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Occupational asthma surveillance project.
Vollmer WM; Heumann M; O'Connor E; Breen VR; Villnave J; Frazier EA; Buist AS
Atlanta, GA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, U60-CCU-916057, 2001 Dec; :1-70
As part of a National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health-funded study of the incidence of occupation asthma, the electronic databases of a large health maintenance organization were used to develop a computerized algorithm for defining prevalent asthma. The predictive values of eight distinct utilization profiles were validated by chart review to establish the final algorithm. Using a 12-month window for analysis, we estimated a prevalence of 4.1 % among members aged 15-55, with the pharmacy and outpatient care databases accounting for 61 % and 66% of this total, respectively. By extending the search of the outpatient care database, the estimated prevalence increased to 5.3%, with 81 % of these accounted for by the outpatient care database. This analysis illustrates that electronic clinical information systems that provide disease-specific diagnostic Data for outpatient visits, coupled with electronic pharmacy records, provide a powerful and accurate tool to study asthma-related health care utilization and for population-based disease management.
Occupational-health; Surveillance-programs; Health-care; Disease-control; Occupational-diseases; Pulmonary-system-disorders; Respiratory-system-disorders
William M. Vollmer, PhD, Center for Health Research, 3800 N. Interstate Ave, Portland, OR 97227-1110
Final Cooperative Agreement Report
NTIS Accession No.
Disease and Injury; Asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Kaiser Foundation Research Institute
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