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American College of Chest Physicians issues consensus statement on diagnosing and treating work-related asthma.
SENSOR Occup Lung Dis Bull 2008 Dec; :1-2
This issue of the Occupational Lung Disease Bulletin provides a summary of the recently published consensus statement on work-related asthma (WRA) by the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP). The statement was published as a supplement to the September 2008 issue of CHEST. Physicians should ask all adults with new onset or worsening asthma about their work, according to a recent publication by the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP). ACCP convened an expert panel, including 17 occupational medicine physicians, allergists, and pulmonologists. After a rigorous review of evidence based practice, they issued a consensus statement in September 2008, noting that up to 25% of adult asthmatic patients may have work-related asthma. It is estimated that 10-15% of new onset adult asthma is initiated by workplace exposures - and another 10% of adults with pre-existing asthma have work-aggravated asthma. They noted that adults may develop asthma from sensitizers and irritants, naming this de novo asthma occupational asthma (OA).
Occupational-health; Work-environment; Workers; Occupational-exposure; Respiratory-system-disorders; Pulmonary-system-disorders; Bronchial-asthma; Surveillance-programs; Health-hazards; Worker-health; Occupational-diseases; Health-care; Disease-prevention; Physicians; Medical-monitoring; Medical-personnel; Medical-screening; Occupational-medicine; Occupational-respiratory-disease; Age-factors; Employee-exposure; Health-surveys; Sensitization
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