Rationale: Approximately 40% of people worldwide are exposed to household air pollution (HAP) from the burning of biomass fuels. Previous efforts to document health benefits of HAP mitigation have been stymied by an inability to lower emissions to target levels. Objectives: We sought to determine if a household air pollution intervention with liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) improved cardiopulmonary health outcomes in adult women living in a resource-poor setting in Peru. Methods: We conducted a randomized controlled field trial in 180 women aged 25–64 years living in rural Puno, Peru. Intervention women received an LPG stove, continuous fuel delivery for 1 year, education, and behavioral messaging, whereas control women were asked to continue their usual cooking practices. We assessed for stove use adherence using temperature loggers installed in both LPG and biomass stoves of intervention households. Measurements and Main Results: We measured blood pressure, peak expiratory flow (PEF), and respiratory symptoms using the St. George’s Respiratory Questionnaire at baseline and at 3–4 visits after randomization. Intervention women used their LPG stove exclusively for 98% of days. We did not find differences in average postrandomization systolic blood pressure (intervention – control 0.7 mm Hg; 95% confidence interval, 22.1 to 3.4), diastolic blood pressure (0.3 mm Hg; 21.5 to 2.0), prebronchodilator peak expiratory flow/height2 (0.14 L/s/m2; 20.02 to 0.29), postbronchodilator peak expiratory flow/height2 (0.11 L/s/m2; 20.05 to 0.27), or St. George’s Respiratory Questionnaire total score (21.4; 23.9 to 1.2) over 1 year in intention-to-treat analysis. There were no reported harms related to the intervention. Conclusions: We did not find evidence of a difference in blood pressure, lung function, or respiratory symptoms during the year-long intervention with LPG.
|Number of pages||12|
|Journal||American journal of respiratory and critical care medicine|
|State||Published - Jun 1 2021|
- Blood pressure
- Household air pollution
- Lung function
- Respiratory symptoms