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Population-based occupational cancer incidence surveillance. Utilization of the telephone interview.

Authors
Swanson-GM; Schwartz-AG; Brown-KL
Source
J Occup Med 1985 Jun; 27(6):439-444
NIOSHTIC No.
00146968
Abstract
The effectiveness of the telephone interview as a method for collecting information for occupational cancer surveillance was evaluated. A 10 minute telephone interview method was developed to collect occupational histories, smoking histories, and other related data such as residential history, marital status, age, ethnic background, education, and gender. The study focused on cancers of the lung and bronchus, colon, esophagus, and urinary bladder newly diagnosed among persons between the ages of 40 and 84 years. No rapid reporting was performed; patients were identified as case information and appeared on the computer data base during a 4 month period. There was also an average 3 week lag between abstracting information from the patients and entry of the information into the data system. Patients, physicians, and relatives sometimes would not or could not supply information. Accurate, detailed responses were given to occupational questions, while information on smoking histories and educational status could not always be accurately supplied. Answers to race, sex, and marital status were usually accurate. For some of the cancers, more information was obtained from the relative than from the actual patient in several cases. The authors conclude that it is important to obtain information from the patient rather than substitute respondents and that rapid reporting is needed for identifying all study subjects.
Keywords
JOCMA7; NIOSH-Publication; NIOSH-Grant; Occupational-hazards; Carcinogenesis; Health-surveys; Sex-factors; Age-factors; Work-capacity; Case-studies; Racial-factors; Physiological-measurements; Clinical-diagnosis; Medical-research
Contact
Epdiemiology Michigan Cancer Foundation 110 East Warren Avenue Detroit, Mich 48201
CODEN
JOCMA7
Publication Date
19850601
Document Type
Journal Article
Funding Amount
1233788.00
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
1985
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-R01-OH-02067
Issue of Publication
6
ISSN
0096-1736
Source Name
Journal of Occupational Medicine
State
MI
Performing Organization
Michigan Cancer Foundation, Detroit, Michigan
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