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Work-related asthma in Massachusetts: population-based data from the 2006 & 2007 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System adult asthma call-back survey.

Lutzker L
SENSOR Occup Lung Dis Bull 2008 Oct; :1-4
We are pleased to release this issue of the Occupational Lung Disease Bulletin, which presents population-based data on work-related asthma from the 2006 & 2007 BRFSS Adult Asthma Call-back Surveys. These Call-back Surveys are part of a new initiative by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health in collaboration with the CDC. The Call-back Survey is scheduled to continue on an annual basis, providing extensive data on asthma. Of particular interest, the Call-back contains questions about work-related asthma that offer new insight into the impact of workplace exposures on adult asthma. Especially striking in the Call-back data is the high percentage of respondents who describe the causation or exacerbation of their asthma by workplace conditions and the small proportion of these respondents who also report discussing the role of the workplace with their health care providers. In light of this finding, we encourage you to talk with your asthma patients about work-related symptoms.
Occupational-health; Work-environment; Workers; Occupational-exposure; Respiratory-system-disorders; Pulmonary-system-disorders; Bronchial-asthma; Surveillance-programs; Health-hazards; Worker-health; Occupational-diseases; Disease-prevention; Employee-exposure; Information-retrieval-systems; Information-processing; Statistical-analysis; Health-surveys; Age-factors; Medical-monitoring
Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Occupational Health Surveillance Program, 250 Washington Street, 6th Floor, Boston, MA 02108
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SENSOR Occupational Lung Disease Bulletin
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Massachusetts State Department of Public Health
Page last reviewed: March 25, 2022
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division