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The relationship between pulmonary function and mortality in men seeking compensation for asbestosis.
Proceedings of the VIIth International Pneumoconioses Conference, August 23-26, 1988, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. Atlanta, GA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 90-108, 1990 Sep; (Part I):393-395
An investigation was conducted to demonstrate that the results of pulmonary function testing are also predictive of the risk of death from asbestos (1332214) associated diseases. Subjects evaluated included 161 men who had been examined by the physicians of the Advisory Panel to the Ontario Workers' Compensation Board between 1962 through 1978. Eighty eight (55%) of the subjects were awarded a disability pension for asbestosis at the time of the index examination. Thirty three (20%) were awarded a pension at subsequent examination and 40 (25%) had not been awarded a disability pension to this date. The analysis demonstrated that the results of pulmonary function testing were predictive of mortality risk. Mortality risk was noted to be strongly associated with reductions in forced vital capacity and forced expiratory volume at 1 second and regression equations fitted to the data. The author concludes that these risk coefficients were derived from relatively small numbers of men and need to be replicated in other groups of asbestos exposed workers before the quantitative result can be generalized.
Epidemiology; Asbestos workers; Asbestos dust; Dust inhalation; Respiratory system disorders; Pulmonary function tests; Risk factors; Mortality surveys; Mortality data; Risk analysis
DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 90-108
Proceedings of the VIIth International Pneumoconioses Conference, August 23-26, 1988, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
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