Coal workers' respiratory disease program evaluation.
School of Hygiene and Public Health, The John Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, 1987 Nov; :1-4
A study was conducted to determine whether treatment in the Pennsylvania Coal Workers' Respiratory Disease program reduced morbidity as measured by the numbers of days of respiratory illness hospitalization, and to determine whether the program benefit in dollars exceeded its cost if the treatment did decrease morbidity. A group of 55 treated white males and 55 nontreated white male miners were selected from a cohort of 700. The hospital records for these 110 miners were reviewed at about 30 hospitals throughout the state of Pennsylvania and the data on length, frequency, and diagnoses for respiratory hospital days were taken from the records and entered into a computerized data base. Preliminary analyses suggested a statistically significant improvement in pulmonary function following hospital stays of more than 7 days. Further analyses will determine whether treatment was positively or negatively associated with respiratory hospital days. If such an association on the positive side is demonstrated to be significant, then the case for continuation of these treatment programs would be greatly strengthened.
NIOSH-Grant; Coal-miners; Pulmonary-system-disorders; Pulmonary-disorders; Medical-treatment
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