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Disasters and population health

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Events of mass trauma are relatively common global phenomena with widespread impact on human health. We conducted this systematic literature review using the National Library of Medicine's PubMed database. We investigated the effect of disasters on six main topic areas of interest: injury and mortality, health systems and infrastructure, mental health, infectious disease, chronic disease, and health behavior. This review covers 182 articles on both natural and man-made disasters, excluding war. We present the results by topic area, across disaster type. This work highlights the scope and heterogeneity of disaster research today, providing a contextual background in which to formulate interventions and disaster planning efforts. © 2009 Springer-Verlag New York.




Johnson, J., & Galea, S. (2009). Disasters and population health. In Lifespan Perspectives on Natural Disasters (pp. 281–326). Springer-Verlag New York.

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