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Workplace exacerbation of asthma symptoms: findings from a population-based study in Maine.

Authors
Henneberger-PK; Deprez-RD; Asdigian-N; Oliver-LC; Derk-S; Goe-SK
Source
Arch Environ Health 2003 Dec; 58(12):781-788
NIOSHTIC No.
20026619
Abstract
In this population-based study of asthma in the State of Maine, the authors investigated how often asthma symptoms were exacerbated in the workplace. Participants from 5 hospital service areas in Maine completed a telephone questionnaire. Of 474 adult participants (18-65 yr of age) employed during the preceding year and for whom information on occupation and industry was available, 64 (13.5%) were identified with current asthma, including 28 (5.9%) with current physician-diagnosed asthma and 36 (7.6%) who met criteria for symptoms consistent with asthma. Jobs were identified a priori as "high-risk" or "low-risk" for asthma. Of the 64 asthma cases, 16 (25%) reported that their coughing or wheezing worsened at work. Among the symptom-based cases, the percentage with workplace exacerbation of asthma was elevated for high-risk jobs (7/14 = 50%) vs. low-risk jobs (3/22 = 13.6%) (p = 0.03). No similar elevation was observed for individuals with current physician-diagnosed asthma, which might have resulted, in part, from a healthy worker effect.
Keywords
Workers; Worker-health; Work-environment; Bronchial-asthma; Demographic-characteristics; Questionnaires; Age-factors; Risk-factors; Risk-analysis; Occupational-exposure; Occupational-health
CODEN
AEHLAU
Publication Date
20031201
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
pkh0@cdc.gov
Fiscal Year
2004
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Issue of Publication
12
ISSN
0003-9896
NIOSH Division
DRDS
Source Name
Archives of Environmental Health
State
WV
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