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Occupational health of Southeast Asian immigrants in a US city: a comparison of data sources.

Authors
Azaroff-LS; Levenstein-C; Wegman-DH
Source
Am J Publ Health 2003 Apr; 93(4):593-598
NIOSHTIC No.
20024359
Abstract
This study sought to characterize occupational injury and illness cases identified through 3 different sources of data on a population of immigrant workers. Participants were Cambodian and Lao workers living in Lowell, Mass. A household survey allowed comparisons between characteristics of work-related cases documented in workers' compensation wage replacement records and hospital records and characteristics of self-reported cases. The household survey captured types of cases missing from existing data, particularly illnesses self-reported to be associated with chemical exposures. Injuries and illnesses affecting the study population appeared to be significantly underrepresented in workers' compensation wage replacement data. Community-based methods can supplement available occupational health data sources.
Keywords
Occupational-health; Occupational-hazards; Health-care; Health-hazards; Work-environment; Safety-measures; Injuries; Occupational-exposure; Racial-factors
CODEN
AJHEAA
Publication Date
20030401
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
lenore_azaroff@uml.edu
Funding Amount
108000
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
2003
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-K01-OH-000178
Issue of Publication
4
ISSN
0090-0036
Source Name
American Journal of Public Health
State
MA
Performing Organization
University of Lowell Research Foundation, Lowell, Massachusetts
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