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Erschienen in: Wiener klinische Wochenschrift 1-2/2017

01.01.2017 | short report

The medical and scientific responsibility of pollen information services

verfasst von: Katharina Bastl, Markus Berger, Karl-Christian Bergmann, Maximilian Kmenta, Uwe Berger

Erschienen in: Wiener klinische Wochenschrift | Ausgabe 1-2/2017

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Summary

Pollen information as such is highly valuable and was considered so far as a self-evident good free for the public. The foundation for reliable and serious pollen information is the careful, scientific evaluation of pollen content in the air. However, it is essential to state and define now the requirements for pollen data and qualifications needed for institutions working with pollen data in the light of technical developments such as automated pollen counting and various political interests in aerobiology including attempts to finally acknowledge pollen and spores as relevant biological particles in the air worth being considered for pollution and health directives. It has to be emphasized that inadequate pollen forecasts are a considerable health risk for pollen allergy sufferers. Therefore, the responsibility of institutions involved in pollen monitoring and forecasting is high and should be substantiated with respective qualifications and know-how. We suggest here for the first time a portfolio of quality criteria and demand rigorous scientific monitoring and certification of such institutions in the interest and for the protection of persons affected by a pollen allergy.
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Metadaten
Titel
The medical and scientific responsibility of pollen information services
verfasst von
Katharina Bastl
Markus Berger
Karl-Christian Bergmann
Maximilian Kmenta
Uwe Berger
Publikationsdatum
01.01.2017
Verlag
Springer Vienna
Erschienen in
Wiener klinische Wochenschrift / Ausgabe 1-2/2017
Print ISSN: 0043-5325
Elektronische ISSN: 1613-7671
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s00508-016-1097-3