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Coal workers' respiratory disease program evaluation.

Authors
Ashizawa-AE
Source
School of Hygiene and Public Health, The John Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, 1987 Nov; :1-4
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
00182773
Abstract
A study was conducted to determine whether treatment in the Pennsylvania Coal Workers' Respiratory Disease program reduced morbidity as measured by the numbers of days of respiratory illness hospitalization, and to determine whether the program benefit in dollars exceeded its cost if the treatment did decrease morbidity. A group of 55 treated white males and 55 nontreated white male miners were selected from a cohort of 700. The hospital records for these 110 miners were reviewed at about 30 hospitals throughout the state of Pennsylvania and the data on length, frequency, and diagnoses for respiratory hospital days were taken from the records and entered into a computerized data base. Preliminary analyses suggested a statistically significant improvement in pulmonary function following hospital stays of more than 7 days. Further analyses will determine whether treatment was positively or negatively associated with respiratory hospital days. If such an association on the positive side is demonstrated to be significant, then the case for continuation of these treatment programs would be greatly strengthened.
Keywords
NIOSH-Grant; Coal-miners; Pulmonary-system-disorders; Pulmonary-disorders; Medical-treatment
Contact
Environmental Health Sciences Johns Hopkins University 615 North Wolfe Street Baltimore, MD 21205
Publication Date
19871101
Document Type
Final Grant Report
Funding Amount
24675
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
1988
NTIS Accession No.
PB89-129936
NTIS Price
A01
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-R03-OH-02189
NIOSH Division
OEP
Priority Area
Pulmonary-system-disorders
Source Name
School of Hygiene and Public Health, The John Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland
State
PA; MD
Performing Organization
Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland
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