Environmental House Calls

<em>As a key component of the Hoffman TILT project, our certified indoor air quality team conducts home assessments for local study participants.</em>

The house calls include indoor air quality assessments to measure levels of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), mold, allergens, particulates as well as temperature and humidity.

Participants in the study will receive a series of home visits, including an initial assessment, a visit to share results and help them develop an action plan. The final visit will determine whether indoor air quality has improved and triggers have been reduced.

Biological Testing

We are using biological testing to investigate genetic and other TILT-susceptibility markers.

Why Is This Research Necessary?

We have identified TILT in up to 20 percent of the patients in our clinics. Pregnant women, children, the elderly, those with chronic disease and/or chemical intolerance are among the most susceptible populations.

Few doctors, nurses, or respiratory therapists have received training on recognizing the impact of environmental exposures on health. Consequently, patients are not being questioned about their air quality at home or work.

Through presentations and peer-reviewed publications, we will share what we learn during this study to teach health care professionals who encounter TILTed patients. Our ultimate goal is that people with TILT have access to healthcare specific to their needs.