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Asthma and nonresidential indoor environments.
Institute of Medicine Committee on the Assessment of Asthma and Indoor Air; Kreiss K
Clearing the air: asthma and indoor air exposures. Washington, DC: National Academies Press, 2000, Apr; :316-326
Many cross-sectional epidemiologic studies document an association of asthma diagnoses or asthma symptoms with aspects of the residential environment, such as dampness or mold. In contrast to residences, nonindustrial work buildings often have large numbers of occupants in whom the epidemiology of asthma can be studied in relation to the built environment. Several lines of evidence suggest the efficiency of pursuing indoor environmental factors in relation to asthma among office workers, school staff, and students. This chapter briefly reviews the scientific literature regarding asthma and nonresidential indoor environments-primarily office buildings and schools. Industrial environments, which may expose workers to a wide variety of allergens and irritants capable of inducing asthma (Chan-Yeung, 1995), are outside the scope of this chapter and report.
Indoor air pollution; Bronchial asthma; Respiratory system disorders; Pulmonary system disorders; Microorganisms; Ventilation systems; Office workers; Epidemiology; Statistical analysis; Indoor environmental quality
Clearing the air: asthma and indoor air exposures
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