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American College of Chest Physicians issues consensus statement on diagnosing and treating work-related asthma.

Authors
Pechter-E
Source
SENSOR Occup Lung Dis Bull 2008 Dec; :1-2
NIOSHTIC No.
20042634
Abstract
This issue of the Occupational Lung Disease Bulletin provides a summary of the recently published consensus statement on work-related asthma (WRA) by the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP). The statement was published as a supplement to the September 2008 issue of CHEST. Physicians should ask all adults with new onset or worsening asthma about their work, according to a recent publication by the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP). ACCP convened an expert panel, including 17 occupational medicine physicians, allergists, and pulmonologists. After a rigorous review of evidence based practice, they issued a consensus statement in September 2008, noting that up to 25% of adult asthmatic patients may have work-related asthma. It is estimated that 10-15% of new onset adult asthma is initiated by workplace exposures - and another 10% of adults with pre-existing asthma have work-aggravated asthma. They noted that adults may develop asthma from sensitizers and irritants, naming this de novo asthma occupational asthma (OA).
Keywords
Occupational-health; Work-environment; Workers; Occupational-exposure; Respiratory-system-disorders; Pulmonary-system-disorders; Bronchial-asthma; Surveillance-programs; Health-hazards; Worker-health; Occupational-diseases; Health-care; Disease-prevention; Physicians; Medical-monitoring; Medical-personnel; Medical-screening; Occupational-medicine; Occupational-respiratory-disease; Age-factors; Employee-exposure; Health-surveys; Sensitization
Contact
Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Occupational Health Surveillance Program, 250 Washington Street, 6th Floor, Boston, MA 02108
Publication Date
20081201
Document Type
Other
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
2009
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-OH-008490
Priority Area
Healthcare and Social Assistance
Source Name
SENSOR Occupational Lung Disease Bulletin
State
MA; CA; CO; NY; OH; FL; MN; CT; IL
Performing Organization
Massachusetts State Department of Public Health
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