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Epidemiology and surveillance.

Authors
Becklake-MR
Source
Chest 1990 Nov; 98(5):165-172
NIOSHTIC No.
00196526
Abstract
Various proposed definitions of occupational asthma are presented. Each includes a definition for asthma and a characterization of its relation to the workplace. Features used to establish the clinical diagnosis of occupational asthma are also defined; these include the presence of air flow limitation, hyperresponsiveness of airways, potential for or presence of atopy, work relatedness of air flow limitation, and sensitization to a specific agent. Methodologic issues in epidemiologic studies of asthma are discussed, including the approach, outcome measurements, exposure measurements, and target populations. The epidemiology of environmental and occupational asthma was briefly reviewed. The topics discussed included estimates of prevalence, distribution and determinants in work force based studies, and wheezing and occupational exposure in community based studies. Screening and surveillance and future initiatives for occupational asthma are also discussed.
Keywords
NIOSH-Publication; Worker-health; Respiratory-system-disorders; Occupational-health-programs; Lung-irritants; Lung-function; Pulmonary-function-tests
CODEN
CHETBF
Publication Date
19901101
Document Type
Journal Article
Fiscal Year
1991
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Issue of Publication
5
ISSN
0012-3692
Priority Area
Respiratory-system-disorders
Source Name
Chest
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