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Work-related exacerbation of asthma.

Authors
Henneberger-PK; Hoffman-CD; Magid-DJ; Lyons-EE
Source
Int J Occup Environ Health 2002 Oct-Dec; 8(4):291-296
NIOSHTIC No.
20022951
Abstract
Adults with asthma who had been enrolled in an HMO for at least a year were requested to complete a questionnaire about their health status. Approximately 25% of the 1,461 participants responded positively to "Does your current work environment make your asthma worse?" and were classified as having workplace exacerbation of asthma. Those with workplace exacerbation were more likely to have never attended college, be current or former smokers, have a history of other respiratory diseases, have missed work or usual activities at least one day in the past for weeks, and report their asthma was moderate, severe, or very severe. Percentages with workplace exacerbation of asthma were highest for mining and construction (36%), wholesale and retail trade (33%), and public administration (33%), and lowest for educational services (22%), finance, insurance, and real estate (22%), and non-medical and non-educational services (18%). Future studies are needed for objective validation of self-reported workplace exacerbation, and to follow subjects prospectively to clarify the temporal sequence of workplace exacerbation and asthma severity, and how other respiratory conditions and smoking might contribute to work-related worsening of asthma.
Keywords
Respiratory-system-disorders; Smoking; Lung-disease; Construction-workers; Mine-workers; Agricultural-workers; Fishing-industry; Bronchial-asthma; Pulmonary-system-disorders
Contact
Division of Respiratory Disease Studies, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1095 Willowdale Road, Morgantown, West Virginia 26505
CODEN
IOEHFU
Publication Date
20021001
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
pkh0@cdc.gov
Fiscal Year
2003
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Issue of Publication
4
ISSN
1077-3525
NIOSH Division
DRDS
Priority Area
Disease and Injury: Asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
SIC Code
NAICS-1141
Source Name
International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health
State
CO; WV
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