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Occupational health of Southeast Asian immigrants in a US city: a comparison of data sources.
Azaroff LS; Levenstein C; Wegman DH
Am J Public Health 2003 Apr; 93(4):593-598
This study sought to characterize occupational injury and illness cases identified through 3 different sources of data on a population of immigrant workers. Participants were Cambodian and Lao workers living in Lowell, Mass. A household survey allowed comparisons between characteristics of work-related cases documented in workers' compensation wage replacement records and hospital records and characteristics of self-reported cases. The household survey captured types of cases missing from existing data, particularly illnesses self-reported to be associated with chemical exposures. Injuries and illnesses affecting the study population appeared to be significantly underrepresented in workers' compensation wage replacement data. Community-based methods can supplement available occupational health data sources.
Occupational-health; Occupational-hazards; Health-care; Health-hazards; Work-environment; Safety-measures; Injuries; Occupational-exposure; Racial-factors
Lenore S. Azaroff, ScD, Work Environment Department, University of Massachusetts, Lowell, MA 01854
Issue of Publication
American Journal of Public Health
University of Lowell Research Foundation, Lowell, Massachusetts
Page last reviewed: June 15, 2021
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division