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Work-related asthma among health care workers: surveillance data from California, Massachusetts, Michigan, and New Jersey, 1993-1997.

Authors
Pechter-E; Davis-LK; Tumpowsky-C; Flattery-J; Harrison-R; Reinisch-F; Reilly-MJ; Rosenman-KD; Schill-DP; Valiante-D; Filios-M
Source
Am J Ind Med 2005 Mar; 47(3):265-275
NIOSHTIC No.
20026270
Abstract
Background: Asthma morbidity has increased, posing a public health burden. Work-related asthma (WRA) accounts for a significant proportion of adult asthma that causes serious personal and economic consequences. Methods: Cases were identified using physician reports and hospital discharge data, as part of four state-based surveillance systems. We used structured interviews to confirm cases and identify occupations and exposures associated with WRA. Results: Health care workers (HCWs) accounted for 16% (n = 305) of the 1,879 confirmed WRA cases, but only 8% of the states' workforce. Cases primarily were employed in hospitals and were nurses. The most commonly reported exposures were cleaning products, latex, and poor air quality. Conclusions: Health care workers are at risk for work-related asthma. Health care providers need to recognize this risk of WRA, as early diagnosis will decrease the morbidity associated with WRA. Careful product purchasing and facility maintenance by health care institutions will decrease the risk.
Keywords
Health-care-facilities; Health-care-personnel; Health-care; Pulmonary-system-disorders; Pulmonary-function; Respiratory-system-disorders; Lung-function; Bronchial-asthma; Epidemiology; Humans; Statistical-analysis; Surveillance-programs
Contact
Elise Pechter, Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Occupational Health Surveillance Program, 6th Floor, 250 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02108
CODEN
AJIMD8
Publication Date
20050301
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
Elise.Pechter@state.ma.us
Funding Amount
231183
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
2005
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-103010; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-OH-008466; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-OH-008468; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-OH-008338; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-208160
Issue of Publication
3
ISSN
0271-3586
NIOSH Division
DRDS
Source Name
American Journal of Industrial Medicine
State
WV; CA; MA; MI; NJ
Performing Organization
Massachusetts Department of Public Health
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