Table 2

 Health and economic outcome measures

OutcomeInstrumentMode of collectionRespondents
*Interviews conducted in respondents’ houses by community nurses trained in the use of the instruments.
†Residents reporting specific health conditions (respiratory illness (asthma, bronchitis or other), arthritis and rheumatism) identified by postal questionnaire 4–5 months before interviews conducted. This questionnaire also collected information on household size, employment, heating and cooking methods, smoking habits, and pet ownership. It was completed by one adult member of each household.
A&E, accident and emergency department; FEV1, forced expiratory volume in one second; FVC, forced vital capacity; GHQ12, 12 item general health questionnaire; GP, general practitioner; SF36, 36 item short form health survey.
General healthSF36Self completion during interview*All adults
GHQ12
Respiratory healthAsthma symptom questionnaire (symptoms over preceding month)Completed during interview*Adults and children reporting respiratory illness†
    Symptoms3 day diariesSelf completion (parents and children)Children reporting respiratory illness (asthma)†
 (a) smiley faces age <6
 (b) bother profile age 6–17
    Lung function
    PEFRPeak flow meterDuring interview*Children reporting respiratory illness age 6–17†
    FEV1/FVCSpirometerDuring interview*Adults reporting respiratory illness†
    MedicationProformaCompleted by nurse during interview*Adults and children reporting respiratory illness†
Musculoskeletal health
    SymptomsAIMS questionnaire (symptoms over preceding month)Completed during interview*Adults reporting arthritis or rheumatism†
    MedicationProformaCompleted by nurse during interview*Adults reporting arthritis or rheumatism†
Health service contacts
    Primary care consultationsGP recordsRetrospective record reviewAll adults and children
    A&E attendancesA&E records
Hospital admissionsHospital records
Time lost from school because of asthmaQuestionnaireCompleted by nurse during interview*School age children reporting respiratory illness†
Interventions to houses and improvement costsQuestionnaireCollected by nurse at interview*All houses
Torbay Council recordsRetrospective record review