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Occupational Asthma Surveillance Project.

Authors
Vollmer-WM; Heumann-M; O'Connor-E; Breen-VR; Villnave-J; Frazier-EA; Buist-AS
Source
NIOSH 2001 Dec :1-70
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
20022289
Abstract
As part of a National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health-funded study of the incidence of occupation asthma, the electronic databases of a large health maintenance organization were used to develop a computerized algorithm for defining prevalent asthma. The predictive values of eight distinct utilization profiles were validated by chart review to establish the final algorithm. Using a 12-month window for analysis, we estimated a prevalence of 4.1 % among members aged 15-55, with the pharmacy and outpatient care databases accounting for 61 % and 66% of this total, respectively. By extending the search of the outpatient care database, the estimated prevalence increased to 5.3%, with 81 % of these accounted for by the outpatient care database. This analysis illustrates that electronic clinical information systems that provide disease-specific diagnostic Data for outpatient visits, coupled with electronic pharmacy records, provide a powerful and accurate tool to study asthma-related health care utilization and for population-based disease management.
Keywords
Occupational-health; Surveillance-programs; Health-care; Disease-control; Occupational-diseases; Pulmonary-system-disorders; Respiratory-system-disorders
Contact
William M. Vollmer, PhD, Center for Health Research, 3800 N. Interstate Ave, Portland, OR 97227-1110
Publication Date
20011201
Document Type
Final Cooperative Agreement Report
Email Address
william.vollmer@kpchr.org
Funding Amount
130000
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
2002
NTIS Accession No.
PB2003-102828
NTIS Price
A04
Identifying No.
Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-916057
Priority Area
Disease and Injury; Asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
OR
Performing Organization
Kaiser Foundation Research Institute
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