedYes


  • Air sampling
  • Allergens
  • Asthma
  • Community health advisor
  • Dust sampling
  • Fungi
  • Home inspection
  • Home remediation
  • Intervention
  • Remediation costs


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