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Jakob Löndahl

Jakob Löndahl

Associate Professor / Senior Lecturer

Jakob Löndahl

Outdoor air pollution from industrial chemicals causing new onset of asthma or COPD : a systematic review protocol


  • Harald Lux
  • Xaver Baur
  • Lygia Therese Budnik
  • Astrid Heutelbeck
  • João Paulo Teixeira
  • Emeri Neumann
  • Diana Adliene
  • Judita Puišo
  • David Lucas
  • Jakob Löndahl
  • Athanasios Damialis
  • Ozlem Goksel
  • Hans Orru

Summary, in English

Background: Until today, industrial sources contribute to the multifaceted contamination of environmental air. Exposure to air pollutants has the potential to initiate and promote asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). At global scale, both entities cause the majority of about 4 million annual deaths by respiratory disease. However, we identified industrial contamination as a subgroup of air pollution that may be associated with this burden and is underinvestigated in research. Therefore, the aim of this study is to investigate associations between substances industrially released into environmental air and the occurrence of asthma and COPD in the human population. Here we present the protocol for our systematic review of the current evidence. Methods: The following determinations will be applied during the systematic review process and are specified in the protocol that complies with the PRISMA-P statement. Populations of children and adults, as well as outdoor workers, exposed to industrially released air pollutants are of interest. Eligible studies may include subjects as controls who are non- or less exposed to the investigated air pollutants. The outcomes new-onset asthma and/or COPD investigated with risk ratio, odds ratio, hazard ratio, incidence rate ratio, cumulative incidence, and incidence rate are eligible. We will search the electronic literature databases EMBASE, MEDLINE, and Web of Science for peer-reviewed reports of incidence studies and incidence case-control studies. After systematic sorting of initial records, included studies will be subjected to quality assessment. Data will be synthesized qualitatively and, if appropriate, quantitatively for risk ratio and odds ratio. We will maintain and provide a PRISMA report. Discussion: Results of this systematic review may indicate alterations of incidence and risk of asthma and/or COPD in populations within industrial exposure radiuses including outdoor workplaces. Specific causal substances and compositions will be identified, but results will depend on the exposure assessment of the eligible studies. Our approach covers effects of industrial contributions to overall air pollution if studies reportedly attribute investigated emissions to industry. Results of this study may raise the question wether the available higher-level evidence sufficiently covers the current scale of industrial exposure scenarios and their potential harm to respiratory health. Trial registration: This protocol was registered in PROSPERO, registration number CRD42020151573.


  • Ergonomics and Aerosol Technology
  • NanoLund: Center for Nanoscience

Publishing year





Journal of Occupational Medicine and Toxicology





Document type

Journal article


BioMed Central (BMC)


  • Environmental Health and Occupational Health
  • Respiratory Medicine and Allergy


  • Air pollution
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • Inhaled particles
  • Occupational exposure
  • Outdoor exposure
  • Respiratory disease
  • Systematic literature review




  • ISSN: 1745-6673