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Work-related asthma in Massachusetts, 2001 results from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System.

Pechter E
SENSOR Occup Lung Dis Bull 2003 Apr; :1-2
This issue of the Bulletin provides results from the occupational asthma questions included in the BRFSS telephone survey, indicating that 27,000 adults in Massachusetts have work-related asthma. Please continue to report cases so we can work together to identify hazardous exposures and prevent this serious disease. The Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) is an annual, random-digit-dial telephone survey of adults aged 18 years and older that collects information on health risks, preventive behaviors and health conditions. The survey is conducted in all states as a joint effort of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state health departments. The survey consists of core questions developed by CDC that are asked in all states, optional CDC modules on specific health issues, and state-added questions on additional topics. In 2001, the core survey included two questions about asthma. That year, three states -- Massachusetts, Michigan and California -- added several specific questions about work-related asthma. Findings from the Massachusetts BRFSS are reported.
Occupational-health; Work-environment; Workers; Occupational-exposure; Respiratory-system-disorders; Pulmonary-system-disorders; Bronchial-asthma; Surveillance-programs; Health-hazards; Worker-health; Occupational-diseases; Employee-exposure; Information-retrieval-systems; Information-processing; Statistical-analysis; Health-surveys; Medical-monitoring; Questionnaires; Risk-factors; Behavior; Behavior-patterns; Disease-prevention
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: April 1, 2022
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division