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Feasibility Study for an Occupational Cancer Data Base.
Cancer Surveillance Section, California Department of Health Services, Emeryville, California 1990 Jan:46 pages
A group of 208 cancer patients, at least 25 years old, in four test hospitals participated in a pilot study of a method to gather data concerning occupational, industrial exposure, and smoking history. Usual occupation and industry, and smoking habit information was obtained from the patients. The usual occupation and industry was compared with longest held occupation and industry calculated from a chronological job history. Allowing for the use of different terms to describe the same job, the validity was 86%. Two thirds of patients medical charts had some occupation and industry data, with both noted on 43%. In order to interview 85 patients by telephone and administer a questionnaire that induced a chronological job history, a total of 25 hours was required. The author concludes that obtaining a chronological job history for each patient would be too time consuming and too costly. It is also noted that the job information provided on patients' medical charts is inadequate. However, asking every patient two standardized questions on the usual occupation and usual industry is neither difficult nor time consuming.
NIOSH-Grant; Cancer; Cancer-rates; Mortality-data; Health-hazards; Carcinogenesis; Data-processing; Information-processing; Occupational-exposure;
Health Services Dept of Health Svcs, Suite 200 5850 Shellmound St Emeryville, CA 94608
Final Grant Report;
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Cancer Surveillance Section, California Department of Health Services, Emeryville, California
Northern California Cancer Center, Belmont, California
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