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Re: Response to: Mortality among rubber chemical manufacturing workers by M.M. Prince et al. Am. J. Ind. Med 37:590-598. I. Reply to Valentgas et al.'s letter to the editor.

Authors
Prince-M; Ward-E; Ruder-A; Salvan-A; Roberts-D
Source
Am J Ind Med 2001 Oct; 40(4):395-396
NIOSHTIC No.
20021843
Abstract
We appreciate the opportunity to respond to comments by Valentgas and colleagues regarding our report examining mortality among rubber chemical manufacturing workers [Prince et al., 2000]. Following are our responses to their comments, focusing on the authors' main points: The article should emphasize results of county mortality rate comparisons. Standard epidemiologic methods for comparing rates of mortality in occupational cohorts were used in this study. The analyses using U.S. referent rates are important in view of the fact that the ``healthy worker effect'' (HWE) for ischemic heart disease (IHD) has often been observed in occupational cohort analyses using U.S. referent rates [Sterling and Weinkam, 1986]. Since there is no ideal referent population in this study, data from local (county) and U.S. rates were presented in conjunction with the internal plant comparison and limitations of each approach were discussed in detail.
Keywords
Mortality-rates; Mortality-data; Rubber-workers; Rubber-manufacturing-industry; Workers; Occupational-hazards; Epidemiology; Worker-health
Contact
NIOSH, 4676 Columbia Parkway, Mailstop R-16, Cincinnati, Ohio 45226
CODEN
AJIMD8
Publication Date
20011001
Document Type
Other
Fiscal Year
2002
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Issue of Publication
4
ISSN
0271-3586
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
Source Name
American Journal of Industrial Medicine
State
OH
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