Lung diseases among carpenters.
Dement JM; Lipscomb HJ
Department of Community and Family Medicine, Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Department of Community and Family Medicine, Duke University of Medicine, Epidemiology, Durham, North Carolina 1996 May; :1-98
Existing data sources, including health insurance claims and worker's compensation claims, were integrated to develop a more comprehensive data system for the study of respiratory disorders of possible occupational origin among members of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners. The study cohort included 10,938 active union carpenters who had worked at least 3 months of union hours between 1989 and 1992 in Washington. Bronchitis accounted for over 50% of the lung disease cases among this cohort, occurring at a rate of 1.8 per 1,000 months of insurance eligibility, followed by asthma, chronic obstructive airway disease, and chronic bronchitis. Carpenters associated with a local whose predominant task was residential carpentry had the highest crude rates of asthma. Rates of asthma increased with increasing age and women had higher rates of asthma than men. Bronchitis increased with increasing age most dramatically in the model treating bronchitis as an acute disorder. The risk of asthma appeared greater in the first year of union membership and for women. The authors conclude that information gathered from health insurance claims and workers' compensation claims, can be used for epidemiologic research.
NIOSH-Grant; Pulmonary-system-disorders; Risk-factors; Epidemiology; Woodworkers; Bronchial-asthma; Age-factors; Sex-factors
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