Occupation held at the time of asthma symptom development.
Knoeller-GE; Mazurek-JM; Storey-E
Am J Ind Med 2013 Oct; 56(10):1165-1173
Background: Examining occupations other than those held when asthma symptoms first developed may not correctly identify occupations with higher risk of asthma onset. Methods: To determine the occupation held when individuals first developed asthma symptoms, we examined 2010 National Health Interview Survey data for working adults with current asthma. Results: Overall 37.1% of working adults with current asthma developed asthma while employed. Of these, the highest proportions of individuals identified office and administrative support (13.3%), sales and related (9.4%), and management (8.5%) as the occupation held when asthma first developed; 37.8% had a different current occupation than at asthma onset, and estimates of a change in occupation were highest for those who developed asthma while working in business and financial operations (49.3%), sales and related (48.6%), and healthcare support (43.8%) occupations. Conclusion: Future population-based studies should further examine associations between asthma and occupation held at time of asthma onset.
Respiration; Respiratory-system-disorders; Pulmonary-system; Pulmonary-system-disorders; Pulmonary-function; Pulmonary-disorders; Humans; Men; Women; Workers; Statistical-analysis; Surveillance;
Author Keywords: asthma; occupational group; healthy worker effect
Gretchen E. Knoeller MPH, 1095 Willowdale Road,MS H-G 900, Morgantown,WV 26505
American Journal of Industrial Medicine