WP2 - Review of the evidence

Work package leaders: Anna Hansell and Lars Jarup, Imperial College London (United Kingdom).

  • Comenius University Bratislava (Slovakia)
  • European Commission, Directorate General Joint Research Centre (Italy)
  • Federal Environment Agency (Germany)
  • Medical University of Innsbruck (Austria)
  • Nederlandse Organisatie voor Toegepast-natuurwetenschappelijk Onderzoek (Netherlands)
  • Queen Mary University of London (United Kingdom)
  • Republic Institute for Health Protection (Macedonia)
  • Stockholm University (Sweden)
  • World Health Organization Bonn Office (Germany)



The aims of this work package are

  • To hold a workshop to bring together experts on non-auditory health effects
  • To review the literature on noise exposure and non-auditory health effects
  • To review the literature on air pollution and health effects which may be relevant for associated noise exposure
  • To identify and highlight the gaps in current knowledge


The literature review will ensure that new studies, not included in previous reviews, are included in the assessment to achieve an up-to-date overall assessment of health, psychosocial and cognitive effects associated with noise exposure. Apart from previously included health effects such as hypertension and cardiovascular disease, the review will also evaluate new health outcomes that have not been assessed in previous reviews, such as respiratory disease (asthma, chronic bronchitis), diabetes mellitus, and health status. Key additional features of the review will be:

(i) Assessment of environmental co-stressors (e.g. air pollution or vibration)
(ii) Assessment of interventions (e.g., room orientation, sound insulation and shielding)
(iii) Assessment of effect modifiers (e.g., personality factors, co-morbidities)
(iv) Distinguishing effects of various noise sources (aircraft, road traffic, train, speech)

This work package will allow us to identify gaps in the current knowledge informing the assessment of noise exposure (work package 3), moderating factors (work package 4) and health outcomes (work package 5), which will then lead to proposals of areas where new research is needed - which will be determined in work package 6.


Hosting of workshop on the evidence of noise-related health effects (month 1)
Hosting follow-up workshop on the evidence of noise-related health effects (month 10)


A comprehensive workshop report on the evidence of noise-related health effects (workshop report WP2b)

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