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Incidence of work-related asthma in members of a health maintenance organization.

Authors
Vollmer-WM; Heumann-MA; Breen-VR; Henneberger-PK; O'Connor-EA; Villnave-JM; Frazier-EA; Buist-AS
Source
J Occup Environ Med 2005 Dec; 47(12):1292-1297
NIOSHTIC No.
20029029
Abstract
Objective: The objective of this study was to evaluate work-related asthma among health maintenance organization (HMO) members. Recent reports suggest that the incidence of work-related asthma may be much higher than Sentinel Event Notification Systems for Occupational Risks (SENSOR) data estimate. Methods: Using the HMO's electronic medical record, we identified 1747 persons with evidence of new or recurrent asthma. Interviews with 352 of them elicited information about workplace exposures, symptoms, and home environment. Industrial hygienists rated the potential asthmagenicity of the respondents' work environments. Results: Based on the industrial hygienist ratings and self-reported work-relatedness of asthma symptoms, we classified 33% of those interviewed as having potentially work-related asthma, suggesting an overall work-related asthma incidence/recurrence rate of 28 cases per 10,000. Conclusions: The contribution of occupation to the occurrence of adult onset asthma may be much higher than typically suggested in the literature.
Keywords
Occupational-health; Surveillance-programs; Health-care; Disease-control; Occupational-diseases; Pulmonary-system-disorders; Respiratory-system-disorders; Humans; Statistical-analysis; Epidemiology; Bronchial-asthma
Contact
William M. Vollmer, PhD, Center for Health Research, 3800 N. Interstate Ave, Portland, OR 97227-1110
CODEN
JOEMFM
Publication Date
20051201
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
william.vollmer@kpchr.org
Funding Amount
130000
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
2006
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-916057
Issue of Publication
12
ISSN
1076-2752
NIOSH Division
DRDS
Priority Area
Disease and Injury; Asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
Source Name
Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
State
OR; WV
Performing Organization
Kaiser Foundation Research Institute
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