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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-85-452-1698, AT and T, Southern Bell and United Telephone, North Carolina.

Schnorr TM; Thun MJ; Halperin WE
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, HETA 85-452-1698, 1986 May; :1-13
A request was made by the Communication Workers of America to investigate an excessively high frequency of reported chest pain among its members at AT and T, Southern Bell, and United Telephone (SIC-4811) in North Carolina. Data collected by an earlier questionnaire survey intended to evaluate stress among video display terminal (VDT) users were reanalyzed. Of 2,478 persons originally mailed the questionnaire, 839 had responded to the questions regarding VDT use and chest pain; of these, 78 reported anginal pain as defined by the Rose criteria. The frequency of chest pain increased both with increasing amount of time spent on the job at a video display terminal (VDT) and with decreasing job control. Two major limitations of the survey restrict its usefulness in the interpretation of chest pain and associated conditions, specifically anginal pain with VDT use or low job control. First, the response rate was less than 35% and bias must be a serious concern. Secondly, it was not clear that the questionnaire measured anginal pain. The pain could have been gastrointestinal or musculoskeletal in nature. The authors recommend that additional studies be made and that if the association with chest pain and VDT use or job control is identifiable, follow up medical examinations should be conducted. Workers who, in this study, reported chest pain should be individually notified of the results of the survey and possible implications of the findings be made clear.
NIOSH-Author; HETA-85-452-1698; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; Hazard-Confirmed; Region-4; Cardiology; Cardiac-function; Job-stress; Author Keywords: Scheduled Air Transportation; Video Display Terminals; Chest Pain; Angina; Musculoskeletal; Gastrointestinal; Coronary Artery Disease; Rose Questionnaire
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