Characteristics of patients with work-related asthma seen in the New York State Occupational Health Clinics.
Fletcher-AM; London-MA; Gelberg-KH; Grey-AJ
J Occup Environ Med 2006 Nov; 48(11):1203-1211
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to characterize the work-related asthma population seen by the New York State Occupational Health Clinic Network (OHCN) to determine which industries, occupations, and causal agents are associated with work-related asthma in New York State (NYS). METHODS: The OHCN patient database was analyzed to identify those patients with a diagnosis of work-related asthma and medical charts were then abstracted for data on demographics, clinical history, disease severity, industry, occupation, and putative agent. RESULTS: The OHCN patients with work-related asthma were most commonly employed in the service and manufacturing industries. Common occupations included teachers, farm operators/managers, and construction trades. The most frequently reported putative agents associated with work-related asthma were dust, indoor air, mold, and solvents. CONCLUSIONS: Our findings suggest the potential importance of prevention of workplace exposure in reducing adult asthma in NYS.
Epidemiology; Statistical-analysis; Bronchial-asthma; Respiratory-system-disorders; Pulmonary-system-disorders; Age-factors; Age-groups; Demographic-characteristics; Construction-industry; Construction-workers; Agricultural-industry; Agricultural-workers; Teaching; Indoor-air-pollution; Dusts; Molds; Microorganisms; Indoor-environmental-quality
Alicia M. Fletcher, MPH, New York State Department of Health, Bureau of Occupational Health, Flanigan Square, 547 River Street, Rm. 230, Troy, NY 12180-2216
Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY 10029