A descriptive study of work-aggravated asthma.
Goe-SK; Henneberger-PK; Reilly-MJ; Rosenman-KD; Schill-DP; Valiante-D; Flattery-J; Harrison-R; Davis-L; Tumpowsky-C; Filios-MS
Am J Respir Crit Care Med 2002 Apr; 165(8)(Suppl):A526
Work-related asthma (WRA) is currently the most common lung disease seen in occupational health clinics in the United States. A better understanding of work-aggravated asthma (W AA), as well as work-related new-onset asthma (NOA), is needed to aid in prevention efforts. This study compares W AA and NOA in the United States using cases reported from four states to the Sentinel Event Notification System for Occupational Risks (SENSOR) surveillance program between 1993 and 1995. Differences and similarities were noted in demographic features, primary industry, primary occupation, and exposure. 210 cases of WAA and 891 cases of NO A were reported between 1993 and 1995. W AA cases were significantly more likely to be younger (38y vs. 42y), female (69"/. vs. 53%), non-white (33% vs. 22%), employed in the service industry (400/. vs. 29%), and working in technical, sales, and administrative support occupations (34% vs. 18%) compared to NOA cases. WAA cases also reported mineral and inorganic dusts (21% vs. 10%) as the most common exposure agent, as opposed to NOA cases. WAA cases differ from NOA cases with respect to demographic characteristics, industry, occupation, and agents. An understanding of these differences is critical in planning and implementing preventative interventions.
Respiratory-system-disorders; Pulmonary-system-disorders; Surveillance-programs; Mineral-dusts; Occupations; Demographic-characteristics; Dusts
Abstract; Conference/Symposia Proceedings
Disease and Injury: Asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, 2002 International Conference, The American Thoracic Society, Atlanta Georgia, May 17-22, 2002