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Workplace spirometry monitoring for respiratory disease prevention: a methods review.

Authors
Hnizdo-E; Glindmeyer-HW; Petsonk-EL
Source
Int J Tuberc Lung Dis 2010 Jul; 14(7):796-805
NIOSHTIC No.
20037033
Abstract
This report reviews methods applicable in workplace spirometry monitoring for the identifi cation of individuals with excessive lung function decline. Specifi c issues addressed include 1) maintaining longitudinal spirometry data precision at an acceptable level so that declines due to adverse physiological processes in the lung can be readily detected in an individual; 2) applying interpretative strategies that have a high likelihood of identifying workers at risk of developing lung function impairment; and 3) enhancing effectiveness of spirometry monitoring for intervention and disease prevention. Applications in ongoing computerized spirometry monitoring programs are described that demonstrate approaches to improving spirometry data precision and quality, and facilitating informed decision-making on disease prevention.
Keywords
Air-quality; Air-quality-control; Exposure-assessment; Exposure-levels; Exposure-methods; Occupational-diseases; Occupational-exposure; Occupational-hazards; Occupational-health; Occupational-respiratory-disease; Pulmonary-clearance; Pulmonary-disorders; Pulmonary-function; Pulmonary-function-tests; Pulmonary-system; Pulmonary-system-disorders; Qualitative-analysis; Respiratory-hypersensitivity; Respiratory-irritants; Spirometry; Work-environment; Worker-health; Workplace-studies; Work-practices; Surveillance; Author Keywords: spirometry; spirometry monitoring; periodic spirometry; chronic obstructive pulmonary disease; medical screening
Contact
Eva Hnizdo, Division of Respiratory Disease Studies, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, 1095 Willowdale Road, Morgantown, WV 26505
CODEN
IJTDFO
Publication Date
20100701
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
ehnizdo@cdc.gov
Fiscal Year
2010
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Issue of Publication
7
ISSN
1027-3719
NIOSH Division
DRDS
Source Name
International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease
State
WV
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