Jan. 12, 2016
he pollen monitoring season may came to a end on the 31st December 2015 but since then I have been sifting through the data and begin to discover new insights into how pollen impacts on different parts of the population in our region. In 2015 the CanberraPollen project introduced an extended survey option to the mobile app that included questions about participants work area, age and gender. The results are now in and there are some interesting patterns in the data that we report here. Overall the response to our survey has been excellent with around 4000 people filling in the new survey questions out of a total of 11000 people who have downloaded the app. This represents a significant portion of the ACT population (>1% engage with the survey) with the app downloads and information reaching around 3% of the total population.
What did the survey tell us? The graphs below show the average symptom score response derived from the 4000 participants (ranging from 1-5 with 1= none and 5= severe) in three selected areas of interest: Occupation, Gender and Age. They also show the % of participants using some form of medical intervention to treat their hay fever symptoms during the season.
These results can be summarized as follows for gender and age (Figure 1):
Figure 1: Gender and Age versus Average Daily Symptom Score (including standard error). The percentage of participants using some form of medical intervention to treat their hay fever symptoms during the season appears above each histogram.
The results for the Occupation category can be summarized as follows (Figure 2):
Figure 2: Occupation versus Average Daily Symptom Score (including standard error).