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Understanding indoor air quality: A guide for primary care nurses

Heather Henry looks at the impact of air pollution in the home

When we think about air quality and its contribution to health, we usually think about the outside air pollution. This article focuses on the impact of indoor air quality on health and what primary and community nurses need to know so that they can advise their patients appropriately.

Bad air quality refers to any condition that impacts health such as temperature, visibility and smell. Air pollution, on the other hand, is the presence in air of substances that are harmful to people or other living organisms due to human activity.1

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